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16.10.2017

On the way to a successful EMG eMASS® project

Achieving optimum process results with a project effort as low as possible

These are the main factors influencing the success of an EMG eMASS® project

In the past articles of this series, we have dealt intensively with the question of which methods and scenarios can be used to achieve optimum results when using the EMG eMASS® electromagnetic strip stabilisation.

Once the basic decision to invest in strip stabilisation has been made, the second question is how to plan the installation in the line, commissioning and use of the system in production in such a way that, on the one hand, the project effort is kept as low as possible and, on the other hand, optimum process results can be achieved without unduly hindering the operation of the coating line.

Achieving this goal is possible with a high degree of certainty, provided that the following five points are observed:

  1. First of all, it must be clarified what exactly are the goals associated with the planned use of EMG eMASS®. Is it the further saving of zinc for a system that has already been optimised to a large extent? Is it the achievement of thinner layers, which can only be obtained if the strip runs more stable? Or is it a new investment or a fundamental optimisation of the coating line, in which not only the strip stabilisation system but also the combination of strip stabilisation and air knife system as an integrated solution (EMG eMASS® / DUMA-BANDZINK JetPro®) comes into consideration?
  2. The second important point is the clarification of mechanical integration possibilities. On the one hand, care should be taken to ensure that the EMG eMASS® strip stabiliser can be placed as close as possible to the air knife nozzle level, and on the other hand that the operation of the coating line can continue unhindered even with regard to manual nozzle cleaning. If an integrated solution is not possible, the strip stabilisation system should be mounted on a separate frame in almost all cases. EMG eMASS® can then be driven out of the line independently of the air knive. Maintenance work on the jet arrangement is thus possible without hindrance and considerably increases the acceptance of the operating personnel with regard to the continuous use of the system.
  3. A third important point to be clarified is the integration of data and control technology into plant automation. The depth of this integration is related to the objectives defined in point 1 and the mechanical coupling between the air knife system and the strip stabilisation in point 2. From the beginning on, a clear interface definition and task distribution between EMG, the automation partner and the end user is required. As with mechanical integration, EMG can draw on a rich portfolio of solutions and experience in this area.
  4. A closely coordinated project plan and an intelligent distribution of tasks are further prerequisites for a successful project. In many cases, mechanical and electrical integration tasks can be carried out directly by the customer or local service providers. This generally allows a very cost-efficient solution for the use of an EMG eMASS® system to be implemented.
  5. Last but not least, the intensive support and training of service and plant personnel at the end customer by EMG's experts is an important precondition for a successful project. This means that the end user is brought into the "driver's seat" as quickly as possible in order to ensure the successful use of an electromagnetic strip stabilisation system. 


Conclusion
Based on more than ten years of experience with
EMG eMASS® electromagnetic stabilisation in more than 50 applications worldwide, a successful project with very low risk for the end user can be realised in cooperation with EMG, taking into account the above mentioned factors. The customer is then able to implement the added value anticipated in his investment decision very quickly in reality. A mutually agreed and accepted definition of goals is in this context the decisive success factor!

For further details, read the other articles in this series:


Have you become curious? You want to know more about EMG eMASS® and the effort for a successful project? Please feel free to contact our sales organisation or our product manager steffen.dombrowski@emg-automation.com at any time.