Chinese steelmaker Shagang Wide Plate Mills has contracted Siemens VAI Metals to provide service support for its 5m plate mill No. 1 at its Zhangjiagang Works.

It is the first service contract for a plate mill in China for Siemens VAI Metals.

The Zhangjiagang plate mill is fitted with Siemens mechanical and electrical equipment and has been in operation since January 2007. The rolling stand has a rolling force of up to 10kt and is equipped with hydraulic roll gap control and work roll bending.

A Mulpic intensive cooling system is installed on the conveying side to provide the accelerated cooling required for the production of high-strength plates.

The plant can produce some 1.8Mt/y of heavy plate, mainly for shipbuilding, tube manufacture and the construction industry in China.

The Siemens maintenance team will include specialists for the control system, basic and process automation, process technology, mechanical and fluid systems and an expert for the Mulpic system.

Shagang Wide Plate Mill is part of the Jiangsu Shagang Group which has production of 23Mt/y.