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Modernization of Four-high Heavy-plate Mill Back-up Rolls

At the beginning of 2012, SMS group GmbH received an order from the high performance alloy company VDM Metals GmbH, which produces plates and sheets in Siegen, Germany. The intention was to replace the old plate mill from 1954 with a modern version capable of working with a maximum rolling force of 60 MN and incorporating hydraulic adjustment and work-roll bending. The new rolling mill allows VDM Metals GmbH to supply plates with narrow product tolerances and increased piece weights. Schaeffler was asked to design a bearing for the new plate mill. The introduction of the new stand would result in as few changes as possible to the surrounding structure with reuse of existing plant components.

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