Mogilev Metallurgical Works (MMZ), a scrap-based steelmaker in Belarus, has contracted Danieli Breda to design and supply an integrated open-die forging plant to produce rough axles. Finished products will be supplied to Byelorusian Railway, a state-owned railway.
The complex will be installed at MMZ’s steel works in Mogilev, Belarus. Construction has been underway for nearly a year, and a startup is scheduled for September.
The core of the complex will be a high-speed, 11-MN open-die forging press integrated with two, 2/4-mt rail-bound manipulators. Danieli Breda listed the production capacity at 45,000 axles per year.
With a design emphasizing automated production of axles, the installation will have an automatic in-line billet handling and bar cutting system, at the entry side. An affiliated company, Danieli Olivotto Ferrè, is supplying a billet reheating section, and a heat-treating operation.
The formed products will be processed by straightening, end cutting, ultrasonic testing, and shot blasting.
A product-testing laboratory will be installed for analysis and product certification according to GOST standards (a set of technical standards common in former Soviet states, maintained by the Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification.)
Danieli Automation will develop a process control system to manage the forging plant.