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voestalpine Upgrading Annealing Line Automation 

11/17/2020 - voestalpine has contracted Primetals Technologies to modernize a continuous annealing line’s basic automation system, the company has announced. 

According to Primetals Technologies, it will replace the basic automation system on the No. 1 annealing line at its Linz plant in Austria, a follow-on order to a partial modernization in 2018. 

In this phase of work, Primetals technologies said it will replace the sequence controllers.

“The signals will be interconnected via decentralized I/O systems, which are linked to the automation system by a fieldbus. The existing sensors and actuators will be linked into the newly supplied control cabinets. Some of the local control desks will also be modernized and the central I/O modules of the automation system will be replaced by new decentralized hardware,” it said. 

The project scope also includes updates to the visualization system, modernization of all motor feeders for the fixed-speed drives and power supplies, as well as the installation of a new safety concept throughout the entire plant. 

“The replacement of the now obsolete (automation) systems will improve the operational safety and availability of the annealing plant as well as increase personal safety,” Primetals Technologies said.