The continuous casting process
The continuous casting process is used to produce semi-finished materials for further processing in forming processes.
- Extrusion-billets: Round or oval billets for rods or hollow profiles in various cross-sections
- Rolling slabs: Rectangular bars for sheets
Depending on the casting direction, the methods are distinguished between vertical and horizontal strand casting.
In vertical continuous casting, the products are moved downwards from the casting machine. After reaching the maximum depth of the plant, the casting is stopped, and the strands are removed from the system.
In the horizontal strand casting, the strands are pulled horizontally out from the casting system and cut into required lengths with flying saws. The casting runs continuously until metal in the furnace runs out.