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Furnaces, Kilns, Ovens and Dryers

Copper furnace component supply in final stage

By: Halima Frost     3rd June 2022 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has shipped the last of three batches of copper furnace components to a metal smelting and recycling firm, in Germany. The third and final batch was shipped last week and arrived at its destination on time. 

Converter to be supplied to smelter

3rd June 2022 Metallurgical industry plant supplier SMS group has been selected to supply a Peirce-Smith Converter for converting nickel matte for the production of batteries to global nickel exporter Société de Nickel de Nouvelle Calédonie et Corée (SNNC) in South Korea. The supply will fast-track the... 

A group of gentlemen representing furnace component manufacturer and SMS group and nickle exporter SNNC holding a sign announcing the conclusion of their contract signing meeting
A GOOD SIGN The contract signing ceremony between SMS group and SNNC held earlier this year in South Korea

New filters for alumina plant

3rd June 2022 Mining plant and machine supplier thyssenkrupp Mining Technologies and diversified natural resources producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) in February signed a contract for the supply and replacement of four electric filters at the Pavlodar Alumina Plant, part of the Aluminium of Kazakhstan... 

Two men in suits sitting at a table signing the documentation for the or the supply and replacement of four electric filters between thussenkrup and Eurasian Resources Group
PEN TO PAPER The signing ceremony of the contract or the supply and replacement of four electric filters

Supplier for Brazil ferronickel mine chosen

3rd June 2022 Industrial engineering and equipment multinational FLSmidth has been chosen as the supplier of the rotary kiln and rotary dryer for the Araguaia Niquel Metais ferronickel mine in the state of Pará in the northern region of Brazil. The order was booked in the first quarter of 2022 and is valued at... 

A large rotary kiln and drier system manufactured by FLSmidth is being delivered to the rAaguaia Niquel Metais ferronickel mine in Brazil
TURNING POINT The rotary kiln and drier supplied by FLSmidth is being delivered to the ferronickle mine in Brazil

Service provider continues to expand its fleet

By: Halima Frost     3rd June 2022 Demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition has steadily expanded its fleet of equipment to befit projects that facilitate relines and repairs on furnaces and kilns of all types. Furnace demolition projects generally represent a smaller proportion of the company’s scope, as furnace demolition... 

A large yellow Hyundai rock breaking machine used inside a furnace to break down the ceramic inner walls of a furnace
INSIDE JOB Jet Demolition offers solutions to work inside confined spaces such as on furnaces

New furnace camera improves inspection efficiency

28th May 2021 Metals and minerals processing company Metso Outotec is launching a robust furnace camera to reduce or even eliminate the need to switch the power off or cut the material feed to inspect the furnace. The new camera ensures that operators can safely monitor conditions inside the furnace in real... 

FURNACE CAMERA
The furnace camera is a fully integrated solution that is fast and easy to install into new or existing furnaces
FURNACE CAMERA The furnace camera is a fully integrated solution that is fast and easy to install into new or existing furnaces

Air drying kit to maintain performance for mines

28th May 2021 Eliminating the build-up of moisture is an ongoing challenge in the mining and offshore sectors, where the harsh and hazardous environments make it daunting to maintain the integrity of key infrastructure and equipment, which needs clean and dry air to operate efficiently. “Condensation and... 

DECIDEDLY DESICCANT
Oxair supplies desiccant air dryers that can help combat condensation in pipelines and keep machinery running for longer
DECIDEDLY DESICCANT Oxair supplies desiccant air dryers that can help combat condensation in pipelines and keep machinery running for longer

New dryer range piques mining interest

By: Darren Parker     28th May 2021 The introduction of compressed-air equipment manufacturer Artic Driers International’s new SA Series heatless pressure swing air dryers has sparked significant interest in the South African mining sector, says CEO Allen Cockfield. “Local mining engineers like the tough, simple, local build... 

STRAIGHT FORWARD Local mining engineers like the tough, simple, local build because it is easier to service
STRAIGHT FORWARD Local mining engineers like the tough, simple, local build because it is easier to service

New services enhance repairs

By: Darren Parker     28th May 2021 Furnace services company Dickinson Group of Companies’ (DGC’s) new service offerings help to ensure more cost-effective furnace maintenance and repair. DGC added endoscopic furnace inspection services to its service offering, which is ideal for smaller scale maintenance and repair work, just... 

ENDOSCOPIC VIEW The highly robust furnace endoscopy devices can be used to inspect units at any temperature
ENDOSCOPIC VIEW The highly robust furnace endoscopy devices can be used to inspect units at any temperature

Furnace sector heating up after Covid-19

By: Darren Parker     28th May 2021 There has been a significant increase in project activity for furnace services company Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) since the start of this year. DGC commercial manager Louwrens Minnie tells Mining Weekly that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic caused a slump in activity last year, but... 

SAFETY FIRST The most dangerous part of doing furnace rebuilds is the demolition that first has to take place
SAFETY FIRST The most dangerous part of doing furnace rebuilds is the demolition that first has to take place

Furnace manufacturer ‘fired up and ready to go’

By: Halima Frost     2nd June 2020 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie restarted its entire facility, in line with the regulations to facilitate the shift to Level 4 of the national Covid-19 lockdown, earlier this month. The company has implemented various shifts to maximise the physical distancing... 

ALL ROUNDER
The ability to design, manufacture and export all the elements of a furnace gives Thos Begbie the edge
ALL ROUNDER The ability to design, manufacture and export all the elements of a furnace gives Thos Begbie the edge

Furnace company supplying two rebuilds

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 Furnace technology designer and fabricator Allied Furnace Consultants (AFC) is currently supplying technology equipment, including water-cooled roofs, water-cooled off gases and water-cooled shells, to two large rebuild projects in South Africa. The projects service both the ferrochrome and... 

TOO COOL
Water-cooled roofs, off gasses and shells are being supplied by Allied Furnace Consultants on two local rebuilds
TOO COOL Water-cooled roofs, off gasses and shells are being supplied by Allied Furnace Consultants on two local rebuilds

Incinerator installation continues

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 South Africa-based furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces tells Mining Weekly that it will soon continue with the final stages of an incinerator hand-over, as the client has started phasing in contractor access to its site after South Africa’s moving to Level 4 of the Covid-19... 

TRIED & TESTED
The testing facility at Thermopower Furnaces facility help the company offer a full turnkey solution to its clients
TRIED & TESTED The testing facility at Thermopower Furnaces facility help the company offer a full turnkey solution to its clients

Company facilitates efficient furnace shutdown projects

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 Demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition offers specialised demolition services and machines that are easily adapted to the challenging conditions of furnace-related shutdown projects. “Furnaces have a finite lifetime before requiring significant maintenance and repair work,” says Jet... 

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... 

PERFECT MATCH
The new controller will be compatible with Van Tuyl’s existing furnaces range
PERFECT MATCH The new controller will be compatible with Van Tuyl’s existing furnaces range

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,... 

ESLI BANTJES
Recent investments has resulted in the company controlling all the processes required to meet client requirements
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... 

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
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... 

ENHANCED AVAILABILITY
The submerged arc furnace provided by Metix have enjoyed an availability rate of more than 98% since installation
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,... 

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
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-MINI PYROMETER The fibre-optic sensing head withstands up to 200 °C ambient temperature
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... 

REJUVENATED Maracas replaced the kiln refractory during a 20-day shutdown
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... 

FLASHY UPGRADES The $88-million  capital expenditure will fund maintenance and strategic projects, such as increasing the power capacity of one of the furnaces
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... 

NIMBLE OPERATION Mogale's swing plant operation, enables it to change its production capacity in line with market expectations
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... 

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
An iron fines reduction tube designed and manufactured by Thermopower Furnaces SA
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... 

MAGALDI SUPERBELT CONVEYOR
The conveyor is ideally suited to conveying materials in heat processes
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. 

PLANT OPTIMISATION
BluESP’s Model Predictive Control technology the software is ideally suited to the smelting and minerals processing industries
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. 

E4500-N
The new analyser allows for the accurate measurement of gas emissions
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. 

RODNEY JONES Electricity is the only feasible way to consistently and sustainably smelt ferrochromium which melts at 1 700°C
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. 

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