Romanian company TMK-ARTROM has ordered a heat treatment line for tubes from the German SMS Group.

The company’s 160kt/yr Slatina plant produces seamless tubes, OCTG pipes and high strength tubes for mechanical applications.

The reason for the new equipment is that TMK-ARTROM wants to strengthen its presence on the market with tubes for mechanical applications and for oil and gas exploration.

According to SMS Group, the Slatina plant is schedules to commence operation in the second quarter of 2017.

“The heat treatment line ordered by TMK-ARTROM consists of an austenitising furnace with walking beam transport system, a quenching head, a quenching tank, a walking beam tempering furnace and a cooling bed. The line allows carrying out various process steps, such as quenching, tempering and normalising,” says SMS Group.

The heat treatment line will be capable of treating tubes up to a wall thickness of 60mm and is claimed to be suitable for the cost-effective processing of small batch sizes and different product groups. Fuel savings of up to 5% when compared with conventional burners are enabled because of ‘eco-friendly burners with very low nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in the furnaces.