Texas Steel Mill Will Be Upgraded with Primetals Technologies
Primetals Technologies will supply an optical bar counter with positional layer separation, electrical equipment, automation and installation engineering.
Vinton Steel LLC of Vinton, Texas, has signed a contract with Primetals Technologies for an upgrade of its bar mill. The upgrade will enable Vinton to reduce delays, increase productivity, improve bundle quality, and enable the mill to handle bars up to 80-foot lengths. Start-up is expected for early 2020.
The project consists of a complete bar handling arrangement from cold shear to product unloading, which includes a 660 short ton cold shear, cold shear run-out table, gauge beam, short bar handling system, bar counting equipment, bundle forming equipment, bundle tying and bundle storage. In addition, Primetals Technologies will supply an optical bar counter with positional layer separation, electrical equipment, automation and installation engineering. Vinton Steel LLC is a 300,000 short tonnes per year mini-mill that uses EAF technology to produce various lengths of rebar in sizes from #4 to #18 for the construction industry.
Its operations include scrap processing facilities, a steel mill, rolling mill, and a grinding ball mill. It also produces smooth rounds to manufacture grinding balls for the mining industry in sizes that vary from 1-1/2-inch to 4 inches in diameter. Founded in 1962, the company was acquired in December 2016 by Kyoei Steel Ltd. of Japan, who is a leading international group in mini-mills. The steel mills recycle more than 250,000 tonnes per year and in the process, autos, major household appliances, industrial scrap and other forms of salvaged steel are converted into new steel products. Vinton Steel, LLC leverages the technological expertise which has developed over the years to provide a stable supply of high-quality steel products. Waste steel is melted in an electric furnace and then recycled into new steel and that is its core business.