thyssenkrupp Rasselstein is to modernising its oil application system on its tandem cold mill number two. The mill was supplied and installed in March 2019 by SMS-group of Germany.

The modernisation revolves around tk's desire to keep up to speed with future market requirements in terms of product quality. According to SMS group, the steelmaker was to 'further expand its market position'.

At the time of commissioning in 1971, the Rasselstein six-stand tandem cold mill No. 2 was considered the latest cold rolling mill of its kind in the Federal Republic of Germany. It already had a high degree of automation and achieved very good strip qualities at rolling speeds of up to 2,400 metres per minute.

The modernisation is aimed at achieving a high degree of flexibility in terms of the control of various process-influencing parameters for the production of state-of-the-art end-products.

In addition to providing the required design services and supplying all mechanical equipment as well as the electrical and automation systems, the contracted scope of SMS group and Lux Automation GmbH, which is part of the SMS group, includes the dismantling of the old systems as well as the erection and commissioning of new equipment.

The modernisation will be implemented in two stages. Commissioning of the second construction phase is scheduled for 2021.