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.