To expand its product mix and improve utilization, California Steel Industries (CSI), has contracted with Primetals Technologies for two electrical and automation projects for its 86" hot strip mill Hot Strip Mill and #2 Continuous Galvanizing Line in Fontana, California, USA. The Continuous Galvanizing Line upgrade is scheduled for a mid-2020 completion, and the 86" Hot Strip Mill project is expected to be complete by mid-2022.
Following an earlier Level 1 and Level 2 upgrade, the scope of the 86" Hot Strip Mill project includes a detailed migration plan for new motors, drives and power distribution for six finishing mill stands. Primetals Technologies is supplying medium voltage motors, medium voltage drives, transformers and switchgear, as well as engineering and commissioning. When completed, the upgraded mill will enable CSI to expand its product mix, minimize delays and improve mill utilization.
The electrical and automation upgrade of CSI’s #2 Continuous Galvanizing Line will be implemented in multiple phases. It will improve mill utilization by replacing equipment nearing obsolescence, including AC and DC drives, Level 1 automation, Level 2 automation and HMI. The project scope also includes engineering and commissioning.
Primetals Technologies, Limited headquartered in London, United Kingdom is a worldwide leading engineering, plant-building and lifecycle services partner for the metals industry. The company is a joint venture of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Siemens. Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery (MHMM) - an MHI consolidated group company with equity participation by Hitachi, Ltd. and the IHI Corporation - holds a 51% stake and Siemens a 49% stake in the joint venture. The company employs around 7,000 employees worldwide.