Corus Optimizes Production in Continuous Casting with Shapeline’s New 3D-Measurement System.

Shapeline, the Swedish maker of online flatness measurement systems for the steel and metal industry, enters a new application area with successful trials at the Corus Direct Sheet Plant in the Netherlands.

Ijmuiden, Netherlands, February 14, 2009 --( At the IJmuiden Direct Sheet Plant, Corus has been measuring the edge profile of the continuous slab at the exit of the caster. The purpose of the measurements is to optimize the settings of the caster to eliminate the risk of break-out from still molten core. After a few months of tests, Corus has now decided to permanently install the equipment.

“The measurement of the slab edge profile is a perfect application for our system,” says Shapeline CEO, Pär Kierkegaard, PhD. ”We are able to cope with the tough environment at the caster and we have long term references to certify our capability in meeting varying customer requirements and the usability of our technology.”

”Working with Shapeline on this project proved to be easy. From what they told us we expected that they could meet our requirements on the measurement. During the test phase of our project they also showed that they could deliver what they promised, also in our environment which is a bit different from where Shapeline systems normally operate,” says the Corus Project Leader Mr. K Schurer.

“The theoretical assumptions about how to improve our production process have been proven by the test, and we are now taking the solution into normal operational procedure.”

Shapeline systems are used all over the world to measure flatness on metal products. From casting to inspection of the final product there are applications where the manufacturers will benefit from the accuracy and experience of the company.

For more information about the product and how it can be used in your production, please do not hesitate to contact Shapeline or the representative on your market.

About Corus
Corus is Europe's second largest steel producer with annual revenues of around £12 billion and a crude steel production of over 20 million tons, primarily in the UK and the Netherlands. Corus is a leading supplier to many of the most demanding markets around the world including construction, automotive, packaging, mechanical and electrical engineering, metal goods, and oil & gas. Corus is a subsidiary of Tata Steel, the world's sixth largest steel producer. With a combined presence in nearly 50 countries, the Tata Steel Group including Corus, Tata Steel Thailand and NatSteel Asia, has approximately 80,000 employees across five continents and a crude steel production capacity of over 28 million tons. Please visit

About Shapeline
The Shapeline solution for measuring the flatness and width of metallic products (plates and strip) is used worldwide. Applications range from continuous casting to final plate and strip products. For more information please visit our new homepage at The Standard & Poor’s Nordic partner gives Shapeline the highest possible AAA credit worthiness.

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