Sarclad Launch New In-House Training Programmes

Sarclad are pleased to report that they have started providing In-House Training sessions to support customers who are using their range of metal industry technology products.

The inaugural course took place in April with customers from Aperam Chatelet and NLMK La Louviere in Belgium taking part. This first course was dedicated to the operation and maintenance of Sarclad’s Rollscan roll inspection systems. Both Aperam and NLMK already own a number of these systems and three further units are due to be delivered to NLMK shortly.

Sarclad’s After Sales and Customer Service Manager Alison Kemp explained “we are always looking for ways to better support our customers throughout the life of their Sarclad equipment and training is one of the key resources we can offer. We know that very often when we are called out to site, the issues are due to operators having an unfamiliarity with the equipment rather than any malfunction. 

While we already carry out on site training for new personnel, we recognise that a noisy rollshop or caster environment is not always ideal to work in as it is difficult to communicate and employees cannot always completely escape from their day to day responsibilities. By attending a course here at Sarclad, more effective training can be given away from these distractions as our Customer Zone has a designated training area which allows our engineers to work closely with our customers for both theoretical and practical training.  

A particular benefit for these courses is that we can tailor them to match the exact requirements of the customer.  We also delivered last week’s course in French so that there were no language barriers and that was greatly appreciated by the participants. 

We are looking to expand the range of courses we offer now to cover further topics and hope to be running our next session in a month or so.  We have had a very high level of interest in the courses and think that they will continue to be popular with our customers.” 

If you would like any further details about the range of courses on offer, please get in touch with Alison who will be pleased to discuss in more detail with you.

11th World Trade Fair & Conference: Aluminium 2016, Düsseldorf

Sarclad will be exhibiting at the 11th World Trade Fair & Conference, Aluminium 2016 held at Messe Düsseldorf, Germany from the 29th November to 1st December.

We are hoping for another successful event at Messe Düsseldorf.

If you will be attending the event, please feel free to stop by our stand located in Hall 9, stand 9C22.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Second EDT Contract for RunYuan Steel, China

Sarclad is pleased to announce that we have recently secured a second 36 electrode EDT contract with Chinese based RunYuan Steel.

This will be the second Sarclad 36EDT machine supplied within the last 18 months to this valuable customer, as the firm continues to grow and develop its excellent texturing and grinding service capabilities for local steel manufacturers.

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The contracts were signed and exchanged between RunYuan General Manager, Mr. Cao and Sarclad Managing Director, Richard Cowlishaw on August 23rd 2016.

The new machine is planned to be despatched in October 2016 with a target date for full operation of the end of January 2017, to meet RunYuan’s increasing demand for high quality, automotive grade textured rolls.

Positive Results for Sarclad’s First UK In-Chain Installation

IMG_2466In October 2015 Sarclad installed 2 on-line In-Chain measuring systems supplied to Tata Scunthorpe on Strands 5 & 6 of the Slab Caster.

The In-Chain systems are permanently mounted to the dummy bar chains. They are fully automatic data gathering systems which measure gap at 4 positions and outer roll alignment data at 2 positions across the width of both strands.

Each system is powered by an on-board battery cell which is charged automatically through non-contact inductive coils while the dummy bar chain is in-active on the dummy bar ramp.

At the start of cast, the dummy bar is inserted in to the caster. The In-chain data logger switches on automatically as the bar moves inside the caster and approaches the start of cast position.

Once casting begins, gap and alignment data is measured by each measuring assembly and the data stored inside the on-board Data Logger computer.

As the dummy bar exits the caster, the system performs a controlled shutdown. As the Auto-charge coils come in to alignment with each other, the On-Board computer re-boots and automatically transfers the measured data via Wi-Fi to a PC where it is analysed and displayed.

The installations at Tata Scunthorpe are the first at a UK steel plant and compliment systems in the USA and Brazil.

TSThe benefits of this system are that Gap and Alignment data is collected at every start of cast with no interruption to Production activities thus providing the quality critical measurement essential for the high quality Slabs that Tata Scunthorpe produce.

Sarclad UK Expands its Head Office Facility

Sarclad are pleased to announce the expansion of the UK Head Office in Rotherham into the adjoining premises, of Unit 4 at the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

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The additional 14,000 Sqft of primarily production engineering space will enable Sarclad to build and test more machines in parallel to meet the increasing demand for the roll texturing machine – ROLLTEX and will also allow us to install a permanent EDT development machine to support our on goingSUK Sign 2015 R&D programme into advanced roll texturing techniques.

A new Customer Zone will also be created to show case Sarclad’s abilities and success around the world as well as proving a dedicated facility for meetings, training and technical presentations.

Chinese company with a Yuan to spend does £190k deal with AMP firm

CISDI UK place order for equipment with SARCLAD in Sheffield. Nick Stanley (SARCLAD), Steve Shillito (SARCLAD), Richard Cowlishaw (SARCLAD), Bob Foster (CISDI UK), Shichun Ma (CISDI), Shuang Lu (CISDI), Andrew Penrice (CISDI UK) and Jianwu Yan, (CISDI) with the Strand Conditioner Monitor Picture Dean Atkins

CISDI UK place order for equipment with SARCLAD in Sheffield.
Nick Stanley (SARCLAD), Steve Shillito (SARCLAD), Richard Cowlishaw (SARCLAD), Bob Foster (CISDI UK), Shichun Ma (CISDI), Shuang Lu (CISDI), Andrew Penrice (CISDI UK) and Jianwu Yan, (CISDI)
with the Strand Conditioner Monitor
Picture Dean Atkins

A Chinese company which set up its European base in Sheffield to buy from local manufacturers has been as good as its word, placing its first order – worth £190,000 – at the AMP.

CISDI UK, a subsidiary of China’s global engineering giant CISDI, opened its £2.2million offices at Victoria Quays in May with the promise of spending its Yuans extensively in the Sheffield City Region.

The procurement and design company has a shopping list of hi-tec, hi-spec engineering components for CISDI construction contracts around the globe.

Its first deal, for a remote strand condition monitor, a hi-tech quality control device to be used for a  steel casting machine, has been struck with Sarclad Ltd on Whittle Way.

Sarclad is a world-leading provider of technology-based products to help metal producers reduce manufacturing costs and improve product quality.

CISDI UK place order for equipment with SARCLAD in Sheffield. Richard Cowlishaw (SARCLAD), Shichun Ma (CISDI) and Bob Foster (CISDI UK) with the Strand Conditioner Monitor Picture Dean Atkins

CISDI UK place order for equipment with SARCLAD in Sheffield.
Richard Cowlishaw (SARCLAD), Shichun Ma (CISDI) and Bob Foster (CISDI UK) with the Strand Conditioner Monitor
Picture Dean Atkins

CISDI UK MD John Lester commented: “ We are delighted to be buying from Sarclad, a company with a vast amount of expertise in the metals industry.

“The order will be heading for China, where our parent company CISDI Group will incorporate it into a continuous casting plant it has won a contract to build for Sha Steel in Zhangjiagang, in the Jiangsu province.

“There will be further orders to come from that project and we hope to place as many as possible within the Sheffield City Region.

“CISDI UK has a further £1.3million of procurement and design orders from China to fulfil on components within our first year, particularly those made to such long tradition in the local area.”

CISDI UK place order for equipment with SARCLAD in Sheffield. SARCLAD MD Richard Cowlishaw and Andrew Penrice of CISDI UK with representatives of CISDI on the factory tour at SARCLAD Picture Dean Atkins

CISDI UK place order for equipment with SARCLAD in Sheffield.
SARCLAD MD Richard Cowlishaw and Andrew Penrice of CISDI UK with representatives of CISDI on the factory tour at SARCLAD
Picture Dean Atkins

Sarclad, which has expanded around the world since launching in 1977, now supplies quality equipment to all of the leading steel manufacturers and suppliers across 46 different countries. It moved from Chesterfield to the AMP in 2012.

The company has welcomed the new local gateway to Chinese trade, opened by CISDI UK’s arrival.

“Having CISDI located in Sheffield provides a direct link to the huge export market in China and will benefit not only Sarclad but other manufacturers and suppliers throughout the country,” said MD Richard Cowlishaw.

“We feel proud and honoured to have received the first order issued from its new Sheffield office,” he added.

“Our equipment will be used for measuring the critical parameters of a steel casting machine to ensure the highest quality of the cast steel slabs. It is custom-designed and manufactured entirely in the UK.  

“The world-leading, hi-tech engineering equipment Sarclad offers satisfies CISDI’s requirements in many areas of the steel industry, from steel casting to inspection and the texturing of rolling mill rolls.”

Since March, Sarclad has secured further orders for steel plants in China and Germany. Also supplying to plants in Canada, Turkey, Belgium, Saudi Arabia and Brazil.

CISDI UK place order for equipment with SARCLAD in Sheffield. Left to Right, Jianwu Yan, (CISDI), Shichun Ma (CISDI), Andrew Penrice (CISDI UK), Steve Shillito (SARCLAD), Richard Cowlishaw (SARCLAD), Bob Foster (CISDI UK), Shuang Lu (CISDI) and Nick Stanley (SARCLAD) Picture Dean Atkins

CISDI UK place order for equipment with SARCLAD in Sheffield.
Left to Right,
Jianwu Yan, (CISDI), Shichun Ma (CISDI),
Andrew Penrice (CISDI UK), Steve Shillito (SARCLAD), Richard Cowlishaw (SARCLAD), Bob Foster (CISDI UK), Shuang Lu (CISDI) and Nick Stanley (SARCLAD)
Picture Dean Atkins