India: Plant Engineering ABB to Supply Electromagnetic Brake Systems to Tata Steel Plant

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Tata Steel has selected ABB’s electromagnetic brake systems to improve quality and lower production costs at its flagship plant in Jamshedpur, India. The technology is able to achieve steel cleanliness similar to conventional vertical bending casters as well as improves the casting speed and increases the mold copper plate lifetime.

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By generating a static magnetic field, which decreases meniscus metal flow speed and turbulence, the ABB EMBR provides a whole range of metallurgical improvements.
By generating a static magnetic field, which decreases meniscus metal flow speed and turbulence, the ABB EMBR provides a whole range of metallurgical improvements.
(Source: ABB)

Bangalore/India – ABB will provide electromagnetic brake systems (EMBR) for two compact strip production (CSP) casters at Tata Steel’s flagship plant in Jamshedpur, India, working under contract from engineering and construction organization SMS Group.

ABB's scope of supply also includes DCS800 DC drives, dry type transformers, water cooling systems, commissioning services and metallurgical performance evaluation. ABB is contracted through SMS which specializes in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry.

ABB EMBR is installed on 40 percent of thin slab casting strands worldwide and allows for higher quality and faster throughput. This well-established technology enables steelmakers to achieve steel cleanliness similar to conventional vertical bending casters, improves casting speed and increases mold copper plate lifetime.

By generating a static magnetic field, which decreases meniscus metal flow speed and turbulence, the ABB EMBR provides a whole range of metallurgical improvements including elimination of mold powder entrapments, a more even molten mold powder layer and a meniscus which is flatter, hotter and less turbulent.

“The project at Tata Steel in Jamshedpur is a key order for ABB,” said Raghu Badrinathan, Area Sales Manager – ABB Metallurgy. “It builds on our large installed base with premier steel producers around the world.”

Vipul Gautam, Group Vice President, Global Account Executive for Tata Group, ABB said, “We believe that our metallurgy solutions and particularly the ABB EMBR solution will help Tata Steel to achieve superior performance of their casters in minimum time, lowering their cost of production while improving quality.”

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