Vesuvius and thyssenkrupp CSA cooperate for the breakthrough Robotic Casting Technology
Vesuvius has been awarded with a turn key project in thyssenkrupp CSA (Brazil) for the installation of Robotic Casting Technology on both slab caster ladle platforms.
The Vesuvius Robotic Casting Technology (RCT) is offering a solution that automatically carries out all tasks and supervision necessary on the casting platform. It improves safety as the operators can be reassigned to process supervision tasks in a safer, remote working place. Moreover the Vesuvius RCT provides enhanced operations traceability, increased productivity, better reliability and consistency for all casting operations.
Robotic Casting Technology is an industry breakthrough that paves the way towards a fully automatized monitoring of the steel continuous casting process. After Hyundai adoption of RCT for their high performance steel caster in Dangjin, the turn key contract with thyssenkrupp CSA confirms the leadership of Vesuvius in developing high tech solutions for the future requests of the most advanced steel producers.
The project has been elaborated with CSA during the last 2 years including several customer visits in Hyundai reference plant as well as in our Systems Technology Center in Ghlin Belgium. Our customer CSA highly appreciated the solutions and standards that Vesuvius developed and implemented for fully automatic casting on continuous casting ladle and tundish casting platform. CSA is setting high expectations in operational safety and process repeatability with this robotic installation. The decision for our Ladle Tube Changer (LTC) was motivated by improved process safety as well as improved stability of casting conditions, especially for operations like ladle shroud handling and oxygen lancing of the casting channel.
At times when the major steel companies develop extremely demanding ultra high performance grades, RCT brings a critical step change in the quality performance of the continuous casting process: Improved steel quality protection through increased tightness between ladle and tundish as well as the possibility to perform safely the ladle opening with the ladle shroud submerged in the tundish steel bath.
The unique LTC concept has been proven during operation of the first generation, however the CSA project as such is an important milestone. Vesuvius are particularly proud of the trust that the thyssenkrupp group and CSA are showing for its products and service offering.