Siemens – New bucket-charging system automates scrap feed in electric steel plants


Successful pilot at French steel producer

A scrap charging system recently developed by Siemens has been used successfully in Riva SAM’s electric steel plant in Neuves Maisons, France, since June 2012. Simetal EAF Chargeopt helps to optimize and fully automate crane movements during charging. Precisely repeatable movement patterns shorten charging cycles, reduce the need for maintenance and increase operational reliability as well as substantially improving work safety. The plant operator now commands a fully integrated automation system from the scrapyard to the electric arc furnace. Operations are controlled solely by the shift manager from the control room. The time for return on investment is less than one year.