ABS has 3 continuous casting lines for the production of raw material. Although the machines are of different sizes, they are all equipped with a high level of technology and automation, which allows a high level of control and repeatability of the process. There are precise casting practices for each steel grade, guaranteeing high-quality standards of core and surface properties, minimizing the segregating effects and therefore making our continuous cast blooms suitable for further internal rolling/forging processes, or directly sold to our customers for further transformation. Among the continuous casting machines, “Hercules” is one of the largest plants in the world for the production of “jumbo” blooms in sections ranging from 500 mm to 850 mm.
|shape||section size [mm]||length [m]||weight [kg]|
|round||sezione200, 220, 270, 310, 405;
500, 600, 700, 750, 850
210, 230, 250, 280, 310, 410
|length3,35 - 12,5||peso|
|square||sezione160x160 - 170x170
||length3,35 - 12,5||peso|
ABS performs various cold finishing processes, such as sandblasting, turning, straightening, deburring and cold cutting. Our goal is to provide you with a controlled quality product that meets your requirements.
The two main features of cold processing are:
• To make the material that has any surface or internal defects and geometric limits compliant, and to modify the mechanical properties such as hardness;
• To give added value with surface machining processes such as turning, peeling, grinding, etc.
To confer the mechanical or grain properties to the steel, we subject the material to heat treatments such as tempering, stress relieving, normalizing, quenching and various annealing cycles (shearable, globular, full, soft). ABS reheating furnaces are fully automated with natural gas or electric heating.
The material is furnace, air or water quenched, depending on the required final product specifications.
The future of steel in ABS research
To be ahead of the times and to contribute towards the development of the steel industry drive us to continuously invest in Research & Development and not only in the company’s internal labs at the head offices.
Our innovative and specialized centre of excellence is called ABS Centre Métallurgique, or ACM, which we opened in Metz, France. This place was chosen because it represents the heart of the European steel industry.
An international group of professionals study the material and its transformation and propose new steel production models that can be implemented in the future. At the same time, they support the internal quality team or support customers for specific interventions such as characterization, numerical simulation, metallurgical competence, process support or broader research projects.
Excellence for every sector
We strive to provide you with innovative products that are requested from us above all in sectors where quality excellence is essential: automotive, trucks, earthmoving, bearings, wind farming, rail, military, oil & gas, nuclear, agricultural and industrial vehicles .
For these sectors, we study, design and implement specific applications thanks to the collaboration between the ABS Product Development team and the Metz Research & Development centre, ABS Centre Métallurgique.
The characteristics suitable for the highest standards, guaranteed by technology and the ABS control system are always associated to a wide range of choices in terms of steel grade, sizing and processing in the raw or finished state.