Complex material handling in steel plant

Braun Maschinenfabrik has supplied a complete abrasive cut-off machine for hot cutting of radially forged bars at a stainless steel plant in Bolzano, Italy. To integrate the machine in the forging line, Braun had to completely review the material handling process and installed 68 geared motors from WEG subsidiary Watt Drive on the implemented, fully automated conveyor solution.

To drive the various units of the specially developed material handling system, which Braun implemented together with a TS 12 W type abrasive cut-off machine in the stainless steel mill – operated by the Acciaierie Valbruna S.p.a. Company in Bolzano, the firm installed Watt Drive geared motors. “The compact, modular design of the Watt Drive geared motors enable us to deal with many new and complex tasks in the field of material handling for our high-performance abrasive cut-off and surface grinding machines”, said Stefan Purrer, the head construction and project engineer, Braun.


Upon completion of the abrasive cutting procedure, the forged pieces are moved on for cooling to the chain conveyor or the chain vat. The chain conveyor drive systems, two F111 type parallel shaft geared motors with a power rating of 3 kW each, are designed to operate in surrounding temperatures of up to +60°C.

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