The most efficient melting technology ever produced
When one of the largest pipe manufacturers in Europe decided to upgrade its melting facilities to improve its energy efficiency it turned to the world-leading experts in induction melting technology.
With a current casting capacity of 200,000 tonnes a year, Turkish foundry Samsun Makina Sanayi Inc (SMS) is a leading foundry in the global pipe-manufacturing sector. When looking to expand production and more than double capacity with a new facility, one of the main considerations was to achieve high quality components in the most energy efficient manner. The answer is the installation of four 9MW VIP Power Trak® systems from Inductotherm Europe Ltd.
The order includes four 16t heavy steel shell furnaces plus an 80t channel furnace, power supplies, coils and control desks. The equipment is bound for the new SMS site at Adana’s organised industrial zone - the third foundry in the group, which will produce ductile iron pipes in the diameter range of DN80 to DN2600 with an annual capacity of 300,000 tons. The site will be in operation from the third quarter of 2015.
Speaking about the order Steve Hill, Managing Director of Inductotherm Europe Ltd said: “This is the most efficient melting technology design we have ever produced which we have been able to achieve thanks to the long-standing technological experience and skillset of our designers and engineers and the use of complex electronics. SMS wanted a very tight kilowatt per hour performance and we were determined to meet their expectations. The result is a melting system that is two to three per cent more efficient than has ever been done before and we are very proud of that.”
Inductotherm Europe Ltd has a reputation for working with the customer to push boundaries and is committed to supplying a reliable quality brand. It was this confidence in the company’s abilities and expertise that led to them working with SMS to develop a first-rate melting facility which will help the foundry meet its energy targets. SMS has adopted an environmental responsibility that encompasses a reduced energy usage commitment, which was paramount during its discussions with Inductotherm about the new facility.
“This technology has been market-driven,” Steve Hill said. “The strict requirements from SMS have pushed us down the route to make even greater savings for our customers and this is something we are pleased to do. Together we have accomplished a new step forward for the industry.”