Automation of Steel Industry


Linz is internationally famous for steel production. No wonder that Sprecher's industry department has also been attached to this branche for decades.

Inreasing quality and production standards demand sophisticated automation solutions for production processes.

Highest possible system availability acts as a decisive factor for automation systems. Therefore, tasks and sequences have to be controlled and monitored at most precise levels. Of course, this also involves collection and processing of process and plant data.

Preventive maintenance furthermore demands detailed and targeted system information.


Turnkey solutions

Visualisation of a cut-to-length line

Process control

For process visualisation, Sprecher Automation provides local HMI stations as well as superior control centers. Complete plants are controlled and monitored by visualisation software, that optimally meets customer requirements. The system also supports redundant client-server solutions.

Existing plant components can be easily integrated into the new system. Sprecher's process control also allows connection to existing IT systems via open interfaces.

The control hardware (PLC) and software, which is placed in the control cubicles, acts as the interface to the process.


Major automation areas

  • Heating control of slabs and billets, post-processing
  • Control of hydraulic lifting beams, pusher-type and annealing furnaces
  • Forming and seamless tube plants
  • Control and meterial logistics for cut-to-length and slitting lines


Power supply

With the product series SPREPOWER and SPRECON-E, Sprecher Automation provides all required low, medium and high voltage switchgears including secondary systems for automation and protection. This power supply package is completed by network calculations, building infrastructure and (building of) containers, retrofit as well as necessary maintenance and other service works.

Application Examples