safety concept for thyssenkrupp coil inspection line 2

At thyssenkrupp dedicated coil inspection line 2 in Dortmund, Germany, steel coils for the automotive industry are inspected, thereby ensuring the maximum quality of delivered materials. As part of an extensive modernization, Unitechnik Automatisierungs GmbH has now implemented a uniform functional safety concept that covers all subsections. The Dortmund installation is of great strategic importance for thyssenkrupp Steel Europe: all steel strip undergoes thorough inspection before leaving the facility. The purpose of the installation is to inspect steel strip for faults and defects as well as to detect and remedy flaws. The steel strip can also be edge-trimmed, oiled and cuted.

To determine the concrete modernization needs, Unitechnik and the thyssenkrupp divisions Production, Maintenance and Work Safety as well as the Professional Trade Association for the Wood and Metal Industries (BGHM) conducted a functional safety analysis of the technical installation. Based on this, Unitechnik developed a modernization concept for the inspection system 2. The concept included the implementation of electrical, mechanical and hydraulic safety devices as well as the modernization of the entire drive and control technology including new system visualization. thyssenkrupp Steel Europe profits from the modernization not only from shorter set-up times and a major reduction in the number of manual work steps but also from state-of-the-art functional safety technology. The modernization has secured the long-term and efficient operation of the installation.