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Furnaces, Kiln, Ovens and Dryers

Company providing a package for complete heat containment

     11th August 2017 Johannesburg-based incineration technology company Saubatech (formerly a division of Safurnco) is now offering a total heat containment package. Saubatech’s total heat containment package starts with the heat transfer service. Saubatech enlightens that a common problem is where companies put too... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven

     11th August 2017 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions has shipped two Gruenberg dryers to a prominent diesel engine manufacturer. The drying ovens – whose shipment was announced in March – will be used to dry diesel particulate filters after they are washed during the... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven
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FUELLING INDUSTRIES Two Gruenberg drying ovens will be used by a prominent diesel engine manufacturer to dry diesel particulate filters

Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are feeling the heat

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are taking strain, as with many other industries, owing to financial difficulties amid the current economic climate, says furnaces and kilns manufacturer Van Tuyls director and owner Richard McCullough. McCullough indicates that the number of manufacturers in the... 

Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are feeling the heat
UNDER PRESSURE Manufacturers of furnaces and kilns are are changing their products and diversifying into new markets both locally and internationally

Merger completed in thermal application sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Export-oriented engineering company Loesche Group has completed the merger of its combustion systems and drying systems businesses into one central location. Completed in April, the group has built a team of specialists to manage the merger accordingly, as all technical details, drawings,... 

Merger completed in thermal application sector
BRINGING THE HEAT The new subsidiary will allow for consultation on and engineering of thermal application systems to client requirements

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof

     11th August 2017 Swedish steel producer Ovako has awarded technology provider Systems Spray-Cooled with a contract to modernise and increase safety on its electric arc furnace (EAF) with the first Spray-Cooled roof in the Nordic region, located at its bar, billet, tube and rings facility in Hofors, Sweden. After... 

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof
NEW SYSTEM Electric arc furnace with spray-cooled equipment in the charging phase

TITAN vacuum furnace purchased to support aerospace industry

     11th August 2017 With a focus on pursuing additional market sectors, such as the aerospace industry, last month, heat-treating company Diamond Heat Treat purchased a TITAN H6 vacuum furnace with six-bar gas quenching to expand its capabilities. The TITAN H6 vacuum furnace is one of industrial vacuum and... 

TITAN vacuum furnace purchased to support aerospace industry
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PURSUING INDUSTRIES Diamond Heat Treat will use the TITAN vacuum furnace to pursue the aerospace industry

Company supplies single chamber melting, casting furnace

     5th August 2016 Mechanical engineering company Hertwich Engineering will supply a melting and casting furnace with a capacity of 55 000 t of aluminium a year, as well as a charging machine, to Austrian aluminium product supplier AMAG. Commissioning of the new furnace is scheduled for mid-2017. The move to... 

Company supplies single chamber melting, casting furnace
DUAL FURNACE The new aluminum melting and casting furnace will have a capacity of 55 000 t a year

Automated pharmaceutical dryer improves productivity

     5th August 2016 Thermal processing equipment manufacturer Thermal Product Solutions (TPS) last month announced the shipment of a custom built automated Gruenberg Class A pharmaceutical dryer, designed to meet specifications for an emerging pharmaceutical manufacturing technology.  The dryer was designed to... 

Automated  pharmaceutical dryer improves productivity
GRUENBERG CLASS A PHARMACEUTICAL DRYER It increases production rate by automating the batch process

On-line reconditioning service reduces downtime

     5th August 2016 Furnace and industrial service provider Dickinson Group offers an on-line tyre and trunnion roller surface reconditioning service, which enables worn or damaged running faces of tyres and rollers to be machined while the vessel is in operation, thereby reducing downtime. The company explains that... 

On-line reconditioning service reduces downtime
EFFICIENT OPERATION Dickinson's on-line reconditioning service eliminates inherent costs of downtime and consequential loss of production

Lubrication suited for cement kilns

     5th August 2016 Total performance lubricant manufacturer Bel-Ray provides ‘superior’ lubrication for Type 2 open gear systems used in industrial equipment such as cement kilns, mills and driers. The Clear Gear Lubricant with its high viscosity is proven to reduce consumption, vibration and the temperature of... 

Heat treatment division expands company portfolio

     5th August 2016 Germany-based industrial furnaces manufacturer StrikoWestofen Group announced last month that it is now able to offer its customers systems and product carriers for the heat treatment of cast aluminium parts. This is owing to StrikoWestofen’s takeover of employees from German engineering company... 

Power supply for furnaces optimised

     5th August 2016 Induction equipment manufacturer Inductotherm successfully commissioned four 22 000 kW power supplies connected to 50 t furnace systems, and a fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) coating plant for rebar, at steel products producer BSRM Group, in Bangladesh. “We work with many steel mills around the world... 

Blast furnaces set new records

     5th August 2016 Russia-based steel producer and metals company OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works’ (MMK’s) largest blast furnaces set new records for monthly volumes of pig iron. The company’s blast furnace no. 9 produced 157 490 t of pig iron in April, beating its previous monthly record of 153 526 t, set... 

Blast furnaces set new records
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BLAST FURNACES A major environmental project was completed to install a dust-collecting system that improves working conditions for the blast furnace workers

Solar dryer in final testing stages

By: Dylan Stewart     7th August 2015 Nelspruit-based agricultural processing equipment manufacturer Dryers for Africa is in the final stages of testing its SD300 solar dryer at an environment control solutions company, in the Western Cape, says GM Catherine de Villiers-Burgers. 

Brick company aiming to expand kiln capacity

By: Dylan Stewart     7th August 2015 Owing to the current healthy market, the expected growth in local demand for face bricks and the subsequent opportunity to increase the company’s market share in the sector, clay brick producer Rosema is aiming to expand its kiln capacity, says Rosema factory manager Chris Clarke. 

Furnace vacuum installer observes wet-to-dry trend

By: Dylan Stewart     7th August 2015 Vacuum furnaces are increasingly being upgraded to use dry pumps, says vacuum solutions provider Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum senior process industries marketing manager Uwe Zöllig. 

Custom granulation dryer designed for pharmaceuticals industry

     7th August 2015 Industrial oven, furnace, and environmental temperature cycling and stability test chamber designer and manufacturer Thermal Product Solutions (TPS), announced last month that it had designed a custom industrial oven that serves as a granulation dryer for a leading pharmaceuticals manufacturer. 

Record number of exhibitors attend metals trade fair

     7th August 2015 A record 2 200 companies, taking up almost 87 000 m2 of stand space, attended this year’s Bright World of Metals conference, which took place in Düsseldorf, Germany from June 16 to June 20. 

Steel company’s walking beam furnace modernised

     7th August 2015 Italian metallurgical process plant and mechanical construction company SMS Meer was contracted in February by Spanish steel producer ArcelorMittal Asturias to revamp the 150 t/h walking beam furnace, which feeds the steel company’s wire-rod mill. 

New series of dosing furnaces unveiled

     7th August 2015 Thermal process technology manufacturer StrikoWestofen Group in June released a completely redesigned series of dosing furnaces at the International Foundry Trade Fair (Gifa) 2015 in Dusseldorf, Germany. 

Next-gen oxidation oven lowers carbon fibre costs

     7th August 2015 New technology from thermal processing engineering firm Despatch offers the end-user a viable and readily available product that could meaningfully lower the cost of producing carbon fibre. 

New ash-fusibility furnace locally available

     7th August 2015 High-temperature furnaces manufacturer Carbolite in June unveiled its new Carbolite CAF G5 ash-fusibility furnace, which is now locally available through laboratory equipment and analytical instruments supplier Labotec, Carbolite’s South African agent.  

Ionic coolant sales gain momentum

By: Dylan Stewart     7th August 2015 One year after introducing the specially developed ionic coolant into the global pyrometallurgical market, foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is seeing a marked increase in interest and confidence in the product, says Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer. 

Andalusite producers to challenge merger prohibition

By: Dylan Stewart     7th August 2015 Andalusite producers Andalusite Resources and Imerys South Africa have requested that the Competition Tribunal consider the proposed merger between the two companies. The request for consideration will be heard in October and follows the Competition Commission’s decision to prohibit the two... 

Outdated practices stymie foundry sector

By: Ilan Solomons     8th August 2014 Many local foundry operations are lagging behind their Asian, US and European counterparts, owing to a lack of investment in new technologies and operational practices, which foundry industry representative body the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) CEO John Davies attributes to the... 

Outdated practices stymie foundry sector
FALLING BEHIND Several local foundries are still using mains-frequency furnaces, which use 50% more electricity per kilowatt hour per ton than the modern furnaces

Company expands African operations

By: Ilan Solomons     8th August 2014 Local projects constitute about 70% of local furnace and industrial services company Dickinson Group’s yearly revenue, but the company aims to increase its stake in the African market by establishing new and strengthening existing subsidiaries on the continent. Dickinson Group CEO Trevor... 

Company expands African operations
Photo by Duane Daws
Trevor Dickinson Dickinson Group will establish Dickinson Zambia, in the Copperbelt province, by the end of this year

Company assists in platinum beneficiation research programme

By: Ilan Solomons     8th August 2014 The Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems Integration & Technology Validation Competence Centre, at the University of the Western Cape, in Cape Town, installed induction heating solutions company Hot Platinum's (HPT's) high-temperature vacuum furnace for a project funded by Department of Science... 

Company assists in platinum beneficiation research programme
HySA PROJECT FURNACE The furnace will assist Hydrogen South Africa Systems in locally developing commercial activities in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

Agri-dryer reduces food wastage in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     8th August 2014 There is a significant drive throughout Africa to combat food shortages by reducing raw-product wastage, and agri-dryer technology is being used to tackle this issue by extending the shelf life of food stuffs, thereby allowing for longer marketing timelines and increasing the value of previously... 

Agri-dryer reduces food wastage in Africa
LOCALLY PRODUCED Dryers for Africa manufactures all its equipment at the company factory, in Mpumalanga

Kilns firing for export market 

By: Ilan Solomons     8th August 2014 Local electric kiln and furnace manufacturer Van Tuyl Kilns and Furnaces is increasingly catering for the export market, with the company having supplied several electrical kilns to East African countries, such as Kenya and Uganda, in the last six months. “The kilns will be specifically used for... 

Kilns firing for  export market
Van Tuyl Kilns & Furnaces MD Ian McCullough discusses the changing nature of the local kilns and furnaces industry.

R8m invested in precast division  

By: Ilan Solomons     8th August 2014 Local furnace and industrial services company Dickinson Group retrofitted a 30 t brick-lined iron ladle with a modular precast refractory lined ladle in July for heavy minerals miner Tronox Namakwa Sands’ mineral sands openpit mine and concentration plants in Brand-se-Baai, 385 km north of Cape... 

R8m invested in  precast division
Dickinson Group CEO Trevor Dickinson discusses the upgrading of the company's precast division.

Compression technology reduces production costs

     8th August 2014 Gas manufacturer and supplier Air Products South Africa recently designed and implemented a new way of mixing gases, using thermo-compressor technology. As part of ongoing trials, it successfully commissioned a system at ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) Newcastle plant, in KwaZulu-Natal. Air... 

Compression technology  reduces production costs
THERMO-COMPRESSOR TECHNOLOGY Instead of the traditional method of using a booster compressor powered by electricity, Air Products South Africa designed a gas thermo-compressor

Furnace and smelting plant specialist highlights innovations

By: Ilan Solomons     8th August 2014 High-capacity furnace and smelting plant specialist Tenova Pyromet presented two developments to improve slag tapping at the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Furnace Tapping conference in May. At the conference, which took place at the Misty Hills Country hotel, in Muldersdrift,... 

Furnace and smelting plant specialist highlights innovations
STOPPING SLAG FLOW Tenova Pyromet’s slag valve was installed and commissioned on a 12 MW furnace

Rotary kilns use and selection highlighted

By: Ilan Solomons     8th August 2014 Original-equipment manufacturer of thermal processing, agglomeration and materials handling equipment Feeco International is providing a range of process technology, including thermal processing systems, for several African countries. Feeco has recently supplied equipment, including rotary... 

Rotary kilns use and selection highlighted
MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS Rotary kilns are used for a range of applications, including waste lime recovery and proppant manufacture

Sales of product range remain solid

By: Ilan Solomons     8th August 2014 Despite the current challenging economic climate, sales figures for local induction melting systems supplier Cerefco’s range of Inductotherm products have remained positive for more than thirty years Cerefco MD Scott Melville, tells Engineering News. He attributes this achievement to the quality... 

Sales of product range  remain solid
READILY AVAILABLE Cerefco maintains a large inventory of Inductotherm spare parts to assist customers

Furnace projects fire up from SA to Malaysia

By: Ilan Solomons     8th August 2014 Smelter engineering firm Metix, a subsidiary of German privately owned SMS Group, has commissioned the second set of furnace electrodes at the Lion ferrochrome complex Phase 2 (Lion II) expansion project, in Steelpoort, Limpopo, which is owned by the diversified mining major Glencore and... 

Furnace projects fire up from SA to Malaysia
KEY EQUIPMENT Metix is replacing Glencore’s C furnace roof and feed chute tips with its forged copper solutions

New environment-friendly smelting technology aims to enter platinum industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     9th August 2013 To satisfy the need for more environment-friendly smelting technology in the platinum industry, minerals and metallurgical specialist Mintek developed and piloted, amongst others, the ConRoast process, which it hopes to commercialise in the next few years.  

Hot-gas cleaning technology enters local market

By: Sashnee Moodley     9th August 2013 International designer and supplier of high capacity furnaces and complete smelting plants, Tenova Pyromet has patented a new technology for the high temperature cleaning of furnace offgas generated in a closed ferroalloy smelting process. 

New tools reduce lead time on standard production ovens

     9th August 2013 US-based thermal processing equipment provider Despatch Industries has implemented new manufacturing processes that have reduced lead-times on standard production ovens by 50% or more.  

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