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Dear Customer/Partner,
In this newsletter we will show you a really interesting customer case; how Usiminas in Brazil has managed to produce flat plates directly from quenching and reduced scrap to a very low level. It has taken some time, but savings are great!

Shapeline´s investments in China also show results. Two more flatness gauges for high quality plates are now successfully up and running. Read about them below.

We also intensify our sales in North America with a new network of sales people. Meet us in Indianapolis at the AISTech show in early May in Booth 945 and our complete network at our hospitality suite. You will find the invitation in this newsletter.

Hope to see you all soon!

Very best regards,
Pär Kierkegaard
Vice President, Mgr. Marketing and Sales


Usiminas reduces plate processing by flatness measurement

Usiminas Ipatinga, Brazil installed a new processing line for heavy plates in 2010 inclusive of three Shapeline flatness measurement gauges. The line consists of one plate quenching line, two shearing lines and one leveling line. With the help from plate flatness measurement systems, Usiminas has been able to systematically improve the heat-treatment and quenching of the plates. The result of this work has been a reduced need for leveling to only 20 % of the plates. In addition, the number of leveling passes has been reduced from 7 to normally 1-3 passes. Since the overall plate flatness is so high, only 0.07 % of the plates now need to be scrapped due to flatness.

Illustration: Schematic diagram of Usiminas production flow, SL indicates the Shapeline flatness measurement systems

Read the full story here..

Meet us at AISTech

As many of you probably know, AISTech, Indiana is coming up fairly shortly and we hope to see you there. Shapeline is exhibiting as usual and we are in Booth 945.

New for this year is that we like to invite you to the AIST hospitality suite to take place at the Marriott connected to Indy convention center, where the AISTech takes place. The event is arranged through our local US representative, Springer Co.

The Hospitality Suite starts Tuesday at 6 PM and is scheduled to finish at 1 AM. Come and go as you like, but we want to see you there, hungry and thirsty!

There will be plenty of possibilities to make new connections, so bring a bunch of business cards. We can also promise that there will be some entertainment.
Very welcome!


Baosteel, Shanghai, China, successfully starts up a Shapeline system

Baosteel, Shanghai, China, successfully starts up a Shapeline system at their new Heat Treatment line in their 2050 mm Hot strip mill.

Mr. Liu Tao, Process Engineer at the Heat Treatment Line, says; - “The Shapeline system is really helpful and convenient for both the commissioning and during operation. It lets us make the decision based on customer’s request in real time.”

Read the full press release here..


Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel, China, starts up a Shapeline flatness system for their new plate mill

Photo: Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel, China.

The steel producer Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel (JYXC), Jiang Yin, China, has successfully started up a Shapeline Flex flatness measurement system at their new production line for quenched and tempered heavy steel plates.

Read the full press release here..


New Shapeline Representatives

We are pleased to announce the addition two of new local Shapeline representatives in the United States and Mexico.

Springer Company and his Rep Partners will work with us through the United States. DJ and his Rep Partners have a great knowledge of the Steel and non-ferrous industries in the United States and we are glad to have them join the Shapeline Team!

 DJ Springer
 (412) 980-5475 Cell
 (724) 452-7737 Office
 Springer Company
 PO Box 26
 Zelienople, PA 16063. USA
ICE – Instrumentación y Control Especializado, was created in 2006 to represent several firms dedicated to instruments and control of both quality and production processes. ICE is directed by its owner Ms. Paloma González. She is BSEEC from ITESM and with more than 15 years of experience in the industry.

ICE represents Harris Instruments, Prest-mac, Radware and Shapeline in Mexico and Latin America and is active member of AIST - Mexico Chapter, with participation on several committees and helping to edit the bi-monthly magazine as well.

 Paloma González Robles
 Mob: +52 (181) 8020 3492
 Instrumentación y Control Especializado - ICE
 Ave. Eugenio Garza Sada 3791
 Monterrey, NL
 64860, MÉXICO 

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