The hot coils, delivered to the inspection line by rail-bound coil transport cars, are inspected there and then taken to the high-bay storage system.
Integrated into the transport line is a strapping machine, which binds the coils at their circumference to ensure safety during transport and storage.
The heart of the coil logistics system is the two-aisle high-bay store, which can 1972 aluminum coils weighing up to 21.5t and with a maximum temperature of 450°C on eleven storage levels.
Three stacker cranes are provided for handling in the storage aisles. The high-bay store is designed to enable the storage and retrieval of an average of 57 coils (maximum 76 coils) an hour.
The temperature inside the storage facility is regulated by a ventilation cooling system that enables hot coils to be rapidly cooled to the required temperature before further processing in the cold rolling mills.
Linkage of the high-bay storage facility to the cold rolling complex is achieved by rail-bound coil transport cars and two bay cranes. Material can be taken from the storage facility to the next production stage or temporarily stored in the storage facility with the aid of the transport systems.
Following a successful start-up, the fully automated logistics system was handed over to the customer in June 2011.