Intelligent Steel Handling Equipment and Motion Control Solutions for the Steelmaking Industry


Intelligent motion solutions build safety right into the steel handling equipment, systems, and processes running in the steel mill, helping you keep operators safe and better informed of system status, equipment life, and so much more. We understand the need to work smarter and are committed to developing solutions to help you do just that.

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From steel production to distribution, our innovative steel lifting technology helps increase your safety, uptime, and productivity.

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After metals are transported to a steel mill, they are sorted using overhead cranes, often with magnets or grabs. Programming, monitoring, and maintaining magnet crane controls are essential to the safety of operators and equipment as multiple magnets sort materials side by side. As a result, it is imperative that your magnet cranes operate at maximum capacity with minimal maintenance and downtime.
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If the shaped steel needs additional treatment, a dip tank system may be used to immerse the metal in liquid. Whether the steel needs to be galvanized or given a specific treatment for its end application, precise, reliable control is key in dip tank operations.
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Once the scrap is heated to its liquid stage, the steel is tilted into ladle crane buckets. The ladle crane bay can transport multiple buckets to several additional processing locations, including secondary steelmaking, de-gassing, or continuous casting. Columbus McKinnon’s portfolio of distance detection and collision avoidance systems prevent crane-to-crane and crane-to-end-stop collisions – which is particularly important when multiple ladle cranes pass by one another or near other equipment.
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Crane failure can be catastrophic at temperatures exceeding 2000 F (538°C). That’s why real-time knowledge of the crane’s operation and performance is essential in the harsh melt shop environment inside a steel mill. Maintenance teams need to have information at their fingertips to better predict when equipment failures will occur rather than reacting to unexpected breakdowns, especially when handling molten metal. Drive Support and Diagnostic Tools allow operators to efficiently program, monitor and troubleshoot multiple drives from a remote location outside the hazardous environment. As one-to-one links between the operator and crane, drive diagnostic tools supply critical information such as run, alarm, and fault history; drive trending data; and data analysis.

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While in the furnace, impurities called slag float to the surface of the liquid steel. Slag pots located below the scrap bucket collect and channel slag away from the steel. Requiring minimal to no human interaction, fully automated systems perform pre-determined repeatable processes, allowing operators to stay focused on their primary duties instead of attending to multiple concurrent activities while keeping them out of hazardous environments. This helps minimize production backups while enhancing safety and efficiency. Columbus McKinnon’s intelligent solutions combine programmed machinery movement with advanced system monitoring, analytics, and diagnostics, configured to your application needs. IMPULSE® Variable Frequency Drives are the brains behind many of our intelligent motion control solutions with customizable software, specific functions for safety and productivity, and a user-friendly interface.

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Once shaped, overhead cranes transfer the steel into storage or preparation for shipment. Bloom, billet, slab, plate, coil, and other types of material handling cranes must continuously operate to avoid production backups and deliver products to customers on time. Built for reliability and performance, our electric chain hoists and wire rope hoists are ideal pieces of steel plate handling equipment for your lifting and positioning needs within the steel mill, and they can be easily configured to meet exact application needs.
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From the ladle, hot metal is fed into the continuous caster, which shapes the steel for further rolling into its final shape. Hot and cold steel rolling carries more weight than any other manufacturing process, so components must operate reliably under harsh conditions.
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To keep steel mill handling equipment up and running, it is important the tool and maintenance shop is equipped with everything needed for quick and efficient repairs. Auxiliary and maintenance cranes are used to change out components in need of repair or replacement and assist with general operation in all areas of a steel mill. When it is time to repair or replace components, versatile jib cranes are the ideal solution for areas where adequate headroom and structural support do not exist. Utilizing enclosed track aluminum monorails, jib cranes are offered with a variety of options to best fit application needs.
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