GEORG converts strip line at Hulamin 100% remote to Combiline
The conversion of the cut-to-length line No. 5 to a "Combiline" of the South African customer Hulamin was carried out completely by digital tools during the Corona pandemic. It went successfully into operation exactly on time and within budget. At Humalin, the remote rebuild realized by the GEORG specialists is now the "talk of the company".
Due to high capacity utilization at the Hulamin mill in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the management decided to convert the cut-to-length line 5, which Georg had commissioned in 1999, into a "Combiline" capable of either slitting or trimming and coiling strip.
It was planned to integrate a new recoiler with a pressure arm, support bearings and a coil lifting car for the removal of coils with outside diameters of up to 2,200 mm and up to 15 t weight.
Hulamin had placed the order with GEORG at the end of 2019. At that time, both partners could not have known that the rebuild would fall into the third wave of the Corona pandemic. By April 2020, the federal government had imposed a travel ban, and by December 2020, it was clear that the project would either have to be postponed indefinitely or the rebuild and commissioning would have to be completed without GEORG personnel on site.
The travel restriction and the long distance between the locations were not the only obstacles. The problem was additionally aggravated by the situation that during the pandemic about 50 percent of both companies’ personnel was working from home.
Both partners jointly decided to implement the project to the greatest possible extent remotely from Georg’s headquarters in Kreuztal, Germany. The basis for the communication between the process control system of the upgraded line and the specialists at the Georg head office in Germany was and still is the Georg Connected Service platform.
Quick access to the machine control system and the plant components is assured by a dedicated online-support software. Data is exchanged exclusively via direct VPN connection, which has become a proven and reliable standard among an increasingly growing number of plant operators.
The project team used virtual reality to work directly on the plant: employees on site wore helmets with cameras mounted to them so that others could get an impression of the current situation even from a distance. Additional information was fed in via AR glasses, so employees in Germany had a "live" view of the plant in certain situations.
During the conversion phase, an extensive project meeting was held every week with Microsoft Teams®. Every day, there was an online meeting in a smaller circle to discuss the current activities, which was also attended by the external engineers from GEORG on site.
Consequently, the final acceptance tests went extremely smoothly. On April 30, 2021, precisely on the originally scheduled date, the project team handed over the multi-purpose line to Hulamin’s production team. Ever since that day Hulamin has been using the line on a three-shift basis - one shift per day as a cut-to-length machine and two shifts per day as a side-trimming and recoiling line.
The used digital tools have proved highly successful in the installation phase of the equipment and during the integration and connection of the electrical, hydraulic and process control systems.
Hulamin's management considers the project an outstanding success: the supposedly unachievable has been achieved. The successful rebuild was and is the "talk of the company".
Successful Factory Acceptance Test for GEORG precisioncut hybrid cut to length line
The MCB project team visited GEORG to inspect the assembled and pre-tested aggregates for the new DE005 for MCBs plant in Valkenswaard.
After the delivery that is to be finished in January, the construction site will start at MCB.
We will give you further insight into the delivery and installation of the machine here on LinkedIn over the next weeks, so keep your eyes open.
Elval launches order for a new GEORG High Speed Edge Trimming Line
In order to double the annual production capacities, Elval, one of the world leading producers of flat rolled aluminum is investing again in GEORG equipment.
In the last few years the Greek aluminum specialist bought a drum shear, a slitting line and two roll grinding machines from the German machine supplier and process optimizer. Now, the company placed a new order for a high-speed Edge Trimming Line made by GEORG. On this line Elval can produce aluminium strips from 0.15 – 0.70 mm. The speed is max. 1650 m/min. With approx. 400.000 tons/year the new line supports Elval on the way to double the annual production output.
We are pleased about the renewed trust and the expansion of the existing partnership.
GEORG delivers roll grinding machine to long-term customer and partner Erdemir
Due to the modernization of the hot strip mill, GEORG customer and partner Erdemir needed a new roll grinding machine to process the rolls.
The GEORG Ultragrind 25 wasn't just chosen because of the most modern control system available on the market, GEORG smartcontrol. By optimizing the system together with specialists from Erdemir, the machining times of HSS rolls was halved in contrast to already available systems.
Second GEORG Roll Grinding Machine for Elval successfully pre-accepted
The Greek company ElvalHalcor, one of the world's leading manufacturers of flat rolled aluminum, has recently successfully pre-accepted the second GEORG roll grinding machine.
GEORG was already allowed to deliver a roll grinding machine and a slitting line to Elval in 2019 and 2020. The new grinding machine of type GEORG ultragrind 10 was delivered in a very short time, it is equipped with the in-house GEORG smartcontrol, one of the world's leading control systems.
We are pleased about the good partnership and are excitedly looking toward the future!
Employees visiting from China
Again it has been a pleasure to welcome our colleagues Alex Chen and Andy Sun from our GEORG Products Service Center in Beijing!
They will use their 3 months stay to familiarize themselves with the latest improvements and technologies incorporated in state-of-the-art transformer core production lines, which presently undergo final testing and pre-acceptance prior to shipment to China.
For more than 10 years now both of them form part of the GEORG service team located in Beijing. By the way, the GEORG Products Service Center was founded already in 1985 and with the help of our Chinese colleagues more than 100 GEORG machines and production lines could be successfully installed and serviced in China and neighbouring countries so far.
80% of all software- and electronics-related service requests handled from Kreuztal
During the last two years our Business Unit Transformer Lines solved approximately 80% of all software- and electronics-related service requests from our headquarter in Kreuztal through the GEORG connected service.
GEORG commissioned various newly installed machines and performed complex upgrades remotely, allowing us to offer our customers immediate support. At Hulamin in South Africa, for example, the Processing Lines division upgraded an existing cut-to-length line to a combined cut-to-length and recoiling line – without having any GEORG personnel present at the customer’s location.
GEORG strengthens service
Our new organizational structure puts stronger emphasis on service activities, providing our customers additional opportunities for productivity improvement. We have pooled all our service-related activities, which had so far been spread over three different divisions, within the new “Service” business unit. With this step, we have augmented the role of services within our product portfolio. At GEORG, services are now on an equal level with the machines and systems the company designs and supplies to our customers the world over. A powerful service team and the use of latest digital tools will enable us to provide our customers with an enhanced and more efficient range of services.