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SMS-INNSE

THE CHALLENGE

In 2013, Tenaris Group, the biggest Italian supplier of seamless pipes, started the construction of a greenfield seamless pipe mill in Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas (US). In order to use the state-of-the-art technology available on the market, Tenaris appointed SMS INNSE (belonging to SMS Siemag Group) for the engineering and supply of the handling and finishing of the pipes.
In this scenario, SMS decided to design a continuous and efficient process able to automatically convey both chips and scraps, generated during the finishing process of the pipes surface, without using cranes or buckets.

 

THE CUSTOMER

Tenaris Group is the leading supplier for pipes, while the SMS Group is the world market leader for metallurgical plants and rolling mill equipment. The name SMS group stands for tailor-made plants, machineries and services, applying innovative ideas and globally uniform standards.

Tenaris awarded the SMS group a contract to supply the greenfield seamless pipe mill for its Bay City site in Texas, USA.
The Italian SMS branch, named SMS INNSE, was involved in the engineering and supply of the handling and finishing of the pipes. SMS INNSE has a long tradition in serving Clients worldwide with particular attention to Italy and surrounding countries. Its range of products and services extends from steelmaking to the shaping and processing of metals, counting on applications from carbon and special steel up to non-ferrous metals, especially aluminium and copper.

 

THE SOLUTION

In 2015, SMS INNSE awarded Magaldi a contract to supply five conveyors for the greenfield seamless pipe mill in Bay City (Texas, USA), to automatically evacuate both scraps and chips from the cutting machines.
The five Magaldi Superbelt® conveyors are installed in a pit and require very low maintenance and power demand. The rated power is only 3 HP per each conveyor, therefore O&M costs are significantly lower than conventional conveyors. The conveyor pans are made of Hardox400, an abrasive resistant steel, in order to resist to wearing and impact of the handled material that can sometimes come as clusters.
Each conveyor is 2.1 meters wide and it is equipped with a specifically-designed loading chute. Moreover, to allow a constant lubrication of all bearings both of idlers and drums, a centralised lubrication system is installed on the conveyors. A fifth conveyor is used to handle both scraps and chips coming from a water cutting machine. Due to the presence of water, the conveyor pans as well as the mesh are made of stainless steel.

 

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