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Optimizing heat retention in hot strip mills — reducing energy and costs

Transfer bar heat loss is an age-old problem for hot strip mill operators. Heat loss due to conduction, convection and radiation results in non-uniform final rolling temperatures along the transfer bar. To compensate, rolling loads and power levels in the finishing mill are increased. With energy costs rising at an alarming rate and a global imperative to reduce Co2 emissions weighing down on steel producers, the time has never been better to invest in technology which will retain heat in the transfer bar and enable you to reduce rolling loads and power levels and therefore energy consumption and costs. This technology also facilitates higher speeds in the finishing mill improving throughput, more consistent dimensional tolerances, minimized edge cracking, and reduced tail-end tearing.



Head of Metallurgical Services, Primetals Technologies 

Paul has been with Primetals Technologies since 1979, firstly as a mechanical engineer. Since then Paul has held various positions in the design, research & development, services, process and commissioning departments. Paul then took on the role of Encopanel system business manager, which saw him work on numerous hot strip mill Encopanel heat retention systems globally. Currently Paul heads up the metallurgical services division in the UK. 


Sales Manager Flat Rolling, Primetals Technologies 

Barry joined the technology department of Primetals Technologies in UK 2011. He subsequently became a key member of the proposals team for flat rolling projects. In 2017 Barry joined the metallurgical services department as propsals engineer before becomming sales manager for flat rolling and taking product ownership for the Encopanel heat retention system. 



Head of Technology & Innovation, Primetals Technologies

Sandip has been working for Primetals Technologies for over 25 years. As the head of technology and innovation, he is passionate about transforming engineering solutions by implementing Industry 4.0, developing and commercializing strategic products fit for our customer's current and future market requirement. Before starting his career in the metals industry, he studied electrical engineering in premier Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Sandip has had a variety of working experience in engineering and automation systems in complex rolling mill projects worldwide.