Ian Melin-Jones

Ian Melin-Jones

Valmet will supply an information management system to SSAB's steel mill in Raahe, Finland, to manage iron production and raw materials. The system will be integrated with the mill's Valmet DNA automation system and replace an existing production management system.

The order is included in Valmet's third quarter of 2018 orders received. The system will be taken into production use in spring 2020.

"Valmet will provide us with a comprehensive production management level solution, including hardware and software. The flexible delivery model has taken into account future system development needs, and upkeep services will ensure a long system life cycle," says Marko Tilja, Project Manager at SSAB's Raahe mill.

With the new information management system supplied by Valmet, SSAB's Raahe mill will be able to improve production and raw material management. Copyright: SSAB.With the new information management system supplied by Valmet, SSAB's Raahe mill will be able to improve production and raw material management. Copyright: SSAB.

"In recent times, we have increasingly invested in developing our production management solutions. This order is very significant for us, as it shows our capability to supply not only distributed control systems, but also production management solutions. The entire sales process was carried out with excellent cooperation between SSAB's and Valmet's key people, giving a good starting point for the delivery," states Jani Hautaluoma, Director, Process Automation, Valmet.

Cooperation between the Raahe mill and Valmet started back in 1986 when Valmet delivered a Damatic Classic system for the customer's coking plant. It has been followed by many other system deliveries for various processes at the steel mill.

Information about Valmet's delivery

Valmet's delivery includes a Valmet DNA information management system for iron production and a Valmet DNA Integrated Operations data collection application for reporting, data collection, recipe calculation, production planning and raw material management. Through the integration of modern user interfaces and reports, the mill will be able to improve production optimization and raw material management.

"Flexible reporting tools and upgraded user interfaces ensure that both production management and raw material management can be developed in the future. Valmet's local support ensures reliable system upkeep. And we plan to continue strengthening our delivery and support organization further," adds Hautaluoma.

Information about SSAB and its Raahe mill

SSAB is a highly specialized global steel company with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. It employs approximately 15,000 people in over 50 countries, and its net sales amounted to SEK 66 billion in 2017. The Raahe mill produces standard, premium and specialty steels. Its main products are hot-rolled plates and coil products. The mill employs approximately 2,400 people in its production.

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works’ (MMK) hot-rolling mill 2000 produced 527,955 tonnes of rolled metal in July 2018, a new monthly record for this unit.

The previous record of monthly output of hot-rolled steel was achieved by MMK’s most productive rolling unit quite recently: in May the mill produced 527,505 tonnes of product.

2016 04 07 064954The unit, commissioned in 1994, is one of the most powerful in Russia. It is located within MMK’s sheet rolling shop No. 10 (LPTS-10). In the middle of the 2000s, the mill was reconstructed. As part of the modernisation programme, a fourth heating furnace was built and the mechanical equipment of the mill was renewed, allowing the production of a thicker range and the improvement of the mechanical properties of the products. The productivity of the unit has also increased, reaching 6 million tonnes per year. In recent years, the mill has been working at maximum capacity. In 2015, the unit crossed the production threshold of 100 million tonnes of hot-rolled products.

All currently existing steel grades can be produced by the mill’s equipment. The width of the produced sheet varies from 760 to 1,830 millimetres. The range of products manufactured by the unit is the broadest at the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works, numbering approximately a thousand items. The variety of ways in which the mill's products can be applied is also diverse: including pipe production, construction industry, engineering. The mill produces naval and structural types of steel, as well as rolling steel, from which automotive sheets are subsequently manufactured.

About MMK

MMK is one of the world's largest steel producers and a leading Russian metals company. The company's operations in Russia include a large steel-producing complex encompassing the entire production chain, from the preparation of iron ore to downstream processing of rolled steel. MMK turns out a broad range of steel products with a predominant share of high-value-added products. In 2017, the company produced 12.9 million tonnes of crude steel and 11.6 million tonnes of commercial steel products. MMK Group had sales in 2017 of USD 7,546 million and EBITDA of USD 2,032 million.

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In times of fundamental global, economic and political changes it is as important as ever to expand worldwide techical competencies in order to continue playing in the first league with international competitors.

The Indian trade fair trio wire India, Tube India and Metallurgy India will succeed in doing just that for the seventh time now from 27 to 29 November 2018. In cooperation with Messe Düsseldorf India, Messe Düsseldorf has held these three leading trade fairs in India for years now and with growing success.  

To the tune of 400 exhibitors from 25 countries have registered so far. Alongside many Indian exhibitors and companies from neighbouring countries there are exhibitors from Germany, Italy, Austria, the USA and China. Around 12,000 international trade visitors are expected to attend.

At the Mumbai Convention and Exhibition Centre exhibitors from throughout the world will be showing the latest machinery and equipment, state-of-the-art technolgies and services from the fields of wire and cable making, tube production, tube processing and metallurgy.  

At wire India 2018 machinery and equipment for wire production and finishing, forming, spring making, cable and strand making, tools and auxiliaries for process engineering, measuring and control technology as well as all types of wires, cables and sheet metal can be found. Such companies as Wafios AG, Sikora AG, Saarstahl AG, Conoptica A.S., Sampsistemi Srl, Mario Frigerio S.p.A., Maillefer Extrusion Oy, Mexichem Specialty Compounds Ltd, Rosendahl Nextrom GmbH and Buss AG, to name but a few, have already filed binding registrations.  

Tube India 2018 covers the complete spectrum ranging from tube production and finishing through tube processing and raw materials to tubes and tube accessories, tube trade, tube production machinery, second-hand machinery, process engineering tools, auxiliaries as well as measuring, control and inspection technology. Linsinger Maschinenbau GmbH, Mair Research S.p.A., Officine M.T.M. S.p.A, Tata Steel Ltd and Inductotherm Pvt. Ltd are just some of the well-known enterprises exhibiting at Tube India 2018.

For further information on the trade fairs visit their web portals at: www.wire-india.com, www.tube-india.com, www.metallurgy-india.com or contact Messe Düsseldorf, Mr Gunnar Ahrens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text319+'<\/a>'; //--> or by telephone on +49 (0) 211 4560 7725.

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