SMS Group recently received an order for a continuous casting plant to produce India’s largest round blooms at its facility in Pune, Maharashtra from Kalyani Group’s company Saarloha Advanced Materials Private Limited. The start of production is planned for July 2024.
Saarloha Advanced Materials Private Limited, a Kalyani Group company, has awarded an order to SMS group for a continuous casting plant to produce India’s largest round blooms at its facility in Pune, Maharashtra. Designed for section sizes of 160 x 160 to 340 x 400 millimeters and with a round diameter of 500 millimeters, SMS will supply the complete plant technology for the continuous caster with the largest round profile in India. The start of production is planned for July 2024. The new continuous caster will be built next to the existing caster without affecting ongoing operations.
The caster will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology for enhanced cast product quality in a variety of special steels, including CONGAUGE, the patented mold level control system that also measures and controls the mold powder thickness along with the liquid steel level, CONDRIVE (mold oscillator drive) with servo drive for improved surface quality, as well as the mold and electromagnetic stirrers for enhanced internal quality and porosity. The caster will come with a mechanical soft and hard reduction system for improved segregation and center porosity. For re-stranding, a rigid dummy bar system will be provided, which enables fully automatic dummy bar insertion, and a traversing dummy bar unit. The system is designed for high productivity and low maintenance while at the same time facilitating precise alignment of the strand. For optimal process control and tracking, SMS plans to supply its Level 2 automation solution.
“SMS is a world leader in supplying advanced, high-quality equipment to the metals industry. Saarloha has recently launched India’s first green steel on the market – KALYANI FeRRESTATM. With its green steel offering and the addition of a feature-packed continuous caster from SMS, Saarloha will be able to get into new product segments and regional markets. We look forward to continued support from the SMS team,” says R. K. Goyal, Director at Saarloha.