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Prevas receives new order from SSAB

PRESS RELEASE

2010-05-31
Prevas has received an order from SSAB in Borlänge. The order relates to the upgrading of the system for the control and optimization of furnaces. The order is worth 6 million SEK and is estimated to be ready for delivery during early summer 2011.  
 
SSAB is a global leader in value added high strength steel. SSAB is currently experiencing an increase in the demand for thin plate and, as a result, is investing more in streamlining and optimizing its production. Prevas´ FOCS (Furnace Optimization Control System) product will replace the existing furnace control system. The new furnace control system is PC-based and incorporates enhanced functionality, such as two-dimensional temperature estimation.

“We see the potential for improvement with the forthcoming upgrading of the system, ensuring better quality results and reduced energy costs in the facility and, thereby, a positive environmental effect as well," says Christian Hägglöf, project leader at SSAB.

Producing steel products is very energy demanding. The material is heated and cooled several times in order to achieve the desired qualities. An efficient way of controlling the furnaces is required in order to optimize productivity, quality and energy consumption. Prevas has developed the software FOCS-RF, which performs this process of optimization, together with the trade associations Jernkontoret (Swedish Steel Producers´ Association) and Metallurgical Research Institute AB (Swerea Mefos, of which Prevas is also a member). An automatic control system that leads the way on the furnace control market.
 
“We´re very happy to have received this order, which is also proof that our strategic investment in the FOCS product is spot on. Prevas´ own experience in combination with its fruitful cooperation with research environments makes it possible to develop products and systems that fully meet the requirements set by our customers," says Christer Ramebäck, Business Area Manager for Industrial Systems at Prevas.
 
“The environmental potential of the FOCS product is huge, even if it is the economical factor that attracts the attention more. The system can immediately reduce energy consumption by 5 to 20 percent, at the same time that quality is improved and productivity increases," continues Christer Ramebäck.
 
Environmental thinking is one of the dominant trends in Prevas´ work. During its 25-year history, Prevas has provided its customers with know-how and competence and has often had a finger in the pie when it comes to saving energy. It is active in everything from crane control in refuse incineration plants, furnace control in rolling mills and reports on emissions to the design of future electronics.

For more information:

Christer Ramebäck, Business Area Manager for Industrial Systems, Prevas AB                              
Phone: +46 (0)31 725 18 88, Cell: +46 (0)70-227 33 95, E-mail: christer.rameback@prevas.se
 
Mats Lundberg, CEO Prevas AB
Phone: +46 (0)8 726 40 02, Cell: +46 (0)733 37 75 40, E-mail: mats.lundberg@prevas.se

About Prevas
Prevas is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and is currently the Nordic leader for integrated systems and industrial IT. We are the main supplier and innovative development partner to the leading companies in industries such as life science, telecommunications, vehicle, defense, energy and engineering. Prevas' foundation is based on developing intelligence in products and industrial systems for world-leading companies. Prevas´ solutions are renowned for innovation, quality assurance and reliable delivery. Offices are located in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, The United Arab Emirates and India. The company has approximately 500 employees. Prevas has been listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm since 1998. For more information, please visit www.prevas.se.
 
About SSAB
SSAB is a global leader in value added high strength steel. SSAB offers products developed in close cooperation with its customers to reach a stronger, lighter and more sustainable world. SSAB employs 8,700 people in over 45 countries around the world and operates production facilities in Sweden and the US. SSAB is listed on NASDAQ OMX Nordic, Stockholm. For more information, please visit www.ssab.com.   

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