ArcelorMittal Asturias, Avilés, Spain, has contracted SMS group for a comprehensive conversion of the company’s two-strand slab caster No. 2.
The two-strand slab caster No. 2 was originally supplied by SMS group in 1987. Since then it has produced approximately 1.9 MT per year of steel slabs with thicknesses of 235 and 280 millimeters and a maximum width of 1,600 millimeters.
After the modernization, the continuous caster will be able to produce up to 2.7 MT of steel slabs per year with thicknesses of 235, 300 and 365 millimeters and widths from 800 to 2,200 millimeters.
The greatest challenge of this project was the customer’s request to expand the slab width from 1,600 to 2,200 millimeters without extensive rebuilding of the foundations and the resulting prolongation of the building phase, which would have made the overall project less efficient.