Swiss Steel takes crucial step toward Industry 4.0

Swiss Steel has recently invested EUR 8.5M at their Emmenbrücke site in order to meet future customer demands for modified custom special steels. With the modernization of the steel rolling mill Swiss Steel, a company of the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group, is specifically focusing on the future demands of wire production. Swiss Steel is taking a crucial step towards Industry 4.0 in steel production.

New at the rolling mill is also the technology used from acceptance of the drawn wire to its pressing into coils at the two wire lines. After acceptance testing, the wire is transported by means of a vertical pallet system with 60 pallets and a smaller, horizontal hook conveyor to the state-of-the-art press. The technology replaces the almost 40-year-old horizontal transport via a hook conveyor.

Combined with the new press, the process is now faster and delivers more consistent quality while using much less energy: The loose wire is pressed into coils using two press plates to prevent damage to the product. The pressing power of this process can be adjusted to customer specification. The coils are then bound with flat steel strips for a more compact package. Compared to conventional binding with steel wire, transport safety and surface quality are guaranteed at all times. Swiss Steel is thus optimally prepared for the increasing demand in this area for higher coil weights and innovative process ideas.

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