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Furnaces, Kiln, Ovens and Dryers

Gas turbine technology for proposed steel mill project

6th August 2010 International power generation company General Electric (GE) Energy’s power and water division plans to supply a gas turbine for a proposed steel mill project, which is being developed by industrial gases company Air Products, in Middletown, Ohio, US, to demonstrate that waste gases can be used... 

Institute aims to bridge the skills gap

By: Karishma Thakurdin     6th August 2010 The South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) is involved in a variety of initiatives to tackle the need for skills development and education in the foundry industry. 

Furnace technology used in national and 
international projects

By: Karishma Thakurdin     6th August 2010 Smelter design and construction company Metix reports that its furnace technologies for ferroalloy smelter furnaces is being used in some of the largest furnaces in the world. 

Novel technology 
for smelter furnace

By: Karishma Thakurdin     6th August 2010 Engineering project house Bateman Engineering reports that it is currently constructing a 12 MW smelter furnace, using its composite furnace module (CFM) technology, for Russian nickel company Yunk. 

Steel giant aims to reduce carbon footprint

By: Karishma Thakurdin     6th August 2010 Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) tells Engineering News that the company has invested more than R-billion on environment-friendly projects to reduce its carbon footprint and ensure that it contributes to global efforts to tackle climate change and other environmental concerns. 

First commercial ConRoast DC furnace by early 2011

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th August 2010 Jubilee CEO Colin Bird said that it had appointed Environmental & Process Solutions to undertake an engineering and design study (EDS), to fast track the commissioning of a 5 MVA-ConRoast DC arc furnace.

 

Newly developed moving platform for infrared sensors

By: Carla Thomaz     7th August 2009 Specialist manufacturer of noncontact infrared temperature monitoring equipment, Raytek & Ircon have, has recently developed a moving platform that allows for the scanning of stationary plants with the same outcome of producing thermal images with alarm sectors and historical comparison... 

New turbine mixer for local market

7th August 2009 Concrete block, brick and paving machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers has launched a 100-l turbine mixer that is specifically designed for refractory site work. 

New infrared camera launched

By: Carla Thomaz     7th August 2009 Global manufacturer of thermal imaging infrared cameras, FLIR Systems, has launched its second-generation line of GF-Series infrared cameras for furnace inspection. 

Tests on furnace explosion-averting gas analyser 
under way

By: Carla Thomaz     7th August 2009 Electronics and electrical engineering group Siemens will install a LDS6 gas analyser, on a trial basis, at petrochemicals company Sasol. This installation aims to expose the local market to the benefits of the gas analyser. 

Casting specialist 
enjoys manufacturing 
opportunities in Africa

By: Carla Thomaz     7th August 2009 Despite the ongoing global recession significantly impacting on the foundry industry, engineering works and casting specialist KEW Foundries continues to manufacture some of the largest slag pots and chill moulds in Africa. 

Oxyfuel process to be introduced to local aluminium industry

By: Carla Thomaz     7th August 2009 Gas and welding company Afrox is consulting several key players in the South African aluminium industry to introduce an optimised oxyfuel melting process developed by its German parent company, The Linde Group. The process is suited to furnaces which use gaseous fuels.
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Reducing power costs critical in tough economic times

By: Carla Thomaz     7th August 2009 With the current financial crisis negatively impacting on the foundry industry, reducing power costs without having to sacrifice profitable production has become critical to many companies, says induction melting systems distributor Inductotherm. 

Local heavy lifting firm completes kiln project

By: Carla Thomaz     7th August 2009 Specialised heavy lifting and plant relocation company Vanguard recently completed a project for logistics firm BDS Logistics, which involved the transportation of a new 135 t, 30 m long kiln to a chrome smelter in Lydenburg, in Mpumalanga province. 

Industry in crisis as local foundry industry takes strain

By: Carla Thomaz     7th August 2009 With the foundry industry taking strain from the global economic crisis, the furnaces industry is facing a bleak prospect, says the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) 

Thermal processing 
manufacturer branches 
into waste-to-energy 
conversion

By: Carla Thomaz     7th August 2009 Designer and fabricator of kilns, furnaces, ovens and thermal systems Prestige Thermal Equipment (PTE) has secured a number of multimillion-pound contracts with some of the leading waste disposal companies in Europe, as the company diversifies from the ailing local furnace industry. 

Local company leads the way in waste-to-energy conversion

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2008 South African industrial heating specialist Prestige Thermal completed the local installation of the largest pyrolysis waste-to-energy plant in the world last month. 

Smelting technology developer grows global footprint

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2008 South African smelting technology developer Tenova Pyromet is increasing its presence around the globe through a growing number of large projects and the continual development and improvement of its technologies. 

Internationally used refractory material finds local application

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2008 Refractory engineering company Refraline has completed the installation of ceramite cyclones on all the furnaces at diversified miner Xstrata’s chrome Wonderkop plant in Rustenburg. 

Cape company supplies equipment into Austrian mill

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2008 Diverse engineering company Petrel Engineering, of Cape Town, has recently supplied the latest model of its refractory relining machines for electric arc furnaces to an Austrian steel mill. 

Chinese smelting plant a stepping stone to regional projects

8th August 2008 Industrial engineering company Bateman Engineering's first major project in China involves the design and construction of a high-grade titanium dioxide slag smelting plant. The project is being completed together with the Chinese engineering company Kunming Design Institute (KDI), for... 

Quality demand drives heat treatment methodologies

8th August 2008 The use of nitrogen-based furnace atmospheres for heat treatment has gained new impetus on the back of a demand for higher-quality steel components manufactured for export. 

Equipment provider installs furnace pressure rings

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2008 Smelter technology equipment provider Metix installed two new sets of pressure rings this year in two 63-MVA closed submerged arc furnaces for diversified miner Xstrata's Lion Ferrochrome plant earlier this year. The first ring was installed in February and the second in April. 

Furnace reline completed ahead of expansion plans

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2008 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa announced in July that the reline of its Newcastle Works blast furnace and sinter plant has been completed ahead of plan and within budget. 

Ferrochrome producer undergoes management changes

8th August 2008 Integrated ferrochrome producer International Ferro Metals (IFL) announced in July that COO Ronnie Barnard had resigned from his position and from the company’s board of directors to pursue other interests. 

Costs rise for ferrochrome expansion project

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2008 Ferrochrome producer International Ferro Metals (IFM) has increased its cost estimate for the expansion of processing facilities at its Buffelsfontein ferrochrome mine and smelting plant to R4,15-billion, from the original cost estimate of R3,2-billion.  

Commodities success grows skills dearth

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th August 2007 The current skills shortage in the engineering industry, in South Africa and internationally, is a source of concern for engineering company Bateman Engineering says pyrometallurgical business development manager George Farmer. 

Automated dryer system practical for the South African market

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th August 2007 Importer and distributor of compressed air treatment products Artic Driers has developed an automated dryer system that is practical for the South African market, says Artic Driers MD Allen Cockfield. 

Diversification desire leads manufacturer to industrial sector

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th August 2007 Wire conveyor belt manufacturer Meshcape Industries is focusing its attention on the industrial sector to diversify the company's capabilities, reports Meshcape's sales manager Ross Dott. 

Refractory installation company takes active steps against skills 

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th August 2007 Refractory installation company, Refraline, is taking an active step in reducing the current shortage of skilled labour that is present in the industry. 

Additional plant upgrade for Belville glass plant

10th August 2007 Glass bottle and container manufacturer Consol Glass has further upgraded its Bellville plant in the Western Cape with the purchase of two additional F 600 water-cooled air dryers. 

Local company to design, manufacture new refractory relining

10th August 2007 Refractory company, Petrol Engineering, has developed and manufactured sophisticated refractory relining machines, or terminators, for RHI Technologies, an international company which supplies refractory material for the steel producing industry. 

Manufacturer launches high-temperature conveyor oven

10th August 2007 Industrial furnace and oven manufacturer, the Grieve Corporation, has recently released a gas-fired, vertical conveyor oven that is able to achieve temperatures of 232˚ C. 

Dryer company launches new miniature air dryers

10th August 2007 Artic Driers of Johannesburg has reached a new agreement with Twin Tower Engineering of the US to market a range of miniature air dryers in the South African market place. 

Refractory company expands Eastern Cape plant

10th August 2007 Refractory foundry company, Ozz Foundries, has expanded the capacity at its Dimbaza plant, outside King William's Town in the Eastern Cape. This has been achieved by the addition of a second ten-ton electric arc furnace and expansion of their heat-treatment facilities. 

Cape Cod's first wood fired pottery kiln under construction

10th August 2007 At meetings in December 2006 and January 2007, the governing boards of the Highlands Center (HC) and the Truro Centre for the Arts at Castle Hill agreed to work together to complete planning and construction of Cape Cod�s first wood-fired pottery kiln and kiln building at the Highlands Center. 

Components manufacturers feel steel-price pinch

10th August 2007 Local components manufacturers are struggling to compete against foreign suppliers in the wake of persistent steel-price hikes. Customs component supply company Feat Manufacturing South Africa cofounder Stephen Lewis says that a continuous rise in steel prices leads to clients looking at imported... 

New Website offers solar-drying information

10th August 2007 Environmental company, Enviro Forest Solutions, announced the launch of its new website to provide information to people who are interested in environmentally friendly timber processes for delivering sustainable, technically superior and innovative timber products. 

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