Shroud Tube Manipulator (Automatic)

Shroud Tube Manipulator (Automatic)

In steel making, the shroud tube creates a connection between the ladle and tundish of the continuous casting plant allowing molten metal to flow between the two. The Monocon Shroud Tube Manipulator (MSTM) guides this shroud tube to controlled the delivery of the liquid steel from the ladle into the tundish to improve the steel quality and increase process reliability.

The V2 Monocon Shroud Tube Manipulator (MSTM-V2) is fully automatic, safe and reliable method of positioning the ladle shroud under the collector nozzle, which has been developed to suit most steel plant applications. Monocon also supply a Semi-Automatic Shroud Tube Manipulator (MSTM-V1).

Monocon is able to provide the best tailor made solution for each customer as each application is carefully considered by Monocon's technical team involving a site survey and consultation with the steel plant.

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Design Features

MSTM-V2 Design Features

The MSTM-V2 is a compact design, automatic ladle shroud manipulator with all axes of the machine powered. The machine can perform pre-programmed tasks with single button operation and consists of the following main components:

  • Monocon Shroud Tube Manipulator V2 (MSTM-V2).
  • Hydraulic Power.
  • Electrical Control Console - PLC Control Panel to house the PLC along with associated power supply and Ethernet connection.
  • Wired Operator Pendant (Optional Wireless Joystick is available).

NOTE: final positioning of the MSTM will require input from the operator to account for variation in collector nozzle position.

MSTM-V2 Program Features

An articulated jib with dual drive provides the slew and forward/backward movement and the boom can be raised/lowered and rotated to allow correct positioning of the shroud.

  • Slew 1 - Electric Motor driven movement.
  • Slew 2 - Electric Motor driven movement.
  • Boom Rotate - Hydraulic driven movement .
  • Boom Raise/Lower - Hydraulic driven movement.

Monocon shroud tube manipulator features

The MSTM-V2 can be programmed with pre-set functions as required by the plant. This can be achieved by any combination of axis movements. Typically functions include:

  • Park: a safe park position of the MSTM-V2 away from the movements of the tundish and ladle.
  • Load: a pre-set position from which the shroud can be loaded or for the machine to automatically collect the shroud from a storage cassette (where applicable).
  • Ready: the position of the shroud under the collector nozzle, prior to "Dock"
  • Dock: the upwards force from the rai
    se/lower cylinder will be maintained at a pre-set docking pressure to hold the shroud in position during casting. Typically, the dock force is adjustable between 500-5000N.
  • Burnout: a pre-set position to allow the safe lancing of the ladle shroud or positioning under an automatic burnout station (where applicable).
  • Stop: allows the machine to be stopped part way through a function. This enables the operator to temporarily stop movement if required and then continue when suitable.

Safety Benefit

MSTM-V2 Safety Benefits

Safe equipment and operation is paramount. The Monocon MSTM-V2 machine is built to the latest applicable standards. Full training in all aspects of the equipment and operation will be provided as part of our Monocon quality assurance machine commissioning program.

  • Emergency Shut-off.
  • Operator is positioned away from the heat source. Greater shroud selection is possible.
  • Fully powered lifting and manipulation ensures no manual intervention, lifting and/or undue strain.
  • Removes the requirement for the operator to be in a hazardous position under the ladle.

Monocon provide a multitude of safety interlock facilities to enable safe integration with the caster operation. This interlock will be incorporated to the PLC operation. Safety systems are to be determined with customer but will typically include; Ladle Movement, Tundish Movement, Emergency Stops and Low Pressure. The MSTM-V2 can be arranged to perform agreed movements in response to specific caster events and vice versa.

Monocon operator safety 1

Technical Specification

MSTM-V2 Technical Features

The machine is a fabricated mild steel construction with access covers where necessary. The MSTM-V2 is mounted on a base plate which will be fixed in place on the caster floor.

The Electrical Control System will typically consist of the following:

  • PLC Panel - typical supply; 220/110V single phase.
  • Control Console - typical supply; 220/110V single phase.
  • Inverter Panel - typical supply; 415V, 3 Phase, 50 Hz.
  • Wired Operator Pendant (Wireless Joystick is Optional).

The Hydraulic power supply will use an appropriate flame proof safe lube.

Monocon MSTM V2 technical spec

Supply Options

MSTM-V2 Supply Options

  • The Monocon Shroud Tube Manipulator V2 can be configured and/or customised to suit the clients requirements.
  • Available in a semi-automatic variant (see MSTM-V1).
  • Optional Hydraulic Power Unit (See the image on the right). This unit is supplied as a 'plug-and'play' framed assembly including all the integral filters and componentary.
  • The machine can be positioned remotely using an optional wireless joystick.
  • All surfaces can be painted in accordance with the customer specification.

Monocon MSTM V2 hydraulic power pack
  • Monocon can provide vibration sensors in the Shroud Tube Manipulator to provide early detection of slag flow in the shroud tube. This optional supply feature thereby provides an early-warning system which can significantly contribute to improving the quality of the steel produced.

Monocon MSTM V2 Shroud
  • The Shroud Support Ring (example shown to right), can be designed to suit customer requirements. This can include open or closed ring design and must be determined prior to order. The holder fork connects the Shroud Support ring to the boom. It is designed to be replaceable in case of damage due to steel splashing. The section should be kept on stock as a spare at all times.
  • Alternate PLC Panel options are available such as an Allen Bradley unit with Ethernet/IP protocol or Siemens PLC with Profinet.
  • UPS - mains power spike/failure protection.

Please contact our UK technical team for further information.

Cost Benefit

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