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ProScan: Siemens to market and sell optical system for non-contact profile measurement of long products

In future, Siemens VAI Metals Technologies will be marketing the ProScan gauge of the Italian company Tecnogamma S.p.A, Morgano Treviso within the scope of its portfolio for long-product rolling mills. ProScan is an optical system which enables the dimensions, shape or surface data of complexly shaped, hot-rolled products to be measured during operation.

ProScan Gauge (Photo. Tecnogamma)

ProScan is based on structured laser technology. The system is usually installed after the finishing stand of the rolling mill, where it measures the full profile of the final product and automatically identifies any out of tolerance dimensions, enabling the operator to correct, in real time, the working parameters.

Subsequent analysis of the measurements allows the user to determine where improvements can be made and ensures that productivity increases are realized.

The standard version comprises not only the profile measurement system but also 2D visualization for easy operation. With the aid of an optional optical module, ProScan also permits detection of surface defects. This solution can be used, for example, when rolling rails to test the rail heads. In this case, the early detection of defects reduces the reject rate and extends roll life.

ProScan can interface with common Siemens peripherals such as large-figure displays or the Sprite SPC (statistical process control) system, thus offering rolling mill operators a complete solution for the non-contact measurement of rolled material.

About TECNOGAMMA - Founded on 1982 and based in Badoere (TV), Italy, TECNOGAMMA is a member company of the MERMEC Group, the industry leading supplier of cutting-edge technology able to advance safety, efficiency and availability of railway and iron & steel industries worldwide. The MERMEC Group is active in more than 35 countries, with nearly 90 major private and public customers involved in freight and passenger transport, train manufacturing, iron & steel production. The MERMEC Group portfolio comprises Railway Diagnostic Systems and Vehicles, Asset Management Systems, Contracted Services, Signalling Systems, Steel Diagnostic Systems and other Industrial Applications. Headquartered in Monopoli, Italy, the MERMEC Group is led by the parent company MERMEC S.p.A (Italy) and comprises the wholly-owned subsidiaries: IMAGEMAP Inc. (SC, United States), MERMEC France Sarl (France), TECNOGAMMA S.p.A. (Italy).

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies as well as comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six Divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 222,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry posted in fiscal year 2008 a profit of EUR3.86 billion with revenues totaling EUR38 billion.

With the business activities of Siemens VAI Metal Technologies, (Linz, Austria), Siemens Water Technologies (Warrendale, Pa., U.S.A.), and Industrial Technologies, (Erlangen, Germany), the Siemens Industry Solutions Division (Erlangen, Germany) is one of the world's leading solution and service providers for industrial and infrastructure facilities. Using its own products, systems and process technologies, Industry Solutions develops and builds plants for end customers, commissions them and provides support during their entire life cycle. With around 31,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Solutions achieved an order intake of EUR 8.415 billon in fiscal year 2008.

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