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Furnaces, Kilns, Ovens and Dryers

Increased demand for customised furnaces

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st May 2019 There has been an increase in demand for customised furnaces from the mining industry, says South Africa-based kiln and furnace manufacturer Van Tuyl Kilns and Furnaces director Richard McCullough. He tells Mining Weekly that mining companies are requesting smaller, customised electric furnaces... 

South African foundry aims to become one-stop shop

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st May 2019 South African foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has extended its service offering by adding a new graphite facility to its production line having acquired a new graphite carbon refractory plant last year at its manufacturing campus in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. The new graphite facility,... 

South African foundry aims to become  one-stop shop
ESLI BANTJES Recent investments has resulted in the company controlling all the processes required to meet client requirements

Commissioning of tin concentrate dryer finalised

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st May 2019 South Africa-based furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces commissioned a tin concentrate dryer at tin mine developer Alphamin Resources’ Bisie tin mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in March. Thermopower director William Oldnall tells Mining Weekly that the rotary dryer is... 

Commissioning of tin concentrate dryer finalised
TESTING Thermopower has manufactured the rotary dryer for the Bisie tin mine and a laboratory unit for national mineral research organisation Mintek to carry out iron-ore reducibility testing

Furnaces outperform industry expectations

By: Paige Müller     1st June 2018 Two custom built 81 MVA submerged arc alternating current (AC) furnaces – designed and supplied by South African process and engineering firm Metix to Malaysia-based joint venture smelting facility Sakura Ferroalloys – have outperformed industry expectations since the smelting facility’s... 

Furnaces outperform  industry expectations
ENHANCED AVAILABILITY The submerged arc furnace provided by Metix have enjoyed an availability rate of more than 98% since installation

Stibnite ore dryer project finalised

By: Paige Müller     1st June 2018 South Africa-based furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces SA plans to complete the final commission of a recently completed 15 t/h stibnite concentrate ore dryer installation within the first half of this year. The furnace installation was performed for a global engineering,... 

Stibnite ore dryer project finalised
REQUIRED PROJECT The stibnite ore dryer project is for a global engineering, procurement and construction management company working on a minerals processing project in the Middle East

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers South Africa greater accuracy

By: Nadine James     19th May 2017 The South African minerals and metals processing industry has yet to take advantage of the fibre-optic Calex Fibre-Mini pyrometer, compared with the response from international markets, which has been favourable. The pyrometer, used to measure temperatures of reflective metals, was developed by... 

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers  South Africa greater accuracy
FIBRE-MINI PYROMETER The fibre-optic sensing head withstands up to 200 °C ambient temperature

Kiln refractory replacement expected to boost production

19th May 2017 The new kiln refractory is expected to help boost production at vanadium-focused junior miner Largo Resources’ Maracas Menchen mine, in the north east of Brazil, which is the fourth-largest producer of the commodity after South Africa. The miner completed a 20-day shutdown at Maracas to replace... 

Kiln refractory replacement expected to boost production
REJUVENATED Maracas replaced the kiln refractory during a 20-day shutdown

Furnace projects to impact mining giant’s nickel, copper

19th May 2017 Brazilian miner Vale will execute a furnace rebuild project at its Canada-based Sudbury nickel and copper smelting operation, in Ontario, thereby impacting on the miner’s 2017 production of these metals. In its first quarter performance report released last month, Vale stated that nickel and... 

Furnace projects to impact mining giant’s nickel, copper
Photo by Reuters
FLASHY UPGRADES The $88-million capital expenditure will fund maintenance and strategic projects, such as increasing the power capacity of one of the furnaces

Krugersdorp plant converts furnaces to produce ferrochrome

19th May 2017 As a result of the upward trend in ferrochrome prices, Krugersdorp-based processing plant Mogale Alloys – owned and operated by global vertically-integrated producer of speciality alloys Afarak Group’s African subsidiary, Afarak Mogale, has converted two of its four furnaces to facilitate... 

Krugersdorp plant converts furnaces to produce ferrochrome
NIMBLE OPERATION Mogale's swing plant operation, enables it to change its production capacity in line with market expectations

Value derived from waste streams

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Ingenuity has become paramount to the survival of minerals processing industry suppliers amid the challenging economic climate, says South African furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces South Africa (SA). The company has undertaken several projects aimed at deriving value from waste... 

Value derived from waste streams
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS An iron fines reduction tube designed and manufactured by Thermopower Furnaces SA

Conveyor engineered to withstand high temperatures

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Global mining solutions provider Tenova TAKRAF Africa is introducing the Superbelt conveyor technology, developed by Italian environment-friendly hot bulk materials handling solutions provider Magaldi Italy, to Southern Africa. The conveyor has been designed specifically for hot bulk materials... 

Conveyor engineered  to withstand high  temperatures
MAGALDI SUPERBELT CONVEYOR The conveyor is ideally suited to conveying materials in heat processes

South African software to improve plant operations

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 South African process and operations management solutions provider BluESP is introducing Model Predictive Control, a form of advanced process control technology, with applications to improve plant efficiency in several industries, including smelting and minerals processing. 

South African software to improve plant operations
PLANT OPTIMISATION BluESP’s Model Predictive Control technology the software is ideally suited to the smelting and minerals processing industries

Fire safety needs to be self-regulated

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Global safety, health and environmental management services provider Nosa maintains that it is imperative that businesses in fire-related industries, such as smelting and minerals processing, assume a self-regulatory role with regard to fire safety standards. Nosa marketing, social media and... 

New products on offer

20th May 2016 Innovative instrumentation solutions designer and manufacturer E Instruments is introducing a combustion gas and emissions analyser that is ideal for commercial and industrial use, and a new sampling conditioning unit, which allows for moisture removal at flue gas sampling points. 

New products  on offer
E4500-N The new analyser allows for the accurate measurement of gas emissions

Upgrade will produce 3.38 Mt/y of hot metal

20th May 2016 International engineering company Paul Wurth has been contracted to reline a blast furnace at international steel products manufacturer NLMK’s Lipetsk plant, in Russia, to yield nominal production of 3.38-million tons of hot metal a year. 

Direct current arc furnace research and development focused on safety, efficiency

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd May 2015 South African mineral and metallurgical innovation company Mintek is focusing on achieving greater safety and efficiency from its direct current furnaces, pyrometallurgy specialist consultant Rodney Jones tells Mining Weekly. 

Direct current arc furnace research and development focused on safety, efficiency
RODNEY JONES Electricity is the only feasible way to consistently and sustainably smelt ferrochromium which melts at 1 700°C

Jewellery equipment manufacturer expands into metals processing

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd May 2015 In responding to market trends and opportunities, South Africa-based induction-heating solutions company Hot Platinum (HPT) has gradually developed a new range of products applicable to metals processing in several industries. 

Copper smelter refractory installation completed

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd May 2015 South African furnace and industrial service provider Dickinson Group successfully installed  

Copper smelter refractory installation completed
TREVOR DICKINSON The company's involvement in Zambia has been part of the Dickinson Group's accelerated expansion outside South Africa

Industry knowledge supported by website

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd May 2015 Mining solutions provider, Feeco International, uses its website to not only promote the company but also further the overall knowledge of the kiln and dryer industries, Feeco International director of business development Brian Madigan states. 

Malaysia ferroalloys project EPC 71% complete

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd May 2015 Process and engineering service provider Metix is on schedule to complete the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of an infrastructure smelter complex for ferroalloy producer Sakura Ferroalloys, in eastern Malaysia, by March next year. 

Malaysia ferroalloys project EPC 71% complete
SAKURA FERROALLOYS PROJECT Metix has been responsible for the full construction of the project in eastern Malaysia

PGM furnace engineering, supply contract awarded

22nd May 2015 High capacity furnace and smelting plant specialist Tenova Pyromet has been contracted to undertake the basic engineering and supply of a platinum-group metal (PGM) smelting furnace, feed system and off gas handling plant to platinum mining company Northam Platinum’s Thabazimbi smelter. 

Company reaffirms market dominance

22nd May 2015 Power and distribution transformer designer and manufacturer Powertech Transformers, a subsidiary of the JSE-listed Allied Electronics Corporation, has re- established itself as the only South African manufacturer designing, building and testing arc furnace transformers locally, through a... 

CFC used to extend vacuum furnace service life

22nd May 2015 Diversified technology-development company, Schunk Carbon Technology, as a producer of materials and components for high-temperature systems, is positioning itself as a service provider for the relining of heating chambers within vacuum services using newly patented carbon fibre reinforced carbon... 

CFC used to extend vacuum furnace service life
HARD WEAR The insulation cladding in the hot zone of vacuum furnaces must be replaced on a regular basis

GEFA System AB

22nd May 2015 Established in Sweden in 1989, GEFA System AB focuses on automated ventilation and combustion technology for the metals and mining industry, while also offering automated wastewater treatment solutions. GEFA is a small company consisting mainly of qualified electrical and software development... 

GEFA System AB

Ferrochrome smelter uses significantly less electricity

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2014 The Lion ferrochrome smelter, owned and operated by the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture, uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes to produce the equivalent volume of ferrochrome. In addition, the smelter needs far less coke than conventional smelters and uses significant... 

Ferrochrome smelter uses significantly less electricity
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPRESSIVE ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION The Lion ferrochrome smelter uses 37% less electricity than conventional ferrochrome processes

Smelter engineer delivers electrode columns for furnace project

By: David Oliveira     12th December 2014 South African smelter engineering firm Metix has successfully commissioned the electrode columns used in the C and D furnaces at the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture’s Lion Ferrochrome Phase 2 expansion project, in Steelpoort, Limpopo. Metix technology equipment manager Ivan Holl tells Mining... 

Smelter engineer delivers electrode columns for  furnace project
UPPER ELECTRODE COLUMNS The upper sections of the electrode column, comprising the slipping device, at the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture’s Lion Ferrochrome Phase 2 expansion project, in Steelpoort, Limpopo were lifted and secured to the supporting beams of the building

Smelting companies prepare for economic upturn

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 There appear to be signs of a potential revival in furnace projects in sub-Saharan Africa, says electric furnaces and associated plant equipment supplier Tenova Pyromet, which is part of the international Tenova Mining & Minerals group. Tenova Pyromet MD Chris Oertel tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Smelting companies prepare for economic upturn
INDUSTRY REVIVAL Several of Tenova Pyromet's clients are considering the feasibility of new projects

Sector uncertainty causes project delay

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 Scientific equipment supplier Wirsam Scientific and Precision Equipment has registered a decline in the number of projects that the company and its competitors are being contracted for, owing to the global economic downturn and local uncertainties. Wirsam Scientific’s product manager Marius de... 

Sector uncertainty  causes project delay
MARIUS DE JAGER There has been a delay in orders for laboratory equipment used to analyse test samples from mines

Heat treatment specialist to complete furnace installation

23rd May 2014 UK-based metallurgical services laboratory and heat treatment specialist Keighley Laboratories is nearing completion of a heat treatment facility, comprising a nitriding furnace and a nitrocarburising furnace, at its West Yorkshire headquarters. Keighley Laboratories reports that construction is... 

South African furnace maker refurbs major refinery’s kilns

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 South Africa-based kiln and furnace manufacturer Van Tuyl Kilns and Furnaces has been contracted to refurbish global precious metals refining and smelting company Rand Refinery’s two kilns in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, says Van Tuyl MD Ian McCullough. McCullough tells Mining Weekly that the project... 

South African furnace maker refurbs major  refinery’s kilns
IAN MCCULLOUGH Demand for furnaces is on the decline in South Africa

Accurate flue-gas measurements key for furnace efficiency

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 When extracting and refining valuable geological materials from the earth, a variety of industrial combustion processes are required, says global instrumentation solutions manufacturer E Instruments International. Product manager Bill Freed explains that the combustion processes can emit highly... 

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