ABB Technology to Improve Quality and Lower Production Costs for Tata Steel Plant in India

Zurich, Switzerland and Bangalore, India – ABB, a leading global technology company, will provide electromagnetic brake systems (EMBR) for two compact strip production (CSP) casters at Tata Steel’s flagship plant in Jamshedpur, India, under a contract with engineering and construction organization SMS Group. ABB's scope of supply also includes DCS800 DC drives, dry-type transformers, water cooling systems, commissioning services, and metallurgical performance evaluation. The company is contracted through SMS, which specializes in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry.

The contract builds on the company’s extensive installed base with world-class steel producers. ABB EMBR is installed on 40 percent of thin slab casting strands worldwide, improving quality and throughput. This well-established technology, developed by the company in 1985, allows steelmakers to achieve steel cleanliness similar to conventional vertical bending casters while also increasing casting speed and mold copper plate lifetime. The ABB EMBR generates a static magnetic field that reduces meniscus metal flow speed and turbulence, resulting in metallurgical improvements such as mold powder entrapment elimination, a more even molten mold powder layer, and a flatter, hotter, and less turbulent meniscus.

Raghu Badrinathan, Area Sales Manager, ABB Metallurgy, said, “The project at Tata Steel in Jamshedpur is a key order for ABB. It builds on our large installed base with premier steel producers around the world.”

To this, Vipul Gautam, Group Vice President, Global Account Executive for Tata Group, ABB, added, “Tata Steel is a highly valued customer for ABB, and it is our continuous endeavor to provide the best-in-class technology and solutions to them. We believe that our metallurgy solutions, in particular the ABB EMBR solution, will help them to achieve superior performance of their casters in a minimum of time, lowering their cost of production while improving quality.”

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