SMS Group secures a contract from AMD

12 February 2020

ArcelorMittal Dofasco (AMD), Canada, has awarded SMS group Inc. the contract to supply a replacement 320-ton KOBM converter and gear drive for its steel-making plant in Hamilton, ON, Canada.

The project goals are to replace the existing equipment with new equipment incorporating the latest technological developments. One featured technology is the unique SMS group electro-hydraulic torque compensator, which is a system that actively reduces the resultant forces generated by highly dynamic bottom blown converters. This will reduce the dynamic loading on the entire system, with resulting increases in availability and life.

The patented SMS group torque compensator has been designed to operate with both the existing and new gear reducers. The new torque restraint system will be installed and fully commissioned on the reducer for the existing converter. It will then be incorporated into the new reducer during the complete converter replacement, scheduled for Q2 of 2021.

The overall project scope of supply includes the converter vessel, trunnion ring, the proven lamella-type vessel suspension system, trunnion bearings, gear reducer, hydraulic torque compensator system, the X-Pact® electrical and automation systems for the compensator, and supervision of erection and commissioning.