tk Rasselstein has 48-year old tandem cold mill modernized by SMS group
by Hans Diederichs
In March 2019, thyssenkrupp Rasselstein GmbH (tk Rasselstein) has awarded SMS group an order covering the modernization of the oil application system of the tandem cold mill No. 2. With the current modernization, tk Rasselstein wants to adjust the oil application system of the tandem cold mill to the continuously increasing future market requirements regarding product quality and thus further expand its market position.
At the time of commissioning in 1971, the six-stand tandem cold mill No. 2 was considered the latest cold rolling mill of this type in the Federal Republic of Germany. It already had a high degree of automation and achieved very good strip qualities at rolling speeds of up to 2,400 meters per minute. The modernization is aimed at achieving a high degree of flexibility regarding the control of various process-influencing parameters to produce state-of-the-art end products.
In addition to providing the required design services and supplying all mechanical equipment as well as the electrical and automation systems, the contracted scope of SMS group and Lux Automation GmbH, a company of SMS group, includes the dismantling of the old systems as well as the erection and commissioning of the new equipment. The modernization will be implemented in two stages of construction. Commissioning of the second construction phase is scheduled for 2021.
Source and photo: SMS group GmbH