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Vesuvius and thyssenkrupp CSA Cooperate for the Breakthrough Robotic Casting Technology

Robotic Casting Technology (RCT) is an in­dustry breakthrough that paves the way to­ wards a fully automatized monitoring of the steel continuous casting process. After Hy­undai adoption of RCT for their high perfor­mance steel caster in Dangjin, the turnkey 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 the Hyundai reference plant as well as in Vesuvius` Systems Technology Cen­ter in Ghlin/BE. The 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 the 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 tight­ ness 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.


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