Germany’s SMS Meer modernized a finishing mill at Nucor Steel’s Darlington, S.C., facility. The new continuous finishing mill allows shorter stand changing times and also reduced setup and adjustment times. It consists of four horizontal, one vertical and three convertible-type HL stand groups. The convertible groups are of dual-drive arrangement, with motors and gears keeping their position regardless of the stand configuration. Nucor Steel Darlington, a company of the Nucor Bar Mill Group, produces steel bars.

Inter-stand equipment, quick-change devices and tools, and hydraulic and individual shear units were also part of the new mill. The modernization was completed in just five weeks. The modular pre-assembly of equipment and extensive pre-tests by SMS Meer's production team reduced the number of operations required on-site, allowing for reduced revamping time.