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Nucor Hands SMS group Additional Plate Mill Equipment Order

3/10/2020 - Nucor has awarded a follow-on order to SMS group for reheating equipment to be installed at its greenfield plate mill in Kentucky.  

In a statement, SMS group said the order includes a walking beam furnace that will link the caster and rolling mill; bogie hearth furnaces to reheat various-sized ingots; and a downstream heat treat line.

“We are excited to be working with SMS group to have them supply critical equipment for our new plate mill in Kentucky, and to install their heat treatment line that utilizes the MultiFlex-Quench,” said Johnny Jacobs, Nucor Steel Brandenburg vice president and general manager.

The new order follows its contract to supply the facility’s slab caster, one that SMS group calls the largest such machine in the world. The caster will be capable of producing 3,150-mm-wide slabs between 200 mm and 305 mm thick.

SMS group said the follow-on order is for all of the new plate mill’s slab and ingot reheat equipment, a heat treatment line for heavy plate of up to 356 mm thick; and for a continuous heat treatment line with MultiFlex-Quench® technology for plate between 4.8 mm and 102 mm thick and up to 4,267 mm wide.

SMS group will supply all equipment complete with the associated electrical and automation systems. This includes the motors and converters, all sensors and technological measuring systems, the complete level 1 automation, and level 2 process models.

The new mill is scheduled to open in 2022.