The customer was exploring options to automation the Plate Shear Line in order to increase the line speed. The changeover from old system to new one was scheduled to be done within one week.


The project required synchronization of all line drives with main shear drive with cut to length functionality. Cutting length accuracy required was 5 mm for plate length upto 10 meter.

Deployed Siemens automation systems comprising:

  • S7 400 PLC with function module
  • Remote IO stations
  • Master drives
  • HMI MP277
  • ES for drives
  • ES for PLC
  • Two OS with WinCC SCADA


The customer could achieve:

  • 10% increase in line speed
  • Ease of troubleshooting
  • Reduction in manpower and operation cost due to centralized operation.
  • Changeover from old system to new in four days
Steel Plant Automation – Plate Shear Line