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Furnaces, Kiln, Ovens and Dryers

Projects galore for refractory specialist

By: sarah-leigh paul     12th August 2005 Established in 1981, Johannesburg-based Refraline now operates in markets as far afield as Ethiopia, the Middle East, Australia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

Oven-feed modifications increase steel output

15th July 2005 Extensive modifications to the oven feeds at the Saldanha Steel plant by Weba Chute Systems have contributed to a 20% increase in production in recent months, positioning the steel manufacturer as one of Mittal Steel’s most profitable sectors. 

Fan motors ideal for timber dryers

11th March 2005 Leroy-Somer fan motors, which are designed specifically for timber dryers, provide efficient service and extended life in difficult operating conditions. 

Enviro laws add to smelter-ech industry's challenges

By: renay de     11th February 2005 Johannesburg-based smelting technology and equipment specialist Pyromet Technologies is a world leader in the design and construction of ferroalloy furnaces. 

Firm looks back at twenty years of immense success

By: renay de     11th February 2005 Pyromet celebrated its 20th birthday in December last year. On the eve of this important occasion, which will be celebrated by the company in February, Pyromet founder and chairperson David Pheiffer looks back over the important milestones that the company has reached and tells Engineering News... 

Furnace maker broadens its focus to embrace smaller projects

By: renay de     11th February 2005 Pyromet Technologies is currently celebrating its 20th birthday. In line with this occasion, Pyromet Technologies CEO David Kovarsky tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview that Pyromet, which is the leader in the field of submerged arc furnaces, is in a strong position in the South... 

Cooling-tower maker's 'local is lekker' input-material stance

By: renay de     11th February 2005 Cooling equipment company Evapco supplies Pyromet Technologies mainly with closed-circuit cooling towers for the cooling of the furnaces that Pyromet designs and builds. 

High-tech firms' longstanding relationship

11th February 2005 Johannesburg-based LV switchgear systems company RBF Technology has had a long and mutually rewarding relationship with Pyromet. A typical example of the close working relationship between the two companies can be found in the ASA Metals works in Steelpoort, Limpopo. 

Innovative solutions for smelter pollution control

11th February 2005 Public awareness of pollution issues and the rights of all to a clean environment have increased in recent times. 

Granulation plant a first of its kind for South Africa

11th February 2005 Aside from furnaces, one of the important success stories over the past few years has been the successful commissioning by Pyromet Technologies of the country’s first pig-iron granulation plant at Saldanha Steel’s west coast flat-sheet products factory. 

DC-furnace technology is gaining new acceptance

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 The possibility of a new R3,5-billion ferronickel smelter at the Coega industrial development zone has been driven by the increasing demand of stainless steel, especially from China. 

Refinery in six-week maintenance shutdown

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 A six-week maintenance shutdown from October 14, following 20 months of forward planning, is being under taken by Sapref. 

Multimillion-rand furnace contract awarded

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 At the beginning of September Alberton- based Efco Furnaces received a multi- million-rand contract from Murray & Roberts Foundries for a solution and ageing facility. 

Aluminium production increases in Russia

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Rising demand for aluminium worldwide is prompting the Russian aluminium industry to increase its production. 

R3m ferrochrome contract expected in August

By: lauren rota     13th August 2004 Due to the increased chrome, stable steel and all ferrous and non-ferrous metal prices, a local furnace drilling-and-tapping-equipment supplier has received orders for new machines. 

R18m turnover expected for the year

13th August 2004 Alberton-based Efco Furnaces is set to have its best sales year since the management buyout of the company in 2001, MD Dave Terry reports.? 

Inroads made into chrome and metal mines

13th August 2004 Two years since its introduction to the South African market, Goodyear furnace-door hose has taken off, especially in Mpumalanga, where it is used on a large number of the region’s large chrome and metal mines, with new orders being received by new customers daily, a company spokesperson... 

Cement company commissions burner

13th August 2004 The increase in efficiency and lifespan of a burner was required by Lafarge Cement for the number 6 kiln at its Lichtenburg works, for which reason it decided to purchase a Pyro-Jet burner.? 

Timber motors operate reliably at high temperatures

13th August 2004 Fan motors which are designed by Leroy Somer specifically for timber dryers provide efficient service and extended life in difficult operating conditions.? 

New technology reduces burner emissions

13th August 2004 The M-Pakt ultra-low emissions burner produces nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions up to 95% lower than conventional burners. 

Furnace power doubles through technology

By: lauren rota     13th August 2004 A market demand for higher power supply to direct current (dc) furnaces has resulted in the development of twin-electrode dc furnace technology.? 

Multimillion-rand contract for furnaces and melters

13th August 2004 Johannesburg thermal-processing equipment specialist Prestige Furnaces and Engineering, was awarded a multimillion-rand contract to design, construct and commission a state-of-the-art 16-ton 750 kW coreless induction-alloying zinc-holding furnace and a one-ton 600 kW coreless induction aluminium... 

Pollution control drives smelter upgrades

By: lauren rota     13th August 2004 A growing area of work for a local furnace-construction company results from environmental pressure to improve pollution collection in the minerals-smelting industry. 

Hazardous organic waste-treatment permit issued

By: lauren rota     13th August 2004 In June, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism issued the first-ever local permit to a Midrand-based permanent facility for the treatment of hazardous waste. 

Hot export contracts for furnace company

By: Helene Le Roux     6th August 2004 The export market is hotting up for local smelting technology and equipment company Pyromet Technologies, which is involved with orders for clients abroad totalling more than R25-million. The export contracts awarded to the firm entail the supply of equipment, software and engineering expertise... 

Billion-rand target

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 The R600-million-a-year metals trading company Metallurg South Africa is on track to become a billion-rand-a-year company, its MD Danny O’ Connor forecasts in an exclusive interview to mark the company’s highly-successful management buyout (MBO). 

Refractory breakthrough

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 The refractory division of Metallurg South Africa is being buoyed by a breakthrough into the non ferrous industry. 

Robotics diversification

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 Metallurg is making a promising entry into specialised robotic automation in joint venture with FL Schmidt of Denmark, Metallurg commercial director Frederick Botha tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview to mark the successful management buyout (MBO) of Metallurg from its former US parent. 

Service obsession beats

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 “We’re going to run out of stock in an hour or two”, was the gist of an urgent telephone call Colin Botha received at five in the morning on a public holiday last month. 

Ingenious niche market pursuits

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 An ingenious pursuit of niche markets is fuelling growth for the speciality division of Metallurg South Africa, which supplies the welding, steel, optical and animal-feed industries. 

Evergreen company ballast

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 One of Metallurg’s greatest assets is its evergreen chairperson Langham Carter, 66, in whom much business acumen resides. 

SA engineering firm showcases furnace innovation

By: Zonika Botha     2nd July 2004 South African engineering group Bateman has developed a new hydraulically-operated electrode clamping device for open and submerged-arc furnaces. 

Dango & Dienenthal SA

21st May 2004 Dango & Dienenthal SA (DDSA) designs, fabricates, installs and commissions tapping products for blast furnaces, measuring products, forging and handling products, ferroalloy plant products, and skimming and filtration products. The company is well-known for its clay guns and tap-hole drills. 

Cement firm takes serious look at energy alternatives

By: Zonika Botha     14th May 2004 Cement manufacturer Holcim South Africa is considering the introduction of alternative fuels at its Dudfield kiln, near Lichtenburg, in the North West Province. 

Inferior cables are a problem, says manufacturer

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 Local furnace cable manufacturer Flexicor Cables faces recurring problems with the mining and foundry industries where furnace designers and engineers specify the incorrect cable. 

Limpopo ferrochrome furnace is 50% complete

By: renay de     15th August 2003 Johannesburg smelting technology and equipment specialist Pyromet Technologies has reached the half way-mark on a contract awarded to design, construct and commission an additional submerged arc furnace at ASA Metals, in Steelpoort, in the Limpopo Province. 

SA-made smelting furnace delivered to Mali

By: renay de     15th August 2003 Another high-efficiency induction smelting furnace has been completed by LH Power Electronics. 

Powder-coating plant specialist designs a new curing oven

By: renay de     15th August 2003 Over the past two years, Foster Thermal has installed a number of powder-coating plants designed for the coating, curing and cooling of heavy engine blocks, ranging in mass from 75 kg to 320 kg. 

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