New Standard in Plant Automation for ERW Welded Tube Plants

Growing production flexibility, ever-smaller batch sizes, and increasingly expanding production mixes are requirements that apply to production processes in the steel industry today. Alongside these factors, continuing further development of automation technology is essential for remaining competitive and supporting production staff with the latest automation solutions.

The Quicksetting module used in ERW welded tube plants was newly implemented in 2019. With the implementation, it received an update using current software technology and a new, web-based user interface. The new Quicksetting module was also integrated into the X-Pact® brand family.

Combining the automation system with intelligent database software creates the link between plant engineering, technological know-how, and operation. The X-Pact® Quicksetting system provides intelligent connectivity and systematic networking, setting a new standard in plant automation.

SMS group has developed an innovative, integrated solution for the shortest possible change-over times for ERW welded tube plants. The centrepiece of this solution is the X-Pact® Quicksetting system. It reduces change-over and setting times in welded tube plants for increased productivity. Product quality can also be reproduced and continuously improved using database-supported plant settings. The system fulfils the current requirements for high production flexibility with ever-smaller batch sizes and wider production mixes.

The X-Pact® Quicksetting stores the parameters and roll data for the product portfolio in a database. The data record can then be gradually supplemented to include the plant owner’s customised settings.

As part of X-Pact® Process Guidance, X-Pact® Quicksetting makes it easy to get the best out of your plant. The operator uses the intuitive user interface of the intelligent, database-supported software to set the desired tube format and transfer it to the plant, and the corresponding settings are executed automatically. The settings can be easily stored to achieve consistent results, enabling the reliable reproduction of tubes with the same parameters and quality.

The system also provides a platform and the possibility to run multiple licenses for welded tube plants on one physical server.

The SMS group’s exhibition stand B04 can be found in Hall 7a.

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