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New 90 Inch Foil Mill for GRÄNGES AMERICAS
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MINO S.p.A. of Italy are proud to announce the contract awarded by GRÄNGES AMERICAS for a new 90 Inch Foil and Automotive Heat Exchanger Cold Rolling Mill.



GRÄNGES AMERICAS has awarded MINO the contract to supply a new 90 Inch Foil and Automotive Heat Exchanger Cold Rolling Mill for the expansion of its aluminum rolling operation in Huntingdon, Tennessee.



Through this new expansion, GRÄNGES AMERICAS will meet the growing demand for foil, automotive heat exchanger materials, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) applications of its North American customers.



The new 90 Inch Foil Cold Rolling Mill is of a high performance specification, designed by MINO with its latest rolling technologies and process control solutions.



Alongside the latest MINO mill stand design, this Mill will set a benchmark for quality in the foil and automotive heat exchanger markets.



To control the Mill at the high speeds demanded for this process, MINO will supply process controls incorporating the latest generation of MINO Process Control’s AVANTItm TCS system for AGC/AFC control, including model based predictive control. This is accompanied by powerful AC main drives and controls, also engineered by MINO Automation, for precise operation at high rolling speeds.



Included in the supply will be state-of-the-art solutions for coil preparation, automatic coil handling, automatic spool transfer, pup coil disposal, coolant filtration.








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One more contract awarded to MINO for a new Cold Rolling Mill!
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After the successful commissioning of the new MINO Hot Rolling Mill in its Daegu plant, Choil Aluminum Co., Ltd. has awarded MINO with one more prestigious Contract for the supply of a state of the art Cold Rolling Mill.


Through this new investment, Choil Aluminum aim at serving the most highly demanding industrial sectors with top quality aluminium alloy strips of AA1xxx, AA3xxx, AA5xxx and AA6xxx series.

The new Cold Rolling Mill will allow Choil Aluminum to take full advantage in the downstream production of the new MINO’s Hot Mill powerful capabilities, especially for producing hard alloy coils.


The new four-high Cold Rolling Mill is of high performance specification and state-of-the-art design. It includes entry side trimmer & scrap chopper, off-line coil preparation system, automatic coil handling system, automatic spool transfer device, latest generation of MINO Process Control’s AVANTItm TCS system (AGC/AFC controls) and powerful medium voltage AC main drives for achieving extremely high rolling speeds.


Choil Aluminium Co., Ltd., located in Daegu - South Korea, has been the first aluminium rolling company in South Korea and is today considered one of Korean leading companies in the production of high quality coils & sheets of aluminium and aluminium alloys.

Choil’s products cover foil stock, fin stock, condenser cases, electrical wire covers, litho sheets, cosmetic caps, closure sheets, embossed sheets for construction, sheets for household goods.


With this new Cold Rolling Mill project, which follows the massive expansion project of last years, Choil Aluminium is changing the landscape of the Korean aluminium industry, achieving new heights in terms of quantity and quality of its rolled products.


MINO is proud of being associated once again with Choil’s spectacular growth, through one more Contract which strengthens the successful technical partnership between the two Companies.



Key data of the new Four-high Cold Rolling Mill:

Type of alloys: AA1XXX, AA3XXX, AA5XXX and AA6XXX series alloys
Max. strip width 1750 mm
Max. entry strip thickness 10.0 mm
Min.  exit strip thickness 0.15 mm
Max. coil weight 12 ton
Max. rolling force 1600 ton
Max. rolling speed 1500 m/min.





Mr. Young Ho Lee, President of Choil Aluminum and Mr. Cesare Pettazzi, Managing Director of MINO, during the Contract signature ceremony






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Type of Cold Mill object of the Choil’s Contract, undergoing pre-assembly in MINO’s Alessandria workshop






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One more contract for a Four High Roughing/Intermediate Cold Rolling Mill
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MINO has been awarded by Ningbo Powerway Alloy Plate & Strip Co., Ltd one more Contract for the supply of a new Four High Roughing/Intermediate Cold Rolling Mill for Copper and Copper Alloys.

Founded in 1987, Powerway is a Chinese high-tech enterprise group which has by now become world leader in producing, researching and developing non ferrous alloys.

Ningbo Powerway Alloy Plate & Strip Co., Ltd. is a company fully committed in the development of new materials and in the innovation of the technology of  production of non ferrous  alloys. Powerway Group products include environmental protection alloys, alloyed electrodes, new alloys, brazing materials, copper-nickel alloys, bronze, brass, high precision pure copper alloys for electronic applications.

The continuous effort of Powerway Group in technological innovation, that has allowed the group to develop several invention patents, has led the Group to win various prestigious titles such as "National Enterprise Technical Center", "National Key High-tech Enterprise", one of "First 93 National Innovative Enterprise", "Excellent Private Enterprises in Science and Technology in China", "Model Enterprise for Informatization".

Powerway group has presided over and participated in the establishment of national standards and industry standards on copper alloys.


The award of this latest Contract comes after the previous successful cooperation between MINO and Ningbo Powerway for the installation of the MINO Six High Finishing Mill.


The new Cold Mill, which shall be installed in the same workshop where the previous MINO Six High Finishing Mill is located, shall produce copper and copper alloys strips starting from maximum incoming thickness of 18 mm down to the minimum thickness of 0.4 mm, on a maximum width of 460 mm.


The Cold Mill has the outstanding characteristic of being capable of producing either coils to be sent to the MINO Six High Mill for finishing rolling, either coils to be delivered to the customers as final products.

To achieve this, the new Cold Mill will be equipped with work roll lubrication & cooling system by pure oil, suitable to ensure that the strip will have the surface quality as required from final products.

Moreover, the new Cold Mill will be provided with the latest generation of MINO Process Control’s AVANTItm TCS system (AGC/AFC controls) that will allow to achieve the tightest thickness and flatness performances requested by today’s market.

The TCS system of the mill will be complete with MINO’s mathematical models for pass schedule calculation and optimization, developed by MINO in the previous similar rolling mills.


This new Cold Mill, which shall be designed following the latest MINO’s design concept in the field of copper alloys rolling, represents a new outstanding example of the pinnacle achieved by MINO’s copper Mills in terms of quality & performance. The repeat orders from a same Customer are a tangible evidence of that.



The key data of the mill are:

Type of Mill Four-High Reversing Finishing Mill
Rolled material
Copper and Copper Alloys
Max. entry strip width 460 mm
Max. entry strip thickness 18 mm
Min.  exit design strip thickness 0.4 mm
Max. coil weight 7 t
Max. rolling speed 600 m/min


With this latest Contract, the number of MINO cold mills for copper alloys  sold to China alone since 2004 achieves now the figure of 21, still confirming MINO as the most successful foreign supplier of copper mills in China!





Example of MINO Four High Roughing/Intermediate Cold Mill, same as the one that will be delivered to Ningbo Powerway Alloy Plate & Strip Co., Ltd.






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Ceremony for celebrating the successful completion of plant expansion
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On October 18th, in Daegu, South Korea, MINO delegates took part in the ceremony for celebrating the successful completion of the plant expansion undertaken by Choil Aluminium Co., Ltd.

The plant expansion includes the installation of new DC casting equipment, new slab scalping machine, new slab heating furnace and a new MINO Hot Rolling Mill.

The ceremony was attended by numerous distinguished guests from all over the world, including the main customers of Choil, representatives of the Korean authorities and delegates from Wagstaff and Otto Junker, suppliers of the DC casting equipment and of the slab heating furnace.


During the grand ceremony, Mr. Jae Sup Lee and Mr. Young Ho Lee,  respectively the Chairman and the President of Choil Aluminium, delivered passionate speeches about Company’s past history and future prospects, handed over Plaques of Appreciation to the suppliers involved in the expansion project and accompanied the guests and delegates in a tour visit of the plant were the new equipment was observed in full operation.


During the speech addressed to the guests, Mr. Young Ho Lee, President of Choil, said:

“Our new Hot Rolling Mill made by MINO allows us to produce high quality wide products and high strength alloys, which enables to create the new demand and import substituting effect actively in electrical, electronic, and transportation sectors including automotive. With this Mill, we have equipped annual production capacity of 200,000 t and established effective system to meet the customer’s various demands in multiple sectors by operating direct chilled casting line and continuous casting line simultaneously and supplying good quality products with extensive range from general purpose sheets to higher value added products”.


Later, while handing over the Plaque of Appreciation to MINO’s delegate Mr. Cesare Pettazzi, Mr. Young Ho Lee declared: “I express our deepest appreciation for your successful support and special cooperation to manufacture and install the Hot Rolling Mill for Choil. Your endeavour and expertise will always be at our heart. I hereby present this Plaque of Appreciation to you as a token of our appreciation for your contribution”.


Choil Aluminium Co., Ltd. has been the first aluminium rolling company in South Korea and is today considered one of Korean leading companies in the production of high quality coils & sheets of aluminium and aluminium alloys.

Choil’s products cover foil stock, fin stock, condenser cases, electrical wire covers, litho sheets, cosmetic caps, closure sheets, embossed sheets for construction, sheets for household goods.

With such a massive expansion project, Choil Aluminium is changing the landscape of the Korean aluminium industry, achieving new heights in terms of quantity and quality of its rolled products.

MINO is proud of being associated with Choil’s successful history and continuous development.



MINO is not new in Korea’s aluminium field having supplied back in the years 1996 and 1997 one Hot Rolling Mill and two Cold Rolling Mills to the Company Namsun Aluminium, today’s Daeho Aluminium, which are successfully working ever since the time of installation.






Mr. Cesare Pettazzi, Managing Director of MINO, is presented with a Plaque of Appreciation by Mr. Young Ho Lee, President of Choil Aluminium.







People involved in Choil’s expansion project






Cutting the ribbon at the entrance of the new plant.







Visit by the delegates & guests to the MINO Hot Rolling Mill in operation.



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New Six-high Mill for Profilglass
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Following two previous Contracts awarded to MINO at the beginning of 2016 for the supply of two strip processing lines, Profilglass has now awarded MINO with a further Contract!

The new Contract covers the supply of a state-of-the-art, wide strip, Six-high Cold Rolling Mill having an impressive barrel length of 2500 mm.


Through this new investment Profilglass aims to serve the most highly demanding industrial sectors (including the car industry) with top quality aluminium alloy strip of AA1xxx, AA2xxx, AA3xxx, AA4xxx, AA5xxx and AA6xxx, up to the maximum widths today required by such markets.


The new Six-high Mill for Profilglass  will be capable of rolling aluminium alloy strip having a maximum width of 2350 mm, down to a minimum gauge of 0.2 mm, and will be one of the biggest cold rolling mills for aluminium in Europe.


The new Six-high Mill is of state-of-the-art design and includes entry side trimmer & scrap chopper, EDT pass capabilities, off-line entry coil preparation system, off-line exit coil inspection system, automatic spool transfer device, most advanced AGC/AFC controls and powerful medium voltage AC main drives .

The Mill stand is equipped with MINO’s long stroke shifting system for the intermediate rolls, allowing a huge range of different products to be rolled successfully, coping with a big variation in product strip width and diverse mechanical characteristics of the different alloys being rolled.


MINO has addressed the problem of heat build up in the coils following subsequent rolling passes, by replacing the traditional coil transfer carrousel (floor mounted, pallet type) with a “High Bay” automatic coil storage system, fully integrated with the Mill, having a capacity of 200 coils.


An innovative characteristic of MINO’s High Bay System is that the automatic tracking of the coil and its transfer through the cold rolling process is fully integrated with the Mill’s level 2 automation, where the “recipes” for each product are fulfilled not only in terms of the rolling mill set-up, but also in terms of coil handling and cooling time between passes.

The scheme is being developed by MINO Automation in cooperation with its US partner company Janus Automation, experts in coil handling and logistics management.


Until today, MINO can boast of having installed, or being in the process of supplying, the following impressive list of equipment for Profilglass:

-      a Hot Rolling Mill;

-      four Cold Mills (!);

-      a Continuous Annealing & Heat Treatment Line, where the floating

       furnace and quenching section are of Otto Junker’s supply;

-      a complete Continuous Tension Levelling, Cleaning & Passivation Line.


MINO is particularly proud of the consolidated and long-lasting partnership established with this Customer back in 2001 (when Profilglass awarded to MINO the first Contract for the supply of a Cold Mill) and which has continued uninterrupted through the years, following the spectacular growth of Profilglass in the aluminium strip sector.



Key data of the new Six-high Mill:

Type of alloys: AA1XXX, AA2XXX, AA3XXX, AA4XXX, AA5XXX and AA6XXX series alloys
Max. strip width: 2350 mm
Max. entry strip thickness:   
10.0 mm
Min.  exit strip thickness:
0.2 mm
Max. coil weight: 23 t
Max. coil outer diameter:
2200 mm








Pictures showing a typical MINO Six-high Mill for wide aluminium strip commissioned in China in 2015




 
Contract awarded to MINO by ACESCO S.A.S for Cold Mill upgrade
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Acerías de Colombia - ACESCO S.A.S has awarded MINO the contract to upgrade and modernize its cold rolling mill.

The first phase of the project has been awarded to upgrade the electrical and automation system which will improve energy efficiency and reliability with the new maintenance-free AC motor.

The drive cabinets shall be equipped with active front-end rectifiers and DC-bus drives to control the new motor, the redundant dynamic braking system will be composed of a DC-bus braking chopper and a double-caliper pneumatic mechanical disk brake designed by MINO.

The whole revamping concept is a stepwise upgrade of the cold rolling mill for which MINO will provide the state-of-the-art solutions based on its experience in flat products rolling.

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New orders for heat treatment and finishing lines for aluminium alloy strip
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Located in Fano, Marche region, Italy, Profilglass is the fastest growing Italian Company in the Aluminium strip production sector and one of MINO’s best Customers.


The association between Profilglass and MINO dates back to 2001 when Profilglass awarded to MINO the first job for the supply of a Cold Reversing Mill.

After that first job, MINO was awarded the contracts for the supply of two more Cold Rolling Mills and a state-of-the-art Hot Rolling Line that was successfully commissioned in 2013.


During the first months of 2016, MINO has been awarded two contracts for the supply of the following equipment:

  • the mechanical and electrical equipment for a Continuous Annealing & Heat Treatment Line, where the floating furnace and quenching section are supplied by Otto Junker Gmbh;

  • a complete Continuous Tension Levelling, Cleaning & Passivation Line.


These two Lines will allow fully continuous operation and will be erected face-to-face in a new bay of the Profilglass plant located in Bellocchi di Fano. The two Lines will be connected by a coil transfer system and will allow the coils previously rolled in MINO’s Hot & Cold Rolling Mills to undergo a complete heat treatment, tension levelling, pickling and passivation.


This new investment by Profilglass is aimed at serving the most highly demanding industrial sectors with top quality aluminium alloy strip of AA2xxx, AA5xxx, AA6xxx and AA7xxx series, including the car industry that requires increasing quantities of aluminium automotive sheet as a lighter weight replacement of steel, both for inner structural parts and for outer panels.


More in detail, the Annealing & Heat Treatment Line has been developed in cooperation with Otto Junker Gmbh of Simmerath,  Germany, specialist supplier of thermal equipment, to satisfy today’s most demanding industry applications, such as exposed automotive sheet.

The Annealing & Heat Treatment Line is complete with strip joiner and strip horizontal entry/exit accumulators allowing for fully continuous operation, pre-cleaning & drying section, effective systems to feed the furnace with the strip perfectly centered and having a precisely controlled minimum tension.

The latter is achieved with a combination of large diameter bridle rolls, strip centering units properly located along the Line and an advanced automation system which benefits from the huge experience gained by MINO Automation in controlling minimum tension in the most demanding applications, such as the foil rolling.


The Tension Levelling, Cleaning & Passivation Line is complete with strip joiner, side notcher, entry side trimmer & scrap chopper, strip horizontal accumulator, tension leveller including four levelling cassettes and one anti cross-bow cassette (all of six-high design), alkaline cleaning section, acid etching section, spray-type passivation section, drying section.


When the two Lines will be in operation, MINO will be one of the few equipment suppliers in the world that can boast of being capable, using exclusively its mills & lines, to take a pre-heated slab of aluminium alloy and transform it into a rolled, heat treated & finished strip, covering all automotive aluminium sheet applications, from inner structure to outer panels!


MINO is particularly proud of the consolidated and long-lasting partnership established with this Customer back in 2001 and which has continued uninterrupted through the years, following the spectacular growth of Profilglass in the aluminium strip sector.




Key data of the Lines:


Type of alloys: AA2XXX, AA5XXX, AA6XXX, AA7XXX, series alloys
Max. entry strip width: 2150 mm
Max. entry strip thickness: 5.0 mm
Min.  exit strip thickness: 0.6 mm
Max. coil weight: 22 t
Max. coil outer diameter:
2200 mm








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MINO selected for GEMCİLER GÜVEN METAL Cold Roughing Mill Revamping Project
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GEMCİLER GÜVEN METAL SAN. TİC A.Ş, a well known producer of copper and copper alloys strip in Turkey,  have selected MINO SpA of Italy to modernise their existing Four High Cold Rolling Roughing Mill, installed in their Kahramanmaraş plant.

This award involves the extensive revamping of a used cold rolling mill, originally designed for large steel strips, purchased from Germany and installed in GEMCILER facilities some years ago.

This Mill is now subject of a major upgrade of the entry and exit configuration, along with the modernisation of the rolling stand.

The revamping work by MINO includes extensive mechanical and hydraulic modifications, new electrics and state-of-the-art automation systems, aimed at making the production line suitable to roll high quality copper alloy products, up to an outstanding strip width of 1300 mm, down to a minimum gauge of 0,5 mm.

The production rolled on this mill will be able to satisfy the most stringent quality parameters required by today’s market and to feed with top-quality coils the downstream rolling mills for the finishing passes.

Installation and on site start-up supervision will also be part of the MINO’s scope of work.

For this purpose,  MINO has provided a multi disciplined team that has been chosen to work closely with the GEMCILER  project management, from project conception to final acceptance.


MINO is proud of having being selected by GEMCILER as partner for such valuable project and is confident that this is the first step of a long lasting co-operation between the two Companies









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