At the HKM site, thyssenkrupp MillServices & Systems has expanded its finishing services for thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg.
thyssenkrupp MillServices & Systems has enlarged its product portfolio for finishing services and signed a five-year service contract with thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg. At the premises of Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann (HKM) in South Duisburg, the experts for steel mill-related services have now commissioned a new facility for the mechanical, longitudinal slitting and grinding of slabs. The new system enables the slabs supplied to the precision strip specialist thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg to be cut and ground exactly to customer specifications, leading to a further general improvement in the quality of the steel strip products.
To date, the slabs from thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg, a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp Steel Europe, were processed by an external service provider. After discussions on how to retain resources within the Group, the new mechanical, longitudinal slitting facility was jointly planned and implemented.
Advantages for both sides
The cooperation has benefits for both sides. The short distances and the warehouse management system specially designed to meet the needs of thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg enable the specialists for hot-rolled strip steel to save both time and money. “From our point of view, this comprehensive cooperation has nothing but advantages. The customers benefit from our specific services and the enhanced quality of our material,” emphasized Dr. Jens Overrath, Chairman of the Board of thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg, at the commissioning of the facility. The logistics, in particular, have improved significantly. At the HKM site, for example, distances are now short between the existing storage areas and the processing facilities, which are connected by rail sidings and transport cranes. For example, the split slabs are loaded right at the facility using a special transverse transport vehicle with a total tonnage of 80 tonnes that holds up to six slabs, which are stacked in three layers like a pyramid.