World Market Leader in Measuring Systems
X-ray measuring systems, isotope measuring systems and optical measuring systems from the world’s leading manufacturer IMS Messsysteme GmbH have been a guarantee for highest product quality in the production and processing of steel, aluminium and non-ferrous metals since 1980.
Our non-contact measuring and detection systems are used in the steel, non-ferrous-metal and aluminium industries wherever meticulous material testing is required to guarantee the highest standards of quality – worldwide under the toughest operating conditions.
Both in hot production, such as continuous casting plants, hot rolling mills and tube mills, where shimmering surfaces, heat, dirt and moisture are common, as well as in cold rolling mills and service centres, measuring systems from IMS measure and detect reliably and with highest precision.
Exactly reproducible measurements and evaluations in real time optimise your production lines and increase product quality while simultaneously reducing production costs and reject rates.
High Precision Measuring Systems
for the steel, non-ferrous metal and aluminium industries
ASRA – Adaptive control of steel strips in hot rolling mills based on high-precision radar signal processing
NRW is known worldwide for the production of steel. In the frame of the project ASRA, IMS Messsysteme GmbH, SMS Group GmbH, IMST GmbH, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Fraunhofer FHR cooperate in order to sustainably increase efficiency of steel production lines. The goal is to perform for the first time inline radar measurements of the steel strip contour at the harsh environmental conditions at the roughing stand in hot rolling mills in order to realize real-time width control (Short-Stroke-Control). The early detection of variable edge shapes and ski formation, the recognition of the beginning and end of the steel strip as well as speed measurement allow for a significant scrap reduction, resulting in high energy and cost savings.
In ASRA, a modular, integrated multi-channel radar system will be developed in D-band (110-170 GHz), enabling high-resolution shape measurements. Radar signal processing methods will be developed and implemented in FPGAs by Fraunhofer FHR to perform real-time high-resolution measurements.
Moreover, the project ASRA applies the expertise of Ruhr-Universität Bochum in SiGe-chip technology and IMST GmbH know-how in the design of complex integrated wireless front-end systems, including planar antennas and lenses. Thanks to the experience of SMS Group in the modelling and control of the production of steel strips, and the expertise of IMS Messsysteme in the manufacturing and integration of different measurement systems in hot rolling mills, it will be possible to integrate and test the ASRA demonstrator in a realistic scenario.
This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (EFDF).
Conservation of resources through IMS measuring systems
The first thought in connection with the non-contact measuring systems from IMS for the steel, non-ferrous metal and aluminium industries certainly has nothing to do with active conservation of resources, as the steel industry is currently under massive public criticism as a climate polluter. However, our isotope, x-ray and optical measuring systems do exactly that: save and preserve resources!
The IMS product portfolio comprises numerous measuring systems and processes for various types of measurement, which deliver and document precise measurement results under the toughest conditions in hot and cold rolling mills as well as service centres.
In this way, material defects, surface irregularities, tolerance and dimensional deviations and many other factors that could lead to subsequent material rejects can be detected at an early stage during the manufacturing processes in the plants. Because the sooner even minor defects – which in steel products already render them useless – are detected, the faster machining processes can be corrected.
And exactly this contributes significantly to active climate protection, because it is no longer necessary to produce new products to substitute defective ones, and energy and water usage is reduced, as is the scrap rate.
In strong adherence to the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) we at IMS started the project IMSocial under the guiding principal: “Sustainable business not out of obligation, but out of conviction!” which is more than simply a project. IMSocial is a belief and stands for the values of our corporate philosophy. We not only want to achieve sustainability in our products and customer relations, but also place the same demands on our social, ecological and economic responsibility.