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Long product steelmaking

Building the world

Technology is rapidly moving forwards, enabling us Steel is integral to this progress. Without steel, the
to reach the other side of the world within a few wheels of todays industry would grind to a halt:
hours, build skyscrapers that dominate the skyline, trains would no longer run, ships would no longer
construct bridges between countries and produce set sail and planes would no longer be able to take
energy using wheels as large as football fields. to the skies.
These are just a few examples of how far technology
has come but in a world where technology is Steel builds our world and keeps it moving.
progressing so quickly, consumer demands are also
increasing in line with the rate of technological

Steelmaking is essential to todays society. logical innovations. SMS Concast helps to build the
SMS Concast machines and plants produce a broad world and keep it moving, by providing products for
range of steel grades. They allow customers to energy production, construction and transport.
develop a variety of products to speed up techno-

A technology powerhouse

Expertise and experience, reliability and flexibility

these are the hallmarks of SMS Concast. This
leading supplier of electric steelmaking and casting
technology helps customers worldwide achieve a
competitive edge in their markets.

SMS Concast offers high-performance plant and

machinery for steelmaking, secondary metallurgy
and continuous casting.

To perform well in areas such as consulting, engi-

neering, commissioning and service, our employees
offer a combination of both outstanding expertise
and flexibility. Thats why SMS Concast solutions
deliver such excellent benefits for their customers.

Since 1954, SMS Concast has supplied more
continuous casting installations than anyone else in
the industry. Over the years, it has designed a great
range of innovative products that improve the
steelmaking process.

SMS Concast belongs to the SMS group and is part of
the SMS Meer business area. Together, SMS Concast
and SMS Meer are able to better serve the growing
demand for state-of-the-art minimills. The two
companies turned the idea of an integrated plant
with an electric arc furnace (EAF) and rolling mill into

Strong, successful, together

The SMS group is among the leading plant and machinery construction companies for steel, aluminum and
non-ferrous metal processing. It comprises two business areas: SMS Siemag and SMS Meer.


SMS Siemag has more than 100 years experience SMS Meer is a leading supplier of plant and
in reduction processes. Additionally, it is a leader in machinery for steelmaking, tubes, long products,
steelmaking and secondary metallurgy technology. forging and heating technology. Its solutions
SMS Siemags extensive portfolio also includes provide customers with tangible benefits in
continuous casting, CSP technology, hot and cold challenging markets: steel for tire cord, tubes for
rolling mills, strip processing plants, and alumi- pipelines, heavy structural profiles, wheels for
num plants. The high-quality steel products of high-speed trains, and aluminum for use in
SMS Siemag start with thin, medium and thick skyscrapers and offshore wind turbines.
slabs. Its products are used in the steel, alumi-
num and non-ferrous metal industry worldwide. Within the SMS Meer business area, SMS Concast
is the specialist in long product steelmaking.

Always innovative

Concast AG is founded The merger between Schloemann and Siemag forms

by Irving Rossi SMS Schloemann-Siemag, and SMS Schloemann-
Siemag becomes main shareholder of Concast AG

Schloemann becomes a Concast begins specializing in the

Concast shareholder design and engineering of continuous
casters for long products


1950 1960 1970 1980 1990


Collaboration with Mannesmann on

the development of a continuous
casting process

Conseal: time-efficient preparation

of strands before casting

SMS Holding becomes a 100 percent SMS Concast becomes part of
shareholder of Concast the SMS Meer business area
Concast launches its Electric Arc
Furnace (EAF) business (taken over
from ABB)

Concast is renamed
SMS Concast

2000 2010 2020

Conmould: mold production Invex: Concor: strand-guiding roller

Convex: technology
and refurbishment faster casting and for optimized internal cooling
for more
direct feeding of
rapid casting
Trueflow: billets to rolling Concharge:
special plating process mills charging concept

Conmax: Conmark: Conmould: the competence center for Condoor: revolutionary

nozzles marking machine mould production and refurbishment slag-door concept for EAFs

From steelmaking to casting an end-to-end offering


Our solutions are suitable for all individual Integrated process automation and a robust Secondary metallur
iron-input materials and combinations: design ensure maximum productivity with correct steel compos
minimum production costs. Additionally, state- effectively as possible
of-the-art technologies minimize emissions:

n Storage, handling and charging system n Alternating current (AC) and direct current n Ladle furnace (LF)
for scrap/direct reduced iron (DRI)/ (DC) electric arc furnace (EAF) with single n Vacuum degasser (VD
hot briquetted iron (HBI) or multi-bucket charge
n Vacuum oxygen decarb
n Hot metal handling and charging system n Chemical-energy technology
n  rimming/chemical heat
n  crap-preheating system
nMechanical or steam inje
n Fume treatment and dust-collecting plant pumps
n Material handling and additions system




rgy systems achieve the Our continuous casting machines (CCM) pro- SMS Concast plant and machinery produce a
sition as quickly and cost duce billets, blooms, rounds and beam blanks, wide range of steel semi-finished products:
e. ranging from construction steel grades to
high-quality products for high-end applications.

n  emi-continuous super-jumbo caster

S n Stainless, bearing and spring steel
D) n Continuous combi caster (bar and wire)

burization n  ontinuous beam-blank caster

C n Special bar quality (SBQ) steels for tire
cord, free cutting, forging etc.
ting station n Continuous bloom caster (1000 mm )
Steel for rails, seamless tubes and
ection vacuum n Continuous billet caster
welded tubes
n  einforcing steel bar



Integrated solutions for greater customer value

benchmarks within the industry. Nowadays, the key

benefits of SMS minimills include lower energy
consumption, reduced costs and fewer emissions.

SMS Concast offers the full range of state-of-the-

art minimill technology: from logistics solutions for
handling raw materials (scrap, DRI, HBI or hot
metal) to continuous casting machines using the
latest equipment, such as the INVEX mold system.

CMT stands for Continuous Mill Technology, and

allows cast billets or blooms to be charged directly
into the rolling mill, at a high temperature. This
does away with the need for conventional reheating
furnaces, making CMT crucial to more energy-
efficient long product minimills. SMS Concast and
SMS Meer developed CMT together.

SMS Concast melt-shop technologies, combined

with SMS Meer rolling mills, set the benchmarks
Minimills are part of the SMS groups DNA. About for long product minimills with capacities from
40 years ago, SMS turned the idea of a minimill 350,000 to more than 2,000,000 tons per year.
into reality, and the first plants with an EAF and Highly efficient, flexible plants around the world are
associated rolling mill were built. Since then, testament to our expertise in minimills. We give
SMS minimill technology has continued to set new customers a competitive edge through:


1 Electric arc furnace Customized solutions

2 Ladle furnaces

Vacuum degasser
4 Continuous casting machine
5 Fume dedusting plant

2 processes
production results
transport on rail
10 transport by over head crane Ecologically sustainable

Tung Ho Steels plant in Taiwan has implemented the basic minimill concept in an exemplary way, with short
processing times and a direct link between the rolling mill and the steel plant. The hot billets running out of the
continuous caster (with a capacity of 40 to 45 tons/hour per strand) are immediately brought to a single, uniform
temperature in the inductive heating plant. Then the billets run directly into the rebar rolling mill. This means a
gas or oil fired reheating furnace upstream of the rolling mill is no longer needed.

The minimill at Tung Ho is a best-practice example of groundbreaking power efficiency.

Ecoplants criteria

Ecological benefit:
Emissions savings:
72,000 t CO2 p.a.
410 t So2 p.a.
225 t NOx p.a.

Economic benefit
Cost reduction: 11 /t
Companies all over the world rely on SMS Concast

SHAGANG GROUP Watch the video

Since the early 90s, SMS Concast has been a key supplier
of continuous casting technology to the Shagang Group in
Jiangsu province, China. The group has ordered as many as
71 casting strands for long products in various machines, all
designed by SMS Concast.

JINDAL SOUTH WEST (JSW) Watch the video

Thanks to the tremendous progress in high-speed casting,
especially using SMS Concasts CONVEX Technology, JSW
has achieved production rates of more than 200,000 tons per
year and strand. The modern casting plant at Jindal incorpo-
rates all the equipment and technology required for high-quality
products: CONVEX Technology molds, electromagnetic mold
stirrers, hydraulic oscillators and Conseal IV systems.

IDAS Watch the video

SMS Concast supplied 100 percent of the plant and
machinery at the IDAS steel plant (Scrap-preheating, EAF,
LF CCM). SMS Concast was able to meet the vast majority
of IDAS requirements, including maximized rate of
energy input, reduced downtime, and controlled metallurgi-
cal operation through a cutting-edge automated system.

NUCOR STEEL Watch the video

Nucor Steel is one of the leading steel producers in the
United States. SMS Concast is proud to be its chosen
supplier for all plant and machinery for EAFs, LF and the

TUNG HO STEEL Watch the video
As an up-and-coming industrial nation, Taiwan is faced with
huge challenges. Oil and gas must be imported, resulting in
high energy costs. Tung Ho Steel near Taipei therefore
commissioned a high-performance plant with low energy
consumption and minimum emissions. The solution: CMT
technology from SMS Concast.

CONCOR Watch the video

The new cooled Concor strand-guiding roller developed
by SMS Concast combines several benefits: space-effi-
cient installation, intensive internal cooling of all critical
components and lifetime lubrication. The roller comprises
two innovative bearing shells and has an exceptionally
long service life.

Find out more by watching our videos at

Act economically grow sustainably

Reconciling sustainability with economic growth is a challenge facing practically

all markets worldwide. Particularly in the metal industry with its comparatively
high energy savings potential, this topic is playing an ever more important role.
SMS Meer has recognised this and offers machines and plants which give equal
ecoplants consideration to both aspects. Ecoplants is the new hallmark from SMS Meer for
sustainable solutions.


Ecoplants reduce raw material input, emissions The economic and ecological advantages of the
and energy consumption and improve the recycling ecoplants solutions can be clearly proven through
quota. These factors are examined and measured the direct comparison with the previous technology.
on every reference plant. If these are satisfied, The CO2 savings per year are thereby just as important
SMS Meer rates the corresponding product and the today for many companies as the cost reduction per
respective reference plant as an ecoplants solution tonne.
provided a further crucial condition is also met:
Every ecoplants solution has to offer the plant
owner real tangible economic advantages.

We were able to up production, cut costs

thanks to energy-efficient processes and
do something for the environment at the
same time. So we not only save on emis-
sions, but also hard cash.

Tim Hsu, Tung Ho Steel

Find out more on
our website:

One step ahead of the competition

SMS Concasts business partners have long been where the SMS Concast Service comes in, with
satisfied with their plant and machinery. Not least concepts for process optimization or maintenance.
because SMS Concasts employees take care of And when market requirements change, our plant
plant operators needs across the entire lifetime of and machinery change with them: SMS Concast
a plant, even after commissioning. SMS Concast modernizes veteran plants and adapts them to
is always on hand to provide the required service current requirements. Thanks to increased produc-
from short-term emergency operations to tivity and product quality, the customer always
regular maintenance work. And if customers wish remains one step ahead of the competition.
to train their staff or need support with production,
our specialists are ready to help. SMS Concast ORGANIZING SPARE
experts analyze processes and show ways in which PARTS PROPERLY
they can be optimized. Spare parts must always be available to keep
production downtime to a minimum. At the same
There is always a demand for new ways to make time, investment and storage costs must be kept
production more reliable and profitable. That is low. Thats why SMS Concast supplies wear and
spare parts quickly and reliably for all stages of
production, supporting customers with spare parts
management. SMS Concasts employees know
exactly which parts must be stocked for which
machine. SMS Concast can even handle stock-

SMS Concast conducts equipment checks and
performs maintenance and monitoring, either
on-site at the customers plant or online via a
remote service. SMS Concast can also assume
responsibility for all maintenance services, as part
of an all-inclusive, user-friendly package, upon


Plants designed for eternity also need to be
re-equipped from time to time, as markets and
production processes are continuously changing.
Working together with its customers, SMS Concast
finds the right solution for every modernization
project. This allows business partners to maintain
a strong market position, even decades later.

Even in emergencies, customers can rely on RECYCLING MOLDS: THE
SMS Concast Service: the technicians help with SMS CONCAST MOLD CENTER
troubleshooting and repair damages quickly and
easily, ensuring that the customers plant is up SMS Concasts patented manufacturing process
and running again as quickly as possible. enables it to recondition used mold tubes several
times over, cost-effectively and sustainably.
TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR STAFF Casthouse operators simply collect the used
How should plant and machinery be operated, molds and send them to SMS Concast, where
maintained and overhauled? To help its customers specialists restore the hard-chromium plating of
find answers to these questions, SMS Concast the inner surface. With the exception of plate
shares its expertise. Technical procedures, methods molds, mold wall thickness remains the same
and skills are typical areas in which SMS Concast over the entire life of a product. A reconditioned
offers workforce training. The training ensures mold tube delivers exactly the same performance
employees are knowledgeable about every aspect, as new tubes, and has the same service life.
so that they can significantly contribute to their Plant operators therefore benefit from a signifi-
companys success. cant reduction in costs for wear and spare parts.

CONSULTING PROVIDES CERTAINTY The manufacturing concept even allows for

Whether its advice on a maintenance concept, geometric changes, for example, for larger or
consulting on processes or a feasibility study smaller cross sections. A further benefit is that
SMS Concast helps its customers come to the external geometry of the tube remains
decisions. SMS Concasts consultants look into unchanged. This means plant operators can easily
the customers problems and develop suitable switch formats or enlarge their product portfolio
solutions. But that is only the beginning: with SMS Concast mold tubes.
SMS Concast can also provide support with
implementing the solution.

Think local, act global



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