SDI Expands Heavy Section Mill for Rail Production
February 22, 2002
SMS Meer GmbH, Monchengladbach, Germany, a member of the SMS AG Group, received an order from Steel Dynamics Inc., Columbia City, Ind., to expand the heavy section mill to enable the rolling of rails with an annual capacity of approx. 300,000 metric tons. The mill will initially produce 73 m long rails for the North American market and is designed to permit the later production of rails with lengths up to 103 m. The order covers additional equipment for the rolling mill and finishing section, such as descaling unit, roller tables, a vertical straightening machine and modifications to existing equipment. This also includes the revamping of the Level 2 process automation system necessary for the rolling of rails.