Monday, July 31, 2023

Stahl Gerlafingen implements cutting-edge K-Weld technology from Danieli Group

Danieli Group’s cutting-edge technology continues to be in high demand, with Stahl Gerlafingen placing an order for its fourth K-Weld machine. This latest order is part of the new, sixth-generation billet welders awarded to the Group in the past 12 months.

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K-Weld technology (Danieli Group) chosen by Stahl Gerlafingen

Danieli Group, a global industrial machinery manufacturer with over 100 years of excellence in the metals industry, continues to push the boundaries of innovation through continuous investments in research and development. The reputation of its cutting-edge technology and engineering expertise has once again been recognized, as Stahl Gerlafingen selected the Group for its latest project. Stahl Gerlafingen’s decision to choose the Group for the installation of a K-Weld machine at its plant in Switzerland marks the fourth order for the new, sixth-generation billet welders awarded to Danieli Group in the past 12 months. The upcoming billet welding machine will directly connect to the new reheating furnace, feeding the existing rolling mill in an endless mode. The installation will also feature a new 2-MW Danieli Automation Q-Heat system, optimizing billet temperature after welding, prior to entering the roughing mill. What sets the sixth-generation of Danieli-patented billet welders apart is the innovative cartridge design housing the welding clamps. This feature enables convenient clamp replacements in the workshop, significantly reducing downtime by 50% compared to conventional billet welders. Additionally, a new tension control system accelerates joint welding, resulting in enhanced mechanical characteristics of both the joint and the rolled stock. The adoption of endless welding rolling allows more stable rolling conditions and improved plant yield, eliminating the need for billet head and tail cropping and eliminating inter-billet gaps. Scheduled for startup in the first quarter of 2024, the new-generation billet welder will further bolster Danieli Group’s reputation for cutting-edge steel manufacturing technology.

Danieli Group’s vision for internalization

As disclosed by Danieli Group, the vision underpinning these commercial partnerships is that the internationalization of the Group’s service centers and production facilities, combined with innovation, helps mitigate the fluctuations of global and regional markets, ensuring a steady average of sales and revenues. By expanding its presence in various regions and strategically establishing partnerships, the Group aims to create a more resilient business model that can adapt to market dynamics while maintaining a consistent level of performance. Danieli Group firmly believes that this is the path to follow, continuously reinforcing the international structure of its Plantmaking and Steelmaking sectors while investing in innovation, research, and development. By staying at the forefront of technological advancements, the Group seeks to seize new opportunities and address emerging challenges in the steel industry. Additionally, its core business remains focused on engineering and manufacturing state-of-the-art steel plants and producing high-quality steels. With a long-standing commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction, Danieli Group strives to deliver tailored solutions that cater to the evolving needs of the global steel market.

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