Japanese group Sumitomo Metal Industries has given Siemens VAI Metals Technologies the final acceptance certificate for the Mulpic (Multi-Purpose-interrupted-Cooling) system installed in the plate rolling mill at its Kashima Works.

Sumitomo is the first Japanese steelmaker to choose Mulpic for the production of plates for shipbuilding and pipe production. The cooling system was part of a modernisation of the heavy-plate line in Kashima.

The installation of the intensive cooling system in Sumitomo’s Kashima Works was completed following a planned 25-day plant shutdown in the summer of 2010, which included the removal of an existing cooling system.

The modular design philosophy used in the Mulpic reduced installation time and Final Acceptance was achieved with all guarantees passed.