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Furnaces, Kilns, Ovens and Dryers

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... 

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... 

SA to host first global furnace conference

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd May 2014 The South African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) says it is ready for an influx of global furnace manufactures, users and related stakeholders as it prepares to host the first Furnace Tapping Conference at the Misty Hills Country Hotel, in Johannesburg, from May 27 to 29. Organising... 

SA to host first global  furnace conference
JOALET STEENKAMP While doing her PhD studies, Steenkamp identified the need for a furnace- tapping overview platform

Company experiences success with rotary kiln division

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 Manufacturer and supplier to the mining, smelter and minerals processing industries, the Dickinson Group, established a dedicated rotary kiln division last year, focusing on all the furnace industries that use rotary kilns. CEO Trevor Dickinson tells Mining Weekly that this was in line with the... 

Success for kiln specialist with redesigned heating system

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 Furnace and carbon regeneration kiln specialists Custom Furnaces says its redesigned heating system for carbon regeneration kilns has been well received by the gold mining industry in South Africa, as it reduces downtime by at least 30 hours. “In 2010, we redesigned the heating system using... 

Engineering firm to focus on lowering costs of production for SA clients

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 South African smelter engineering firm Metix does not predict any major expansions in the South African ferroalloy industry in the next two years, owing to major industry challenges. The company, which forms part of global steel processing technology supplier SMS Siemag, notes that these industry... 

Company emphasises advantages of gas cleaning technology for SA ferroalloys industry

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 The recent power constraints and price hikes in the country should prompt the South African ferroalloy industry to consider using technology to turn furnace off-gas into energy, says Germany-based gas cleaning specialists Theisen Engineering. State-owned power utility Eskom’s yearly electricity... 

Improved production in first quarter due to furnace performance

By: Natalie Greve     24th May 2013 Resource company Merafe Resources improved its ferrochrome production in the first quarter of 2013 by 3% over the comparative 2012 period on the back on enhanced overall furnace performance, realising attributable production of 67 000 t. The furnaces, at the company’s Tswelopele pelletising plant... 

Depressed market causes company to revert to offshore work

By: Gia Costella     24th May 2013 Owing to the depressed market in South Africa, designer and supplier of high-capacity, electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces and complete smelting plants for the production of ferroalloys, base metals, slag cleaning and alloy refining, Tenova Pyromet, reports that it has increased the number... 

Local partnership supplies components for largest calcium carbide furnaces 

By: Chantelle Kotze     6th September 2012 A partnership between engineering consultancy Hatch and furnace component engineering and production company Thos Begbie & Company will form an integral part of a China-based project to build the largest calcium carbide furnaces in the world. 

Local partnership supplies components for largest  calcium carbide furnaces
Thos Begbie Corporate Profile. Camerawork and Editing: Shane Williams and Darlene Creamer.

Coinjection technology to improve furnace processes

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 If materials handling and pneumatic conveying systems supplier Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) can successfully implement its co-injection process, as well as achieve its proposed 30% capacity increase outcomes, it will be the only company, to date, to have achieved this. 

Atomising technology set to improve metal recovery

25th May 2012 South Africa’s State-owned minerals researcher, Mintek, is in the process of constructing a pilot plant for research on its atomising technology which, once developed, is set to improve metal recovery. 

R162m drying and dispatch facility upgrade at local phosphate mine

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 South African phosphate rock miner and fertiliser producer Foskor is performing a R162-million dryer debottlenecking project at the drying and dispatch section of its mining division in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. 

ISO award enables company to grow

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 Water-cooled furnace component manufacturer Bruno Quatro Engineering has successfully broadened its customer base to include almost the entire South African smelting industry, owing to the importance it places on complying with standards and product performance, says Bruno Quatro MD Frank Klinkert. 

Two-million LTI-free hours achieved by firm

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 Smelter engineering firm Metix has passed a safety milestone by achieving its highest number of loss-time-injury- (LTI-) free hours on a number of projects undertaken between November 2008 and March 2012, says Metix project director Wynand Moolman.  

Global furnace group boasts numerous projects

By: Chantelle Kotze     25th May 2012 Local furnace supplier Tenova Pyromet is undertaking the design and supply of components for two ferrochrome furnaces for use at the Xstrata-Merafe Lion ferrochrome complex, in Limpopo. 

Europe’s biggest blast furnace produces 70-millionth ton of steel

25th May 2012 Blast furnace Schwelgern 2, owned by diversified industrial group ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe, produced its seventy-millionth ton of hot metal, in February. 

Indonesian steel manufacturer places furnace order

25th May 2012 One of Indonesia’s largest steel manufacturers, Gunung Steel Group, has placed an order with global steel processing technology supplier SMS Siemag Germany for the supply of an Arccess electric arc furnace and a ladle furnace for its new steelmaking plant complex, in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia. 

Fly ash handling system to improve platinum miner’s operation

By: Tracy Hancock     20th May 2011 Materials handling company Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) is currently supplying a fly ash handling system to platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) to improve the operation of its boiler system. CBZ is part of Clyde Bergemann Power Group, a global group of companies supplying systems and... 

Alternative fuels and raw materials fire cement producer’s kilns

20th May 2011 Greening its operations is a business imperative for cement group AfriSam, which is currently successfully using alternative raw materials to fire the kiln at its Ulco plant, in the Northern Cape. “Conventionally, coal is used to fire kilns to the intense temperatures required. In using... 

Kiln maintenance reduces operating margin

20th May 2011 Junior mining resource company Canaf states the lower than traditional operating margin it experienced for the three months ending January 31, is a result of a maintenance shutdown at its South African calcined anthracite operation. 

Fibre optics enables temperature mapping

20th May 2011 Consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch reports it has developed a Tapblock Fibre Optic Temperature Measurement System that provides accurate temperature readings from previously inaccessible locations inside a furnace. Hatch global director of control technologies Terry... 

Barro Alto to reach full production by second half of 2012

20th May 2011 Making use of low-risk proven technology and a rotary kiln electric furnace process, diversified miner Anglo American expects its $1,9-billion Barro Alto nickel project, in Brazil, to reach full production capacity in the second half of 2012.  

€11-million lime calcining system to be delivered end 2011

20th May 2011 Global supplier of sustainable technology and services for the mining industry Metso will supply a 900 t/d lime calcining system worth about €11-million to US-based manufacturer and supplier of magnesium oxide and magnesium hydroxide products Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties.  

Beehive ovens to up production to 36 000 t/y

20th May 2011 Canada-based mining company Pacific Coal Resources aims for the beehive ovens at its C.I. Jam subsidiary’s Colombian operation to achieve a production rate of 36 000 t/y of coke by the end of the second quarter.  

Kiln maintenance reduces synthetic rutile production

20th May 2011 Mineral sands producer Iluka reports synthetic rutile production decreased to 78 500 t during the March quarter, compared with the 87 300 t produced in the previous corresponding period. 

Soot blower range provides efficient build-up removal

20th May 2011 Manufacturer and supplier of heat technology equipment Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) has made a strategic investment in Agram boiler energy and combustion management systems to provide clients with soot blowers that efficiently remove soot build-up from boiler tubes in foundries. 

Allied Furnace Consultants maintains robust growth through the recession

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th August 2010 Boksburg-based Allied Furnace Consultants (AFC), an innovative young company specialising in the design and manufacture of arc furnaces and associated equipment used in the production of ferroalloys, has been left unscathed by the economic recession thanks to the application of a business model... 

Heavy lifting company assists with Namibian smelter

7th May 2010 Heavy-lifting specialist Vanguard has completed a project involving the transportation and rigging into position of a cold box and exchanger for use in a smelting plant in Tsumeb, in Namibia. 

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