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Furnaces, Kiln, Ovens and Dryers

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... 

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
Photo by Bloomberg
BLAST FURNACES A major environmental project was completed to install a dust-collecting system that improves working conditions for the blast furnace workers

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

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... 

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... 

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

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... 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Gas chromatograph with new operator panel, additional oven version

     9th August 2013 A new modular oven and operator panel with a colour display is being offered by global technology group Siemens’ Industry Automation Division for its Maxum Edition II gas chromatograph, used to separate and analyse gas by chromatography.  

Hand dryer receives industry first carbon reduction label

     9th August 2013 British technology company Dyson says its patented Airblade hand dryer is the first hand dryer to earn the Carbon Reduction Label from nonprofit organisation Carbon Trust.  

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 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.  

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.  

Pulp-drying machine with energy-saving dryer section

     9th August 2013 Voith Paper a division German engineering company Voith of has announced that it now offers complete pulp-drying machines, from headbox to the cross cutter and bale packing, with new vertical arrangement of the rolls in the dryer section.  

Smelting project leads to shift in company directors

By: Sashnee Moodley     9th August 2013 Smelter engineering firm Metix, a subsidiary of German group SMS Siemag, is undertaking the Sakura smelting project in Sarawak, Malaysia, which has resulted in a reshuffle of its upper ranks. 

Smelting project leads to shift in company directors
KAZCHROME WORKS PROJECT The project, which began in 2011, includes the construction of four 72 MW direct current furnaces for the smelting of ferrochrome

Air auditing reduces compressed-air costs

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th August 2012 Air compressor company Artic Driers' Air Audit Division, which was established four years ago, monitors the power consumption, air flow, temperature, velocity and pressure dew point of compressed-air dryers and air systems. “State-owned power utility Eskom is spending a lot of money on building... 

Company finds ways to decrease costs using oxygen enrichment

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th August 2012 Reusing waste-fuel gases to generate energy not only provides a viable alternative power source but also an opportunity to reduce air pollution, states industrial and specialty gas company Air Products. 

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