Primetals receives FAC for revamping of AOD converter at Valbruna

by Hans Diederichs

In March 2020, Primetals Technologies has received the final acceptance certificates (FAC) from Acciaierie Valbruna for the mechanical and electrical revamping of the AOD converter at its production facility in Bolzano, Italy. One of the main reasons for the revamping was the modernization of the converter trunnion ring and tilting drive including a new shrink fit connection. Further on a new process optimization system (level 2) was installed by Primetals Technologies, and the process control system(level 1) as completion of replacement of mechanical and electrical parts for the trunnion ring and tilting drive. The level 2 system was adjusted and aligned to Valbruna’s production requirements via remote connection by the experts of Primetals Technologies from their offices in Austria. Additionally, the whole existing level-1-system was aligned and updated in cooperation with Valbruna. The revamping has improved the process stability, the production flexibility, and reduced the maintenance efforts for the AOD converter.

New process optimization and updated process control system

After several years of operation, Acciaierie Valbruna decided to install a level-2-system and to modernize the trunnion ring and tilting drive of its AOD converter in Bolzano, Italy. The new level-2-system allows interfacing and integration of the AOD refinement process with the steel plant upstream (arc furnace)and downstream LF as well as continuous casting activities, where another level 2 system of PrimetalsTechnologies is installed. The system also makes it possible to archive, search and elaborate all process data as well as the availability of the necessary reporting according to Valbruna's needs.

In the late summer of 2019, Primetals Technologies completed the mechanical and electrical modernization of AOD by a new trunnion ring and tilting drive gear to enable a shrink fit connection, new support bearings and a complete update of the process control system (level 1). In parallel a new process optimization system (level 2) was installed. Despite a challenging project management for both Primetals Technologies and Valbruna, the work was completed on time and with full customer satisfaction.

Fast project execution and remote support

Upon completion of the installation of the new systems, during normal operation, it was necessary to make further changes to the existing level-1-system to allow correct interface with the new process optimization system (level 2) in order to control and optimize the converter as desired. This work was done in close cooperation of the local task force of Valbruna and Primetals Technologies ́experts from Italy and Austria. The final adjustment and optimization of the level-2-system according to Valbruna’s requirements was done collaboratively via remote connection to metallurgist and automation experts in Austria. The long-time cooperation of the two companies was one key to the successful project execution. In March, Valbruna issued the final acceptance certificates (FAC) for the mechanical and electrical revamping of the AOD converter. The modernization reduced the maintenance efforts for the converter.

Source and photo: Primetals Technologies

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