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Furnaces, Kiln, Ovens and Dryers

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... 

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.  

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.  

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.  

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

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.  

Foundry industry explores energy consumption, cost efficiency gains

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th August 2012 Electricity consumption and cost efficiency remain concerns for South African foundries, according to the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif). 

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... 

Smelter engineering firm introduces cogeneration technology

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th August 2012 The energy crunch and high energy prices facing the South African industry has led smelter engineering firm Metix, a subsidiary of German group SMS Siemag, to offer the furnaces industry energy-recovery systems. 

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. 

New refractory grout used in the layering of bricks in refractories

10th August 2012 Construction and concrete technology company Mapei, has added to its product range for various applications in the building and construction industry. The Mapeflex Firestop 1 200 °C is a refractory grout that is highly resistant to flames, high temperatures and fumes. 

Furnace switchgear achieves rated currents of 4 500 A

10th August 2012 Electronics company Siemens reports that its Simetal Sivac-X 4K furnace switchgear has reliably switched a rated current of more than 4 500 A with a single circuit breaker during a successful type test according to IEC 62271. 

Service contract to improve maintenance activities at Namibian smelter

10th August 2012 Power and automation technology group ABB was, last month, awarded a five-year full service contract by exploration and production company Namibia Custom Smelters (NCS) to manage and improve the maintenance activities at its copper smelting and converting plant, in northern Namibia.  

Thermography system to assist in combustion process

10th August 2012 The video-based D-VTA 100-10 thermography system from Durag supplies online information directly from the combustion chamber to assist the operator in adjusting the complete combustion process optimally.  

German company develops new electric arc furnace

10th August 2012 German engineering company SMS Siemag has developed the Arccess steady electric arc furnace (S/EAF), which allows continuous operation for up to one week.  

Refractory company rebuilds furnace for glass producer

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th August 2012 Refractory contracting company Refraline in joint venture with Germany-based glass furnace supplier Sorg Feuerungsbau is rebuilding a glass furnace, capable of producing 490 t/d of glass, for glass manufacturer Consol, in Bellville, Cape Town. 

Company receives acceptance certificate for process model

10th August 2012 US steelmaker Steel Dynamics Incorporated (SDI) of Roanoke, Virginia, has issued the final acceptance certificate for the Simetal Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) Holistic Energy and Transparency Optimising (Heatopt) system installed by electronics company Siemens.  

Flexible monitoring system made available

10th August 2012 The Durag flame monitoring system, locally available from Johannesburg-based OEN Enterprises, is able to monitor flames of all burner types, fuels and combustion modes. 

Steel producer orders two furnaces

10th August 2012 Indonesian steel producer PT Gunung has ordered an Arccess electric arc furnace (EAF) and a ladle furnace from German engineering company SMS Siemag. 

R&D initiative to solve refractory problems

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th August 2012 As better raw materials become available for use in the refractory sector, the need for improved product development continues to grow, says refractory manufacturer Keramicalia MD Dave Onderstall. 

Bag filter to be installed at Hotazel mine sintering plant

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2011 Air pollution control specialist Genair is installing a 180 000 m3/h bag filter system for the sintering plant at a BHP Billiton mine, at Hotazel, in the Northern Cape.  

Solutions reduce energy consumption of smelting process

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2011 The global energy shortage, which is particularly threatening to South Africa, means it is important to apply and operate the most energy-efficient smelter technology, says metallurgical plant and machine construction company SMS Siemag. Over the years, the group has developed several measures... 

Ferrochrome producer on track with furnace roof upgrade

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2011 Ferrochrome (FeCr) producer International Ferro Metals (IFM) reports its production for the third quarter of the 2011 financial year was down 17% compared with the second quarter and the third quarter of the previous financial year, owing to the scheduled shutdown of a furnace for a roof upgrade,... 

Smelting technology makes inroads into Vietnamese steel market

5th August 2011 International furnace company Tenova has secured a contract to supply Vietnamese steelmaker Nghi Son Iron and Steel Corporation (NIS) with an electric arc furnace (EAF) equipped with the Consteel system, capable of producing one-million tons a year of steel.  

Burn-off oven boosts company’s service offering

5th August 2011 Manufacturer and repairer of electric motors and components Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) has commissioned a new burn-off oven at its 9 500 m² facility in Cleveland, Johannesburg. This is one of several significant recent investments, which M&C MD Richard Botton says has established the company as... 

R1.9bn glass factory commissioning on track 

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2011 Glass producer Consol Glass has completed about 85% of the construction and installation work of phase one of its R1.9-billion greenfield glass factory, in Nigel, Gauteng. 

Growth hotting up at Allied Furnace Consultants

By: Janice Healing     5th August 2011 Gauteng-based Allied Furnace Consultants (AFC) is showing steady growth as a result of a robust business model and continuous technological innovation. 

Metix joins SMS Group

5th August 2011 Metix is proud to announce that it has joined SMS Siemag AG as part of the SMS Group. SMS Siemag AG has purchased the majority share in Metix on 22 June 2011. 

Thermography and surveillance system reduces rotary kiln downtime

5th August 2011 Measuring and control technology provider Durag’s D-VTA 100-20 video and thermography system is specially developed for use in rotary kilns to monitor the clinker manufacturing process.  

Semiconductor industry increases orders for oven range

5th August 2011 US-based thermal processing equipment provider Despatch Industries reports an increase in sales of its PN Series nitrogen atmosphere ovens to the semiconductor industry. The customers use the PN Series ovens for several different semiconductor manufacturing, test and assembly applications.  

Furnace contractor completes multitude of projects

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2011 One of Africa’s biggest smelter and mineral processing furnace contractors Dickinson Group has been awarded several furnace projects for pyrometallurgical customers in South Africa this year. One such project involves the installation of refractory material on the side and end walls of the... 

Filtration system aims to 
improve system performance

6th August 2010 Engineering equipment manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) filtration division reports that its reservoir vent filter dryers provide optimum protection against water and particulate ingression into vented fluid systems. 

Local specialist develops new fan motors

6th August 2010 Electromechanical engineering specialist Leroy-Somer South Africa says that it has developed a new range of fan motors specifically designed for wood dryers, which ensure efficient operation, significant energy savings and extended service life. 

New environment 
friendly kiln 

6th August 2010 Electric motor repair company Delba Electrical reports that it has commissioned a new environment-friendly pyrolitic kiln for its main facility, in Nuffield, Springs, to ensure high quality of repair for electric motor rewinding processes and to meet international emission control requirements.


Furnace to undergo refurbishment

6th August 2010 Steelmaker ArcelorMittal Tubarão has commissioned engineering and plant building company Siemens VAI Metal Technologies to renovate blast furnace one, as part of a €10-million modernisation project at its Tubarão works in Brazil. 

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