Modernized processing line at thyssenkrupp Rasselstein

thyssenkrupp Rasselstein starts a modernized slitting line from Primetals Technologies, including an upgrade to the Level 1 automation and drive systems. Established in 1760, thyssenkrupp Rasselstein manufactures tinned or special chromium-plated sheet at thicknesses from 0.100 to 0.499 mm. Over 90 percent of steel finds its application in the packaging sector. However, the steel produced is also used in the automotive and electronics industries. Today, the company supplies around 400 customers in 80 countries, making it one of the largest packaging manufacturers in Europe.

Several aspects were essential to thyssenkrupp Rasselstein when choosing Primetals Technologies as the supplier, including a standardized and adaptable automation solution that minimized the shutdown period, resuming production just three days after startup, and previous positive experiences were also decisive factors.

Straightforward Operation

Responsible for engineering, project management, and implementation of the new solution, Primetals Technologies adapted the standard Level 1 automation solution for finishing lines at slitting line No. 1 for the specific needs of thyssenkrupp Rasselstein during the engineering phase. The result features all-in-one software for all relevant automation-related aspects, including line coordination, sequence and support functions, material tracking, diagnostics, data management, and auxiliary control functions. Primetals Technologies has also supplied thyssenkrupp Rasselstein with new AC and DC drive technologies, a hydraulic drive control system, and a software safety solution for the operation of the slitting line.

The project includes a state-of-the-art visual human-machine interface with an intuitive design and advanced diagnostics functions. The new system makes it easier to operate the slitting line. In addition, maintenance work can now be executed even more efficiently because of the much-improved diagnostics for the slitting line.

Markus Reth, project manager at thyssenkrupp Rasselstein, and Jann Vogelgesang, project manager at Primetals Technologies, on site in Andernach, Germany

Improved Availability

Thanks to the modernization project, thyssenkrupp Rasselstein can expect higher availability levels for the slitting line. Securing an ample spare parts supply will be significantly more straightforward, as the line now conforms to the most modern standards.


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