ABB secures $2.5m order to futureproof Kanthal mill

11 June 2020

Kanthal - the supplier of steel within the global Kanthal Group - has selected ABB to supply and install a new drive system, including motor, frequency converter, transformer, and controls for the company’s Hallstahammar blooming mill in an order worth USD 2.5M. The assignment also includes the mounting of a new 70-ton gearbox.

ABB will manage the project from end-to-end. This includes removal of an existing DC motor and drive system, and installation of a modern AC design. The scope also covers all electrical and mechanical mounting, concrete work, commissioning, and equipment testing. The new drive system will enhance performance and availability, with fewer unplanned stops and access to ABB’s service expertise and spare parts.

Removal and replacement of the existing 60-ton ABB DC motor will take place over six weeks during summer 2021. The new ABB drive system will offer numerous benefits to Kanthal, including increased reliability, improved performance, built-in regulation of reactive power, immunity from network malfunctions and improved total efficiency of around 3.5%.