Process simulation tools resort to a wide range of devices which are tentatively classified in the following table, structured according to the various process steps of the metal industry. Two categories of tools have been considered: laboratory & bench-scale tests and pilot lines, the former covering small-scale (and mostly batch) equipment and the latter large continuous lines.
We notably operate unique pilot facilities which allow putting to the test many variations of the thermo-mechanical treatments that set structure of metallic products and many different coating processes to give them improved resistance or dedicated surface properties. Because most of our continuous lines operate on “baby coils” (250 mm width, up to 2.5 t), a given hot rolled coil can be further processed through the downstream lines for pickling, cold rolling, annealing & galvanising, surface treatment and coating (e.g. painting). This provides a unique simulation facility for the whole steel processing sequence from hot rolling to the final product.
In the field of vacuum technologies for metal coating such as Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD), we are also working with quite unique tools: two plasma and vacuum pilot lines and one vacuum batch of large dimensions. Other remarkable pilot facilities allow preparing raw and recycled materials through sorting, agglomeration, reduction or smelting, and others are dedicated to the final shaping of metallic products into full-scale prototypes.
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