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Primetals Completes Overhaul of Rebar Mill

10/11/2017 - Russian long products manufacturer Abinsk Electric Steel has completed an overhaul of its meltshop and billet caster, according to the equipment supplier on the project. 

According to Primetals Technologies, the project has led to a 25% increase in billet production, taking it from 1.2 million metric tons to 1.5 million metric tons. 

"Additionally, Abinsk is now able to produce more quality steel grades, such as high-carbon steel for wire and spring steel. Moreover, the new technology not only increases the availability of the steel works, but also decreases maintenance costs," Primetals said in a statement. 

Under the project, Primetals installed a PLC-based electrode control system and a new oxygen injection system for the electric arc furnace; re-engineered the off-gas elbow and added a new furnace pressure control system. It also modified the furnace hydraulics to improve furnace movements and minimize power-off times.  

It upgraded the ladle furnace by equipping it with a four-strand wire feed and a lime injection system.

Primetals was responsible for the basic and detail engineering and supplied the new equipment. It also supervised construction and commissioning.