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Furnaces, Kiln, Ovens and Dryers

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. 

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.

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 

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. 

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