Organised by IOM3
Roll making technology responds to advancements in rolling practices, developments of rolled steel materials, and developments of new roll manufacturing methods. The lag time involved in development and production of new roll* qualities often means existing roll inventories become prematurely obsolete. There is a growing concern that mill roll reliability could become a limiting factor for commercial adoption of new flat and long rolled metal material grades in existing rolling mills. Engineering-based mill roll specifications and roll material standards should be formulated to address future flat roll industry requirements.
* Here ‘rolls’ also includes discs and sleeves for long metal products rolling mills.
New hot and cold mills of tomorrow will be designed to roll some of the most challenging materials being developed. Will roll specifications for the mills of tomorrow be different than specifications for today’s mills? If so how?
Rolling an increasingly challenging product mix also amplifies the need for mills to ensure an adequate operating environment for the rolls, e.g. in terms of cooling and lubrication in the mill and in terms of NDT systems and practices in the roll shop. What are the latest insights and developments in these respects? How do they affect the roll performance and the selection of the optimum roll types, providing the best Value-in-Use?
What are the latest developments of grades for rolls, sleeves and discs? What is the status and outlook for novel manufacturing methods for rolls, other than the traditional methods casting and forging? How are rollmakers and roll users dealing with the drive towards sustainability & a circular economy? How will this affect the production, use and recycling of rolls?