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Furnaces, Kilns, Ovens and Dryers

Foundry company awarded contract with mining giant

7th May 2010 Headgear sheave wheel manufacturer Kew Foundries has been awarded the contract to replace existing deflection sheave wheels on mineral resources miner Rio Tinto’s Palabora mine, in Phalaborwa, in Limpopo province. 

Insulating company emphasises energy saving in furnace industry 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     7th May 2010 Energy saving is becoming a major concern for the mining industry and will become a huge selling point for industries. The South African mining industry has been particularly hard hit by State-owned power utility Eskom’s decision to raise electricity prices by around 25% a year over the next... 

Mining giant reports furnace shutdown

7th May 2010 Platinum-group metals producer Lonmin reports that it had shut down its No 1 furnace at the end of March following yet another matte run-out. 

Furnace designer starts up Consteel at US plant

7th May 2010 Metals manufacturer Commercial Metals Company (CMC) has completed the successful start-up of a new Consteel system, designed and supplied by international furnace designer Tenova Core. 

Submerged arc furnaces commissioned in 
international plants

7th May 2010 International plant supplier SMS Siemag has successfully commissioned two submerged arc furnaces (SAF) for the production of silicon metal at Chinese
manufacturer of metallurgical silicon China Bluestar International Chemicals.  

Australian steel producer reports blast furnace 
incident

7th May 2010 Australian steel manufacturer OneSteel reported that, following stoppages on its Whyalla blast furnace after a localised failure of an expansion joint, which resulted in a small discharge of hot material, the company has now completed the required repairs to the Whyalla blast furnace, but has... 

International furnace company says power crisis is a major challenge

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     7th May 2010 International furnace designer and supplier Tenova Pyromet technical sales and marketing manager Andre Esterhuizen tell Mining Weekly that a major cause for concern in the industry is the current power supply crises in South Africa. 

Funaces, Kilns, Ovens & Dryers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st March 2010 The Furnaces, Kilns, Ovens and Dryers feature will focus on the latest technology relating to this industry. The feature will provide an update on the current projects taking place in this field, as well as highlight the challenges faced by those in this field. 

Company provides Brazilian plant with six furnace control systems

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products provider Mintek has installed its sixth FurnStar-Minstral, an advanced process control (APC) system for furnaces, at the Cia Ferro Ligas da Bahia (Ferbasa) plant in Bahia State, Brazil. The installation at Ferbasa brings the total number... 

Flash dryer delivered on time and within budget

8th May 2009 K’Enyuka has delivered the Impala Platinum flash dryer project to Implats with a zero lost time injury frequency rate on budget and on time. 

Explosions at Randburg furnace

8th May 2009 On March 27, 2009, a failure occurred at a test furnace at the Mintek facilities in Randburg, which caused a series of minor explosions and the emission of a cloud of smoke. 

High-temperature 
solutions specialist 
provides new technology

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 High temperature solutions company Insulcon South Africa (SA), an autonomous division of the global Insulcon group has launched Foamfrax, a ceramic fibre foam which provides insulation in environments ranging from 1 260 °C to 1 600 °C. 

Smelting company financially secure despite adverse market conditions

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Smelting and technology equipment specialist Metix has reported a healthy financial bottom line. The company has a positive outlook for the year ahead despite local ferrochrome producers running at only 20% of its usual production. 

Minerals recovery company 
develops innovative 
process technology  

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Advanced Mineral Recovery Technologies (AMRT) has developed a broadly applicable technology aimed at treating the waste streams from mining and mineral processing operations, while recovering the valuable minerals they contain. 

Smelting company kept busy with current projects

8th May 2009 Designer and supplier of high-capacity electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces Tenova Pyromet will see the completion of various projects over the coming years. 

Turnkey furnace specialist completes projects

By: Kelly Farthing     8th May 2009 Specialist in turnkey furnaces and refractory services to the pyrometallurgical and minerals processing industries, the Dickinson Group, has completed a significant number of major furnace projects during 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. 

Furnace shuts down owing to market conditions

8th May 2009 Diversified resources group Exxaro Resources has taken a decision to expedite the commencement of the relining of Furnace 1 at Namakwa Sands. 

Multiuse device suits the furnace industry

8th May 2009 Process automation company Endress+Hauser once again sets the pace in recording technology with its Ecograph T, a paperless recorder that displays, records and transmits information.  

Durban steel plant reopens furnaces after fatal explosion

9th May 2008 JSE-listed African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), the joint owner of Assmang, states that a further two furnaces at its Cato Ridge plant will have restarted in April, 2008. 

Furnace specialist expanding its horizons

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Designer and supplier of electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces, Tenova Pyromet, is six months into the building contract of two ferrochrome 66-MW closed furnaces for charge chrome producer ASA Metals. 

Pyrometallurgy specialist celebrates forty years of production

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Furnace and kiln specialist, Thermopower Furnaces, is celebrating its fortieth year of production in the pyrometallurgy industry. 

South African aviation industry getting heat treatment

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Furnace manufacturing company, Custom Furnaces, has completed a custom-built heat-treatment furnace for the South African aviation industry with a total value of about R40-million. 

Engineering firm gains global license to market furnace cooling technology

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Engineering project house Bateman Engineering's pyromettallury division has secured world-wide rights to market the technology to the nonferrous pyrometallurgical industry, with the conclusion of a license agreement between Bateman Engineering and the University of Melbourne, in Australia. 

Gold certificate for componenet manufacturer

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Furnace-component manufacturer Bruno Quatro has been awarded a gold certificate by steel producer Evras Highveld Steel as its top engineering supplier for 2007.  

Smelting specialist providing new technology

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Smelting and technology equipment company Metix has been commissioned to convert two conventional open furnaces for ferrochrome producer, Hernic Ferrochrome, to closed furnaces 

Dryer specialist supplying the furnace industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     9th May 2008 Compressed air dryer supplier, Arctic Driers, has supplied an F 500 air-dryer to ferroalloys business Assmang for its ferromanganese plant in Machadodorp, in Mpumalanga. 

Zambian smelting plant upgrade benefits local manufacturer

11th May 2007 n September 25, 2006, Zambian President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa opened the upgrade to the Mufulira smelting plant owned by Mopani Copper mines (MCM) in Zambia. 

Turnkey company wins local, international projects

11th May 2007 One of South Africa�s most prominent turnkey refractory and mechanical specialists the Dickinson Group has been awarded contracts for several local and international key industrial and mining projects. 

Joburg company receives coal pick brazing contract

11th May 2007 Prestige Thermal equipment secures major induction heating and brazing installation. 

Gas cleaning, dust control contract completed

11th May 2007 Environmental control systems company MikroPul South Africa has completed a multi million rand gas cleaning and dust control contract at Xstrata Alloys� new Lion Ferrochrome smelter at Steelpoort in Limpopo Province. 

Drying company launches new product, expands service offering

11th May 2007 While engaged in a number of industrial projects, drying, cooling, and calcining company Artic Driers has also launched new products and has expanded its service support structure. 

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