The 18-MN press will process seven-inch billets of between 300 and 1,000 mm length, the 10-MN press five-inch billets of between 300 and 600 mm length. The presses will have a combined annual capacity of more than 20,000 t of aluminum profiles.
In addition to the extrusion presses, SMS will also supply the complete handling system for both plants, including the billet cutting and preparation area, reheating furnaces, outlet with double puller and flying saw, cooling table, stretchers, final cutting saw, aging oven and die oven.
Outstanding features of the fully automated front-loading press are the compact, rigid press frame, short-stroke cylinders, high-precision linear guiding of the container and the extrusion stem, high energy efficiency and integration into the automation of the outlet area.
Energy savings will be primarily gained from the energy-optimized design of the hydraulic drive unit. Whenever a drive is not needed, it will be switched off by a software-controlled system and restarted by soft starters as soon as its power is needed again. Compared to other presses, the SMS front-loading presses achieve energy savings of up to 25 %.
The new extrusion press lines will enable VAKL to enter the segment of finished aluminum products and set new quality standards. The two lines will be the most modern extrusion presses in operation in the Indian market. Being a systems supplier, SMS will support VAKL in achieving its goal of becoming a producer of high-quality aluminum profiles for the premium segment. SMS will manufacture both extrusion presses and major parts of the handling systems in India.
Commissioning of the two lines is scheduled to take place in the third quarter of 2016.
(Source: SMS group)