Patent Number: 6,167,736

Title: Tension control system and method for reducing front end and tail end overfill of a continuously hot rolled product

Abstract: A system for controlling front and tail end gauge of a continuous hot rolled product in a rolling mill includes first and second individually driven roll stands arranged successively along said pass line in advance of a group of roll stands. A controller adjusts the operating speed relationship between the first and second individually driven roll stands to achieve an increased level of tension in the front and tail end segments of the product passing between the first and second individually driven roll stands. The increased level of tension results in the decrease in product cross sectional area sufficient to compensate for the lack of cross sectional area reduction resulting from the absence of interstand tension experienced by said front and tail end segments while being rolled in the group of roll stands. To control the gauge of the front end of the continuous hot rolled product, the controller commands a decrease in the speed of the first roll stand as front end approaches the second individually driven roll stand, which is located adjacent to and downstream of the first individually driven roll stand. The reduction of the speed of the first roll stand below a nominal rolling speed establishes the increased level of tension of the product between the first and second roll stands when the front end enters the second roll stand. When the front end has passed the first roll stand, the controller commands the speed of the first roll stand to return to the nominal roll speed to roll the segment of the product between the front and tail ends. To control the gauge of the tail end of the product, the controller commands a decrease in the speed of the first roll stand as the tail end approaches the second individually driven roll stand.

Inventors: Shore; T. Michael (Princeton, MA)

Assignee: Morgan Construction Company

International Classification: B21B 37/48 (20060101); B21B 37/52 (20060101); B21B 037/72 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018