“Hot Metal” Ladle Cranes with Positioning & Wireless

Aerial view of Steel Dynamics plant

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The mill is capable of rolling up to 3 million t/a of a broad range of highly diversified carbon steels, Specialty metals  and electrical grades that find use in aerospace, automotive, petroleum, chemical, construction, mining and power industries.  This project consistent of replacing two ladle cranes at end of life and archaic technology to increase productivity and reliability Morgan Kinetic Structures (MKS) provided two state-of-the-art hot metal ladle cranes with weigh system at .25% accuracy, position system for ladle tracking, Human-Machine interface into the manufacturing execution system (MES) and logics system to serve as the basis for high reliability throughput.  Morgan was the EOR on the system and provided all the design calculations, design manufacturing engineering, manufacturing, automation and level II interface, factory acceptance testing design and implementation, installation supervision, final commissioning, and ongoing operations and maintenance.  The most fascinating part of the project was the implementation of the wireless system in to melt shop environment at high reliability.  This environment has tremendous noise and interference issues for radio frequencies.  Our robust system design allows for dozens of sensors simultaneously tracking not only the precise movement of the machines but over arching meta-data collection directors tracking machine and production KPI’s.

The project utilized our AWS D1.1 certifications, our thermal stress relieving capabilities, our FEA modeling, and our tight tolerance fabrication and machining capabilities to fractional thousandths of an inch.  Project delivered on schedule utilizing cloud based collaboration and scheduling software.

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