ArcelorMittal Saldana upgrades rolling mill automation control system
The ArcelorMittal Saldanha Works was commissioned in late 1998 and currently produces 1.2 million tonnes of Hot Rolled Coil. Recently, Danieli Automation performed the switchover from the obsolete control system (Siemens Simadyn) to the new HiPAC controller for Roughing Mill Stand N.1. The HiPAC was seamlessly integrated into the existing automation system during normal production, without any dedicated shutdown time.
HiPAC proved to be the best solution to upgrade the widely adopted Siemens Simadyn control system.
Comment by Cobus Smit, Automation Project manager, ArcelorMittal South Africa said that “I congratulate all involved with the recent successful upgrade of rack NX31 used for Roughing Mill Stand No.1 control functions. Following the switchover to the new controller on 01/11, and the subsequent start-up after the shutdown, no significant issues have been reported. Given the scope and technical complexity associated with the integration and commissioning activities, I believe this is a significant achievement.”
Source : Strategic Research Institute