Two specially dressed CVS FERRARI F500.RS5 reach stackers are now the backbone of the slab transportation infrastructure at the COMANHIA SIDERURGICA DO ATLANTICO steel mill in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil. A very large steel mill complex that was acquired in March 2017 by Ternium (Techint Group) from the former owners ThyssenKrupp and Companhia Vale de Rio Doce.
The two trucks have started their service last summer and are reported by the customer to be outperforming his expectations in terms of productivity, driver’s comfort and reliability.
The machines are equipped with a CVS FERRARI designed and built Tool Changer and a set of tools that include a Slab Clamp and a Magnet System.
Both tools can be quickly connected or disconnected on and from the trucks thanks to the hydraulic twist-locks of the Tool Changer and based on the attachment connection the machine on board computer automatically sets the truck load management system and driver’s control to the engaged tool configuration.
The slab clamp, is built to handle the slabs that come off the hot mill lines and that reach temperatures that exceeds 900 degrees Celsius and that are up to 2200 mm wide, up to 250 mm thick and that can weigh up to 40 Ton.
The magnet system is instead used to despatch with high productivity rates the slabs when they cool down to 300 degrees Celsius or less. The unique CVS FERRARI arrangement of the magnet powering and control system is such that the gen-set, spare battery pack and main electric box are located on the chassis in such a way that whilst accessibility is maximized, there is no impact on driver’s front and rear visibility.
The tires and front of the truck is protected against the very high temperatures of the hot slabs and even the cab features a set of heat protection that include a very special heat resisting and deflecting glass. A set of cameras assist the driver in certain tasks the machine has to accomplish.
The stairs and walkways of the truck as well all the safety features of the machine are fully compliant with the stringent Brazilian NR 12 regulations.