In Shreveport, Louisiana, on 150.000m², a production facility for seamless, hot-rolled tubes with several finishing lines and an estimated production capacity of around 300.000 tons of steel tubes is currently under construction. For the second construction phase of the 975 million dollar project, the completion of a melt shop is planned, which will employ 675 people. The principal for this project is Benteler GmbH, who has successfully partnered with Institut Dr. Foerster GmbH & Co. KG for their testing equipment in the past. As a result, the German producer of systems for non-destructive testing of products from the metal producing and metalworking industry was chosen for this project and has received one of the biggest orders in its 65 year corporate history. “Since we have already delivered testing units for Benteler in Germany and have enjoyed a successful partnership throughout these projects, the company again wanted to fall back on proven solutions for this major project” says Dr. Rainer Sailer, Head of Sales and Marketing of the division test systems at Foerster. In order to be able to guarantee highest quality standards for steel tubes, which Benteler will be producing in America for the first time, the company ordered the high-end technology for the testing of hot-rolled tubes from the southern German producer of non-destructive testing systems for semi-finished products. Not only does Foerster provide the extensive technology, including a CIRCOSON WT, it will also provide the entire mechanics with tables and drivers, including automation. Furthermore, Foerster will perform the software integration of all test instruments into the Benteler finishing lines. In Shreveport, Benteler will produce tube solutions for energy generation, oil and gas production, as well as for the chemical and petrochemical industry. In these fields, impeccable material properties need to be guaranteed under norms such as API and ASTM. “With the help of our instruments, multi test lines for non-destructive testing of hot-rolled tubes in the finishing lines are being formed. They will ensure that wall thickness, as well as outer diameter of the tubes will accurately meet all requirements and eventual surface defects will be traced reliably” reports Dr. Sailer. The units will be delivered in 2015.