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  • What guarantees the highest product quality in rolling mills?

    Answers for industry.

    Siemens synchronous motors: A synthesis of high dynamic perfor-mance, extremely smooth running characteristics and ruggedness.

  • Rolling-mill main drives: Exemplary when it comes to smooth running characteristics and dynamic performance

    In rolling mills, interruption-free processes and the quality of the rolled steel are

    of foremost importance. Drive technology plays a significant role in achieving this.

    With extremely high smooth running characteristics and dynamic performance,

    our main drives play a decisive role in attaining maximum product quality - even at

    high power ratings. Our synchronous motors with cylindrical rotor cover a power

    range from 500 kW up to 16.5 MW at speeds of between 20 and 1500 rpm

    perfectly tailored to meet your technical requirements.

    At home in rolling mills around the world

    Our rolling-mill motors are used in almost every rolling mill around the globe whether as drives for all hot and cold rolling mills or as drives for plate stands with the highest torque ratings world-wide. These powerful motors also prove their reliability in section and rod mills when processing carbon and stainless steels as well as in the area of aluminum and non-ferrous metals.


  • Synchronous motors with cylindrical rotor advantages at a glanceEverything for interruption-free processes and outstanding quality of the rolled steel:Wide speed control range with constant power (field weakening)

    Optional overload capability up to 275% of the rated torque: minimum speed changes even at maximum load changes (e.g. during load impact)

    Low moment of inertia e.g. for reversing motorsSlipring excitation: excellent dynamic performance;

    full torque even at the lowest speedsPedestal bearing version for high power ratings:

    can withstand axial shock loads of up to 700 tonsExtremely rugged technology with a long service life: permanent disturbance-

    free motor operation ensures the availability of the complete plantCompact motor design with optimized materials:

    low capital investment and lower lifecycle costsCan be adapted to specific customer demands: e.g. existing foundationsDrive system and plant solution possibleLarge installed base - more than 3300 motors worldwide:

    competent service partner

  • Synchronous motor with cylindrical rotor: Crafted to handle the highest forces and abrupt load changes

    From the very nature of the process, drives for rolling mills are subject to high

    load changes and shock-type loads. For typical requirements in the rolling mill

    area - a wide speed range with continuous maximum power - generally a

    synchronous motor is more cost-effective than an induction motor. Without any

    special measures, it is capable of overloads of up to 275% of the rated torque

    over the complete speed range. Our powerful synchronous motors have a high

    speed stiffness and an extremely low torque ripple in spite of the enormous

    loads that are applied. The converter fed motors also cover a wide torque range

    from 30 all the way up to 2460 kNm.


  • Durable technology and compact motor design

    When it comes to operating the complete plant, rolling-mill motors have an important role to play - or even a key one. The extremely rugged synchronous motor technology with a long service life plays a decisive role in the continuous disturbance-free operation of the motors and in turn secures the availability of your complete plant. The compact motor design with opti-mized materials further ensures a low capital investment and lower lifecycle costs.

    High availability and low maintenance costs

    Cylindrical rotor motors especially set themselves apart as a result of the extremely compact and reliable design. The complete rotor as well as the stator have the MICALASTIC vacuum-pressure impregnated insulation system used for high-voltage motors and proven over many years in operation. This results in high mechanical durability and constant electrical properties. Using the VPI technique (Vacuum Pres-sure Impregnation), which is perfectly coordinated with the insulation design, this insulation system fulfills all require-ments - e.g.:

    Line or converter operationHigh switching and reversing strength

    due to the high stiffness of the winding overhangs

    Almost void-free insulationExcellent corona shieldingLong service life as a result of the

    thermal endurance and temperature class F design

    Insensitive to chemically aggressive atmospheres

    Low maintenance costs

    Contrary to salient pole rotors, cylindrical rotors have no bolted pole connections or other retaining elements. The risk that bolt connections can loosen is therefore minimized - and maintenance costs are correspondingly low. The press fit between the core assembly and the rotor shaft as well as the compact design ensures outstanding ruggedness. For reversing mill motors, the rotor core is also tangentially wedged.

    Winding support ring for the rotor winding overhang The rotor winding overhang is tied to a special support ring and achieves its enormous stability and long service life as a result of the VPI technique

    Technical data at a glance

    Motor type Synchronous motor with laminated cylindrical rotor Optional: squirrel-cage induction motor

    Design IM 1001 / IM 7311 / IM 7315 Optional: IM 3011 and IM 3231 (edger)

    Power rating 500 kW 16.5 MW

    Speed 20 1500 rpm (typical base speed: 50 900 rpm)

    Overload capability 2.0 x Mrated continuously running rolling-mill motors, coilers 2.5 x Mrated edgers, beam mills, reversing mill motors: up to 2.75 Mrated maximum

    Voltages Designed for converter operation

    Cooling type Water/air, force ventilated Optional: cooling through the foundation/pipe connection

    Degree of protection

    Motor IP44, slipring compartment IP23 Optional: motor IP54, slipring compartment IP54

    Regulations IEC 60034 Optional: NEMA MG-1


  • Robust bearing design pedestal bearings for high power ratings

    Depending on the customer specifica-tions and requirements, the motors either have roller or sleeve bearings. All of our rolling-mill motors have a locating bearing as standard. The size is defined by the forces that have to be absorbed. For direct drives of large plate mills, the axial thrust bearings are, for instance, designed for additional axial forces of up to 7000 kN that can occur in an emergency (when a roll breaks).

    Low moment of inertia for reversing motors

    Short torque response times and a low moment of inertia ensure short reversing times and that the speeds quickly adapt to the particular requirements when accelerating and braking. Even enormous load changes, for instance at the load impact, only have a minimum impact on the speed. The slipring excitation ensures the full torque even at the lowest speeds - and also improves the dynamic perfor-mance of the closed-loop control.

    Always the optimum features through tailored options

    High power ratings through effective cooling

    As standard, the rolling-mill motors are either equipped with an air-water cooler (IC86W) or are designed for cooling through ducts in the foundation (IC37). Cooling air is fed in at both face ends and the hot air is discharged from the back of the stator; for an IC86W cooling type the hot air is cooled in the motor using an air-water heat exchanger. This effective cooling guarantees a high power density. Further, the optimized air routing ensures a uniform temperature distribution within the winding therefore avoiding hotspots and facilitating a compact design.


  • Transformed from old to new

    By optimizing all of the relevant compo-nents, the outer dimensions are shorter and flatter than for older rolling-mill mo-tors. As a consequence, the performance and/or efficiency of the machine or plant can be increased without any significant retrofit work. If it involves improving the performance of the existing plant as a whole, then our latest generation of rolling-mill motors offer you a favorably-priced solution.

    Replacement made easy

    It goes without saying that the foremost objective is to ensure simple, fast and smooth replacement. This is the reason that we adapt the performance data as well as the interfaces to the driven machine, the foundation and the electric cable, cooling water and bearing oil con-nections to the existing infrastructure. Our current range of rolling-mill motors can even replace motors from other manufacturers. In order to avoid resonant points in operation, when required, our engineering team can perform structural analyses.


  • Competence in numbers

    Especially in the metal processing sector, increasing productivity, higher

    capacities, lower operating costs and less emission are all issues that count. These

    are the factors against which successful solutions are measured. More than 3300

    installed rolling-mill motors make us your competent solution supplier for rolling

    mills. This is also proven by the reference examples shown on the next page.

    All from a single source

    When required, we can also provide you with the complete drive system: Motor and converter - already perfectly harmo-nized and coordinated with one another in our factory. Generally, cycloconverters and PWM converters are used. The medium-voltage converters from the SINAMICS family are the matching system partner for our rolling-mill motors.


  • Customer: Baosteel, Baoshan Iron & Steel Group, Shanghai, China

    Requirement: Heavy plate mill. Oper