Siemens to modernize copper rod mill in France

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- Automated operation improves safety at work
- Modular crop shear system increases yield

Siemens Metals Technologies has received an order from Nexans, a cable manufacturer, to equip the company's copper rod mill in Lens, France, with a modular crop shear solution. The project also includes a mechatronic package that will facilitate an automated mode. The new equipment will not only simplify operation but also increase output and safety at work. Commissioning is planned for the third quarter of 2013.

The 35-year-old rod rolling line in the Nexans plant in Lens will be equipped with a four-bladed rotary shear, replacing a hydraulically operated traversing shear. The new shear, a standard product for Siemens, will cut the size of the current crop section in half, thus maximizing yield. It will also provide a profiled front end to the cast bar to improve feeding it into the finishing mill during the thread up operation. The automated solution will reduce manpower intervention to clear cobbles, which will improve operator safety. The scope of supply for Siemens includes a new gear box, motor, and shear, all leveled, aligned and coupled on a common sole plate for faster installation. In addition, Nexans contracted for a mechatronic package of controls to integrate the new equipment into the main mill control system. Depending on the end product, the mill will be able to process up to 30 tons per hour, and has a nominal capacity of 200,000 tons per annum.

As a worldwide leader in the cable industry, Nexans has an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide. It offers an extensive range of cables and cabling systems for the infrastructure, industry, building and Local Area Network (LAN) markets. Founded in France in 1897, Nexans today employs 25,000 people and in 2012, had sales of €7.2 billion.

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products and solutions for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the Sector enhances its customers' productivity, efficiency, and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Divisions Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services as well as the Business Unit Metals Technologies. For more information, visit
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