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Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications SEAISI 2009, Kuala Lumpur.

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1 Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications SEAISI 2009, Kuala Lumpur

2 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 20092 Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook Introduction Key Aspects for Automation Automation on Casting Platform Automation of Ladle Gate Preparation Summary and Outlook

3 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 20093 Automation in todays steel industry Introduction Increasing demand for automation solutions Safety, process reliability and costs INTERSTOPs contribution Automation solutions to complement INTERSTOPs flow control systems Focus on automation-ready process solutions Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

4 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 20094 Safety Key Aspects for Automation Dangerous tasks at ladle prep areaon casting platform Coupling of casting cylinder Handling of ladle shroud O 2 -lancing Break out of refractory Handling of heavy loads Automation Solution to ensure safety Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

5 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 20095 Key Aspects for Automation Process reliability Financial issues Automation Cost reduction Cost savings At ladle prep area Reduced quality due to harsh working conditions Operational safety issues Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

6 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 20096 Manual coupling of casting cylinder Automation on Casting Platform Common practice: With INTERSTOPs SNAP coupling: Mounting Coupling Release Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

7 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 20097 Manual coupling of casting cylinder Automation on Casting Platform Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

8 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 20098 Automatic coupling of casting cylinder Automation on Casting Platform State-of-the-art Base for automatic coupling is the SNAP coupling Position detection and positioning purely mechanical Worldwide first fully automatic ladle gate handling system SSAB Tunnplat, Lulea, Sweden INTERSTOP together with MTAG Marti-Technology Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

9 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 20099 Automatic coupling of casting cylinder Automation on Casting Platform Near future applications Robotic handling solutions e.g. LiquiRob® by Siemens VAI Base for automatic coupling is SNAP coupling Position detection and positioning by robot Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

10 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 200910 Automatic coupling of ladle shroud Automation on Casting Platform State-of-the-art Manually operated or semi-automatic manipulators Manipulator remains connected during casting Future application Handling by automatic handling system e.g. robotic solution Ladle shroud clamping device as part of the ladle gate Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

11 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 200911 Automatic coupling of ladle shroud Automation on Casting Platform Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

12 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 200912 Current situation Automation of Ladle Gate Preparation Harsh working conditions at ladle prep areas Operators exposed to fumes, dust and high temperatures Exhausting tasks for operators Risk of Reduced refractory lifetime Breakouts Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

13 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 200913 Vision - Automation System Automation of Ladle Gate Preparation All tasks to be automated Modular concept Automation-ready equipment Specifically developed tools Requirements Robotic solution by automation partner Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

14 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 200914 Sequence of ladle preparation Automation of Ladle Gate Preparation Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook Start Position detection Scenario independent tasks Refractorycheck Choosescenario Scenario dependent tasks Check & Release Operator System ResponsibilityTasks

15 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 200915 Automation-ready ladle gate Automation of Ladle Gate Preparation Mounting cylinder with SNAP coupling Easy tension release Large access to refractory parts Simple plate centring CS ladle gate designed to adapt all features Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

16 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 200916 Advantages Automation of Ladle Gate Preparation Cost savings due to higher process reliability Cost reduction due to less operational efforts Increased operational safety Potentially dangerous tasks performed by the automation system Improved quality management Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

17 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 200917 Automation for ladle gate application Summary and Outlook Ladle gate specific task are due for automation in the near future Driving features are safety, process reliability and financial aspects Stopinc and RHI focus on solutions based on INTERSTOPs automation-ready equipment In short term robotic solutions on casting platform will be operational In mid term INTERSTOPs vision of the ladle prep area will become reality Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

18 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 200918 INTERSTOPs Vision Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook

19 SEAISI 2009: Automation Solutions for Ladle Gate Applications May, 200919 End Thank you for your attention Content Introduction Key aspects Casting platform Ladle gate preparation Summary and Outlook


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