A steel finishing facility in Indiana, USA, which prefers to remain anonymous, has ordered a replacement control system for a continuous descaler and tandem cold mill producing special cold-rolled steel for the automotive industry.

Roanoke, USA-based TMEIC will provide an advanced automation system, including Level 1 programmable controllers, Level 2 supervisory control software, and operator interfaces, all integrated with a high-speed fibre-optic network and shared memory. It will interface with existing motors and variable frequency drives. The company will also be responsible for system commissioning, start-up and system performance optimisation.

TMEIC’s mill modernization expertise in successfully applying new technologies to existing assets allows its metals customers to offer a wider range of products to their markets.

TMEIC has developed control and modeling techniques that allow phased-in implementation of the new system. “This assures a high degree of confidence in the updated system’s functionality and performance before switchover from old to new control systems,” claims TMEIC, adding that these techniques minimise unplanned outages and downtime during transition.

TMEIC is currently exhibiting at the METEC exhibition in Dusseldorf, Germany.