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MINO awarded a new contract from GRANGES AMERICAS
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MINO S.p.A. of Italy are proud to announce a new contract awarded by GRÄNGES AMERICAS Inc for the upgrade of the three existing 75 Inch Foil Mills at Granges’ rolling operation in Newport, Arkansas.


This new contract follows a previous award to MINO in 2017 to supply a new Cold Rolling Mill for the expansion of its aluminum rolling operation in Huntingdon, Tennessee.


Through this upgrade of these Foil Mills, GRÄNGES AMERICAS will meet the growing demand of light gauge aluminum foil for various consumer applications of its North American customers.


The modernization of the Newport Foil Mills will include a comprehensive redesign of the mechanical, fluid, electrical and automation systems; designed by MINO using our latest rolling technologies.


The new control upgrades will bring the existing 75 Inch Foil Mills up to the latest standards in terms of design and performance. MINO will supply an AVANTItm TCS system for AGC/AFC control for each mill designed by the MINO Process Control division.


The electrical upgrade includes powerful new AC main motors, drives and controls, also engineered by MINO Automation, for increased mill speed combined with the precise operation required for the upgraded foil mills.


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New Slab Scalper for Profilglass SpA
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The new Slab Scalper designed and manufactured by MINO, is a state of the art Slab Scalping Machine using lubricant-free cutting technology which allows to maximize the chips recovery and reduce the pollution of the process.


The Slab Scalper is equipped with a single vertical milling head of 2200 mm diameter driven by a single 640 kW AC variable speed motor capable up to 20 mm of scalping depth per pass and two side milling heads of 550 mm diameter driven by 132 kW AC variable speed motors to side mill the slab with different shapes.


The equipment has been designed from scratch having in mind some key targets: effective chips containment system, easy access to the mechanical groups for maintenance, vibration free operation and long-lasting service life. The special features that have been incorporated in MINO’s design together with the use of heavy duty mechanics allow to achieve high productivity and superior surface/shape quality in the outcoming slabs, which are necessary preconditions for targeting good results in the subsequent hot rolling process.


The control system is complete with a novel and original technology developed by MINO Automation which, by employing an advanced laser-based 3D scanning system, detects the actual slab profile geometry as DC casted and automatically pre-sets the scalping depth in order to minimize the scrap and optimize the surface quality of the slab.


The new MINO Slab Scalper capable to scalp 1800 x 600 x 6000 mm slab weighing up to 13 tons, it is installed in Profilglass Hot Rolling workshop upstream of the MINO Hot Rolling Mill.



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New Hot Tandem Mill for JW Aluminum
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MINO S.p.A. of Alessandria, Italy, is proud to announce that it was awarded a Contract for the supply of a new Hot Tandem Mill for the expansion of the JW Aluminum rolling operation in its Mt. Holly, South Carolina manufacturing facility.



The new MINO Hot Tandem Mill will be installed in line with a Hazelett Twin Belt Caster using the Hazelett® Twin-belt Continuous Casting Process. The mill will be capable of continuously rolling, dividing and coiling aluminum strip with a max. width of 2000 mm (78.74”), down to a minimum gauge of 2.5 mm (0.1”).


With this new expansion the plant will be one of the most efficient and green aluminum production plants in North America.



Referring to JW Aluminum’s expansion, Lee McCarter, Chief Executive Officer of JWA, recently declared:


“It’s an exciting new chapter in JW Aluminum’s story and a considerable progression in our strategic journey. As a domestic supplier, we’ve prevailed in an extremely challenging competitive environment. The outcome of this endeavor will empower us to produce superior product for our customers, provide increased value to our stakeholders and serve as a preferred supplier and employer for decades to come”.



The JW Aluminum project will be the fourth one in which a Hazelett Twin Belt Caster is combined with a MINO Hot Rolling Mill.


This new continuous production line will incorporate the latest technologies available from the respective two companies, which have been developed and tuned in the previous cooperation projects.


It is worth mentioning that this further MINO/Hazelett project follows closely the successful commissioning of the latest continuous production line supplied by Hazelett and MINO to Liansheng New Energy Material Co., Ltd., a Chinese company located in Huolinguole, Inner Mongolia, and belonging to the Dingsheng Group.



In order to control the MINO Hot Tandem Mill under a truly continuous rolling process, MINO will supply exit shearing/coiling equipment, a process control system incorporating the latest generation of MINO process controls, including a sophisticated Self Learning Model Based L2 system, and state-of-the-art solutions for coolant management and filtration.


In particular, the Self Learning Model Based L2 system has been developed by MINO in cooperation with CSM (Centro Sviluppo Materiali, a Rome-based metallurgy research institute) starting from 2013.


The Tandem Mill will be complete with powerful AC main drives and controls, engineered by MINO Automation, for precise and continuous operation.


All the above technologies are already working successfully in the MINO Hot Tandem Mill commissioned for Liansheng.





3D rendering of the MINO Hot Tandem Mill currently  being manufactured for JW Aluminum






About JW Aluminum

JW Aluminum manufactures specialty flat-rolled aluminum products for the building and construction markets, fin

stock used by the heating and cooling industry, light gauge converter foil for the flexible packaging industry and

honeycomb foil for the aerospace industry.

JW Aluminum operates plants in Mt. Holly, South Carolina; Russellville, Arkansas; St. Louis, Missouri and Williamsport,

Pennsylvania.

For more information, please visit  http://www.jwaluminum.com/







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One more Foil Mill contract!
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Further to the supply of a 2500 mm Six-High Cold Rolling Mill in 2013 and of a Foil Mill in 2014, Yinbang Aluminium Co. Ltd. has selected MINO again for the supply of one more Foil Mill, to be installed in the new Wuxi production facility.


Yinbang Aluminium Co. Ltd., established back in 1988, is today specialized in the production of aluminium clad material, multi-metal clad material and non-clad aluminium material serving the automotive, aircraft, power plant, machinery and home appliance industries.


The new Foil Mill will be provided with the latest MINO’s technologies developed for foil rolling, including its high performance AFC/AGC process control system and its hot edge spray system that has been specifically designed to relieve high tensile stress at the strip edges, allowing to achieve higher rolling speeds.


Advanced electro/mechanical solutions allow for tension control at reels over an extremely broad range of strip thicknesses and widths.


MINO is pleased to have been selected for the third time by Yinbang Aluminium, being the repeat orders from a same Customer a clear recognition of Customer’s satisfaction of the level of quality and performance achieved by MINO mills.



Key data of the new Foil Mill:


Foil Roughing Mill


Type of alloys: AA1XXX, AA3XXX, AA5XXX, AA6XXX, AA8XXX series alloys
Max. entry strip width 1500 mm
Max. entry strip thickness 1.2 mm
Min.  exit strip thickness 0.03 mm
Max. coil weight 18 t
Max. rolling force 1000 t
Max. rolling speed 1500 m/min.























Typical MINO Foil Mill under pre-assembly in MINO’s Alessandria workshop





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MINO awarded with the Contract for the supply of world’s largest Six-High Cold Mill for aluminium alloys!
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MINO has been awarded by Henan Tongren Aluminium Industry Co., Ltd. with a Contract for the supply of a new Six High Cold Rolling Mill having a staggering 3000 mm barrel length!


Such a wide mill, which will be the widest six high mill for aluminium ever installed in China and in the world, will be supplied by MINO for the new production plant of Henan Tongren Aluminium Co.  in Sanmenxia.

This new Mill will be able to produce more than 120.000 tons/year of strips of different aluminium alloys and shall be dedicated mainly for the rolling of strips for aeronautical applications.

The Mill will be developed following the state-of-the-art design. It will be equipped with its own fully-automatic coil circulation system (which is interfaced with the High Bay of the workshop), coil preparation station, coil inspection station, automatic spool transfer device, automatic strapping and marking, advanced AGC/AFC controls developed by MINO and powerful medium voltage AC main drives.

The Mill stand will be provided with the latest technology of induction type hot edge system for work rolls and with long stroke shifting system for the intermediate rolls: such devices allow the Mill to cope with different values of strip thickness and of strip width and to roll in stable conditions and with proper control of the strip flatness and strip edges, up to the maximum speed of 1200 m/min.

Being the maximum entry thickness 12 mm and the maximum strip width 2850 mm, some key data of the Mill are just extraordinary for a cold mill, such as the weight of each mill housing that will be 170 tons and the maximum rolling force that will as high as 3200 t!


The whole L1 Automation, the Technological Control System, the mathematical models of the Rolling Recipes and the whole L2 will be developed by MINO’s Automation Division.  The mill will be connected to the L3 of the workshop and will be able to automatically exchange all the necessary information about the rolled coils and the relevant technological parameters with the other systems connected to the L3.



Key data of the new Six-high Cold Mill:


Type of alloys:

AA1XXX, AA2XXX, AA3XXX, AA5XXX, AA6XXX, AA7XXX, AA8XXX series alloys

Max. entry strip width 2850 mm
Max. entry strip thickness 12 mm
Min.  exit strip thickness 0,2 mm
Max. coil weight 30 t
Max. rolling force 3200 t
Max. rolling speed1200 m/min.
Power at the stand
7000 kW



3D rendering of MINO’s Six-high Cold Mill





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MINO awarded with a Contract for the revamping of one more Foil Mill
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MINO are pleased to announce a significant new Contract award from Hindalco Industries of India for the total revamping of a Foil Finishing Mill.


The Contract follows a previous award to MINO in 2012 for similar revamping projects at Hindalco foils division at Mouda, Maharashtra state. The Mills of that first stage (a Cold Mill and two Foil Mills) have been successfully commissioned and are in production ever since.



This new project will see a comprehensive redesign of the Foil Mill exit side, with the supply of new mechanical equipment. A complete replacement of the electrical and automation equipment to bring the Mill up to the latest design standards and performance.  MINO will also provide new designs for the fluids systems and roll load. The original mill stand was exported from the UK to India at the closure of the Novelis Foil rolling plant in the West Midlands, England in 2011.



MINO provided detailed studies of the revamping with solutions to improve rolling efficiency, productivity and quality. The Contract award includes supply of the equipment and the latest foil rolling technology which will be designed and built in the MINO engineering centres at Alessandria and Vicenza and the UK. A new 'Avanti' process control system will also be provided with the flatness and thickness control software supplied from Mino Process Control in the UK.



This expansion of the foil rolling operation at Hindalco Mouda will cater for the rapid growth in the Indian market for flexible and pharmaceutical packaging. The Mill is due to roll its first coil in 2019.



Commenting on this order, the Managing Director of MINO SpA, Cesare Pettazzi,stated :


" It is a great honor to be chosen again by Hindalco for this second phase of the expansion project at Mouda site. We regard the Hindalco and the Indian market as an important growth area in the aluminium rolling sector. This award cements our long term relationship with Hindalco who are the largest and most influential manufacturer of aluminium semis in the Indian Sub Continent. To receive a repeat order which follows our first phase award is an expression of confidence in our foil rolling technology which we greatly appreciate.”



The mill is being revamped for high speed thin gauge rolling in wider widths. The alloys rolled will be 1 series, 3 series and 8 series.









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New Foil Finishing Mill for LAMINAZIONE SOTTILE
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Founded in 1923, Laminazione Sottile is the leading Italian Company in the field of rolled aluminium products. With more than 105.000 tons produced in 2017, they cover a wide range of product applications such as packaging, HVAC-R, automotive, cookware and building.

Laminazione Sottile has the ability to supply aluminium coils, sheet, foil and circles in different alloys and widths with gauges ranging from 6 mm down to 6 microns.


On February 2015 the Final Acceptance Certificate of their new MINO Cold Mill was signed by Laminazione Sottile, marking the successful completion of Phase 1 of its long term  investment programme in rolling assets.

In 2017 and following the successful completion of Phase 1, MINO received the green light to proceed with the implementation of Phase 2 of the programme, consisting of the design, manufacture and supply of a new Foil Finishing Mill.

The new Foil Mill will be installed in the same Caserta plant and will further add rolling capacity to a long list of equipment supplied by MINO over a 40 year time span:

-      one Cold Mill supplied in 1980 and recently refurbished by MINO with new process

       control system;

-      one Foil Roughing Mill supplied in 1983;

-      one Hot Mill supplied in 1998;

-      the latest Cold Mill commissioned in 2015.


MINO is particularly proud of the long term partnership with Laminazione Sottile, the extent of which now covers nearly 40 years. This relationship is evident by the contract awards given to MINO in hot, cold and foil rolling mills which show a deep level of cooperation and technical trust between the two Companies.


The new Foil Finishing Mill has high-speed rolling potential and will display the latest MINO mill stand design concepts. On-line strip doubling and a number of electro/mechanical solutions allow for tension control at reels over an extremely broad range of material specifications. Complimenting the mill stand are automatic spool transfer devices, a side trimmer and state-of-the-art sensors & instruments.

As with all new MINO mills, the ‘Avanti’ advanced AGC/AFC system controls flatness and thickness of rolled strip. AC motors & drives provide low maintenance, flexible control of speed and torque.


The Mill’s design and automation system is developed in compliance with the Industry 4.0 guidelines, such as advanced process control and monitoring systems, friendly man/machine interface, interactions between different machines, intelligent maintenance system, remote diagnostics. All systems will be designed and supplied by MINO from within MINO’s Automation Division


A key objective within the electrical and automation systems is to achieve high percentage in the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) levels and to optimise the equipment reliability and operational safety.


The Mill is currently under pre-assembly in MINO’s workshop in Alessandria.



Key data of the new Foil Finishing Mill:

Type of alloys: AA1XXX, AA3XXX, AA5XXX, AA8XXX series alloys
Max. entry strip width 1750 mm
Max. entry strip thickness 0.6 mm
Min.  exit strip thickness 2 x 0.006 mm
Max. coil weight 14 t
Max. strip speed
2250 m/min at coiler





Typical MINO Foil Mill



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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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