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Furnaces, Kiln, Ovens and Dryers

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Outdated practices stymie foundry sector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... 

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
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... 

Trevor Dickinson
Dickinson Group will establish Dickinson Zambia, in the Copperbelt province, by the end of this year
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... 

HySA PROJECT FURNACE The furnace will assist Hydrogen South Africa Systems in locally developing commercial activities in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies
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... 

LOCALLY PRODUCED Dryers for Africa manufactures all its equipment at the company factory, in Mpumalanga
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 FOR AFRICA Van Tuyl Kilns and Furnaces has sold several kilns to the art departments of schools and colleges, in Mozambique and Botswana
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... 

LARGE AND IN CHARGE Upgrading its precast facility has enabled Dickinson Group to manufacture much larger precast components
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... 

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
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,... 

STOPPING SLAG FLOW Tenova Pyromet’s slag valve was installed and commissioned on a 12 MW furnace
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... 

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

READILY AVAILABLE
Cerefco maintains a large inventory of Inductotherm spare parts to assist customers
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... 

KEY EQUIPMENT Metix is replacing Glencore’s C furnace roof and feed chute tips with its forged copper solutions
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. 

KAZCHROME WORKS PROJECT The project, which began in 2011, includes the construction of four 72 MW direct current furnaces for the smelting of ferrochrome
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... 

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