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Furnaces, Kiln, Ovens and Dryers

Peter Barrass, Vereeniging Refractories

23rd May 2003 Copper set to rocket 

SA-made waste-gas burners available soon

4th April 2003 Local furnace company, Safurnco, is soon to supply locally manufactured waste gas burners for sewage works. 

Globalisation prompts probe into cost efficiency

11th October 2002 The increasing globalisation of the local chemical and process industries has prompted companies to look more closely at the cost efficiencies of critical components such as pumps, Steloy Castings of Bronkhorstspruit, Mpumalanga, reports. 

R20m glasswool furnace replacement completed

11th October 2002 Rockwool, fibreglass and glass-reinforcement product manufacturer Owens Corning South Africa (OCSA), of Springs, has successfully completed the decommissioning and rebuilding of its glasswool insulation furnace in a record time of six weeks. 

Ni NiMag group

4th October 2002 Involved in the manufacture of master alloys, ferrosilicon magnesium alloys, stainless steel reinforcing fibres, and chrome metal. 

Heating equipment to save costs in Dubai

By: Helene Le Roux     27th September 2002 Last month, specialist manufacturer of heating systems Hi-Tech Elements of Boksburg supplied cost-saving ladle heating equipment to be used in a metal smelter in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. 

Stainless fibre-forming capability introduced to SA

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd August 2002 Magaliesburg firm Metalloy Fibres began commercial production of 50 mm and 25 mm stainless steel fibres a month ago, having completed the two-month commissioning phase of the casting machine that produces the fibres. 

Furnace company expects record turnover

16th August 2002 One of the country’s oldest surviving furnace companies, Efco Furnaces SA, is expecting a record turnover this year, says MD Dave Terry. 

Outlook is improving for furnace manufacturers

16th August 2002 In contrast with the negative sentiments experienced in the metallurgical industry worldwide over the past few years, the outlook for producers and equipment manufacturers alike seems to be improving. 

Solutions for thermal insulation

16th August 2002 High temperature insulation supplier Safurnco was reportedly the first in Africa to manufacture vacuum-formed ceramic fibre products for temperatures up to 1600 ?C. 

Manufacturer aims to reduce furnace downtime

By: Marius Roodt     16th August 2002 Since the discovery of fire, mankind used heat to adapt the natural environment, and today heating is the starting point of most industrial activity. 

Carbon dioxide emission reduction in pipeline

16th August 2002 Air Products, suppliers of industrial and speciality gasses has awarded Keyplan, engineers and suppliers of separation technology, the contract to upgrade its carbon dioxide (CO2) manufacturing facilities at Iscor Works, Newcastle, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Group in rich contract harvest

By: Marius Roodt     16th August 2002 The Dickinson Group was established in 1910 and has grown to be one of Africa’s largest refractory specialists. 

Acquisition will enable market share growth

By: Marius Roodt     16th August 2002 Fer-Min-Ore, a Gauteng-based company specialising in the beneficiation of minerals, in May acquired the Combustion Group, one of South Africa’s major suppliers of gas and oil combustion equipment. 

Facelift on the cards for steelworks' furnace

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Cape Town Iron and Steel Works’ (Cisco) plans to upgrade the existing 35 t electric arc furnace (EAF). 

Gas burner helps steel mill improve operations

19th July 2002 Since incorporating the BOC Burnjector technology into its operations in August last year, CitiSteel, a carbon plate steel mill based in Delaware, in the north-west of the US, has improved the energy efficiency and productivity of its manufacturing processes. 

R430-million smelter equipment contract is awarded

By: Zonika Botha     28th June 2002 The largest manufacturer of machinery and equipment for primary aluminium smelters in the world, ECL of France, has been awarded a R430-million contract to supply 144 equipped superstructures, four pot-tending machines, two anode jacking frames, four raising runway beams and a furnace-tending... 

Key acquisition marks 10 years of business success

By: Marius Roodt     31st May 2002 An East Rand company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its founding by acquiring a complementary business that will immediately increase its yearly sales turnover by more than a third. 

R340m to be pumped into cement producer over next three years

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 Major cement manufacturer, Alpha Limited is to invest R340-million over a period of three years in efficiency and environmentally-focused capital projects. 

Foundry with rare flair wins world recognition

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2002 Thos Begbie is a company with rare expertise. The historic South African foundry, which turns 115 years old this year, is one of only two in the world – the other being in the US – that has the ability to produce high-tonnage copper castings, while still retaining optimum levels of... 

Smelter's carbon consumption meted

1st March 2002 An upgrade of Bayside Aluminium's power and free (P&F) overhead-chain conveying system by Swisslog Trans-Tele is expected to significantly improve the aluminium company’s ability to forecast carbon consumption during the aluminium production process. 

East Rand furnace maker wins a big Canadian order

23rd November 2001 Alberton company Efco Furnaces, which supplies standard electric and gas-fired heat treatment furnaces, has won a R12-million Canadian order for mesh belt conveyor furnaces in spite of stiff international competition. 

Firm's project list grows

28th September 2001 A 22-m-long 1,5m wide mesh belt furnace for a large South African synthetic demand manufacturer has been installed and commissioned by Thermopower Furnaces. 

Russian furnace equipment

By: Keith Campbell     10th August 2001 MOSCOW-based enterprise ANH Engineering, which specialises in developing new technologies for metallurgical furnaces, is seeking to market its products in South Africa. 

Post-taphole expertise solidified

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Local project specialists Bateman Iron and Steel Technologies, Bateman Titaco and State-owned research organisation Mintek have joined their expertise in the post-taphole sector to form a new partnership, called Post Taphole Services. 

48 furnace orders for alliance

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Foundries, forges & die-casting 

Finn advances in furnace technology

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Developments to Watch 

Latest Mozal contracts secured

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Turnkey refractory specialist the Dickinson group, of Vereeniging, Gauteng, has been awarded the cathode-sealing and potlining contracts for the Mozal aluminium smelter at Maputo in Mozambique. The former is for 5 820 graphite cathodes, and the latter for 291 AP 30 pots. Through its Kwazulu-Natal... 

Extrusion technology for new millennium

By: System Author     25th June 1999 What’s next in aluminium extrusion technology for the new millennium will be unveiled at the seventh yearly Aluminium Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exposition, ET 2000, to be held in Chicago in the US from May 16 to 19, 2000. The event – which is the longest-running event dealing... 

Joint agreement to market furnaces

By: System Author     25th June 1999 An agreement to market oxy-fuel-fired tilting rotary furnaces to aluminium and other non-ferrous melting and processing customers worldwide has been signed by Air Products & Chemicals (APCI) and Altek International. Under the agreement, Air Products’ proprietary oxy-fuel combustion controls... 

Metal industry furnaces

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Increased output, reduced energy costs, better product quality and improved safety are among the important benefits for customers from the furnaces developed by Carbolite for the metals industry, reports South African agent Labotec. Applications cover a process range from heavy forgings to the... 

US foundry in big equipment order

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE foundry division of John Deere of the US, a leading manufacturer of farming machinery, has ordered equipment from Inductotherm for what has been billed as the largest solid-state, medium-frequency induction melting installation in the world. The local representative for Inductotherm is Efco... 

R1-million Mozal contract

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A R1-MILLION contract for the cathode sealing furnaces and associated equipment at Mozal has been awarded to Cementation group company Efco Furnaces. The contract includes two 600 kW Inductotherm Powertrak VIP power units, each with a 500 kg furnace body, charge dryer and ladle preheater. The... 

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