PT Krakatau Steel awards SMS group modernization of hot strip mill

by David Fleschen

PT Krakatau Steel (Persero) Tbk, in Indonesia, has placed an order with SMS group for a state-of-the-art Electrics and Automation system for their hot strip mill no.1. The company, publicly listed and state-owned, operates its plant in Cilegon, Banten, Indonesia.

Hot strip mill no.1, originally constructed by SMS group in 1983, has been a significant part of PT Krakatau Steel's operations. The hot strip mill no.1 has one roughing mill stand with edger, six finishing mill stands and two down-coilers with annual production capacity designed for 2.4 million tons.

This new order follows the successful commissioning of hot strip mill no. 2 by SMS, highlighting the strong partnership between PT Krakatau Steel and SMS, and PT Krakatau Steel's ongoing trust in the cutting-edge technology provided by SMS.

Under this order, SMS will deliver an advanced X-Pact® electric and automation system, focusing primarily on level 1 and level 2 automation for the entire mill. This includes a new main and auxiliary drive system, as well as a low-voltage power distribution system for the finishing mill. The X-Pact® Vision HMI (Human-Machine Interface) with its advanced visualization concept and integrated faceplate technology will provide seamless operator guidance and enhanced maintenance flexibility. State-of-the-art level 2 mathematical models will further contribute to the improvement of the end product quality.

“This partnership highlights PT Krakatau Steel's commitment to technological advancements and their dedication to maintaining high-quality steel production. SMS group remains a key ally in achieving these goals.” said Bernhard Steenken, CSO, Region APAC & MEA, SMS group.

SMS group is renowned worldwide for its future-oriented technologies and outstanding service for the metals industry. The company applies its 150 years of experience and its digital know-how to provide the industry continuously with innovative products and processes – even beyond its core business – and generates worldwide sales of around 3.1 billion euros. SMS is the right partner for challenging projects, and supports its customers throughout the lifecycle of their plants, enabling profitable and resource-efficient value creation chains. Paving the way for a carbon-neutral and sustainable metals industry is the company’s stated goal. As a global player with German roots, SMS takes responsibility for its 14,400 employees.

Source and Photo: SMS Group

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