03.03.2020 Nomination of UrbanGold for the Houska Award
We sincerely congratulate UrbanGold on its nomination for the Houska Award 2020.
The project "Boosting E-Waste Recycling" of UrbanGold could qualify in the category "Research & Development in SMEs" as one of five nominated projects for the final of the Houska Award ceremony.
Since its introduction in 2005, the Houska Award has become a fixed point in the Austrian research landscape. With this research promotion prize, the B&C Private Foundation is committed to improving the financial basis for innovation and research in Austria and thus – in accordance with its foundation's purpose – to strengthen Austria as a business location in the long term.
Link to the Houska Award: www.houskapreis.at
Link to UrbanGold: www.urbangold.at
Implementation of a parallel flow device in a pickling tank
In September 2018, a new and innovative approach to the use of the parallel flow device (PFD) was implemented at voestalpine BÖHLER Bleche GmbH & Co KG in Mürzzuschlag, Austria. Altogether, the installation comprises of three elements for improving the performance in the pickling tank and saving hydrofluoric acid.
For a better movement and thus optimised
kinetics of the pickling process, the acid circulates through a series of
nozzles via a parallel flow device at the top end of the tank. This provides a
perfectly guided flow to ensure a more homogeneous acid distribution.
In order to prevent the overheating of the acid, the steam injection is circumvented by the implementation of an instantaneous heating unit. This ensures a constant but adjustable temperature in the entire tank.
As another benefit resulting from the circulation of the acid, a filtering unit is installed at the intake socket of the pump. This filtering unit can be removed and the suspended solids collected in the filter can be removed periodically.
The given drawing shows the assembly of the unit.
With the overall aim to save time for pickling, safe hydrofluoric acid by temperature control and filtering unit and safe costs by stop using the steam generator, we are convinced to set new standards in pickling units together with voestalpine BÖHLER Bleche GmbH & Co KG.
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Seminar: Pyrometallurgical Copper Refining
The seminar focuses on the process route from blister copper to casted Anodes. Participants will be able to understand the links between different technical and metallurgical parameters that are important during pyrometallurgical copper refining.
Save the date: 24.-26. September 2019 in Vienna
Seminar: Copper Metallurgy for new employees
The seminar focuses on the process routes from the concentrate to the refined copper cathode. Participants will be able to understand the links between different technical parameters and the importance of key reactors for the process flow.
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IL-B2001 - Decrease of minimum operational temperature to -10 °C
Recent R&D development could now distinctly lower the crystallization temperature of IL-B2001 for ensuring a minimum operational temperature of -10 °C.
However, the real crystallization temperature is well below - 30 °C.
The new additives makes an operation in cold environment possible without additional heating elements and diminishes the need of insulation of piping and components.
Poly TBRC - Latest generation of copper refining and smelting process
For our customers in Germany and Russia the PolyTBRC is in latest stage of construction
The installation of this special TBRC converter, as a joint
project of PolyMet Solutions, SMS group, Urban Gold and Mettop, will allow our
customer to increase the recycling capacity of copper scrap whilst, at the same
time, improving process quality, efficiency, and safety.
The benefits for our customers when installing of a PolyTBRC can be highlighted:
Improved heat transfer and reaction kinetics in refining and smelting processes.
The oxygen/gas-combustion system produces an intense, stable and compact flame with very efficient heat transfer capabilities and low exhaust volume flow.
Lambda values can be adjusted over a wide range to produce reducing, neutral or oxidizing conditions.
High ration of metals recovery and flexible process performance with good slag-metal separation.
ILTEC cooled lance for injection purposes.
We are looking forward to hearing from you if there are any
questions or you need more information regarding our PolyTBRC.
ILTEC System ready for Installation
ILTEC facility for Spanish
customer is finally ready for shipping
The newly constructed ILTEC facility is equipped with four individual cooling lines which enables the cooling of large areas and applications. Furthermore the cooling capacity of the two heat exchangers of 1.500 kW each and the pumping capacity of 50 m3/h guarantee the appropriate removal of larger heat amounts.
The construction is designed as two individual installation racks (as seen in the construction drawing and the picture) for making both the transport and the installation on site more easy and flexible. As a special feature, the installation of a high-performance instantaneous heater makes the system not only capable of cooling but also enables heating and temperature keeping within the cooler.
Gas purging for improving performace
In order to improve the efficiency of different types of furnaces in metallurgy, Mettop offers various gas purification systems. The system consists of a set of rinsing elements, such as porous plugs, the corresponding closing system for the furnace steelworks, and a gas regulating unit.
Mettop GmbH, founded in 2005, is an independent
Austrian engineering company, specialised in the design, optimisation, and engineering
of technologies for metallurgical processes. It is
active in the field of pyro- as well as hydrometallurgy of non-ferrous metals
and recently also started with innovative cooling systems for the iron and steel
The scope of services comprises of optimisation solutions in the area of furnace integrity, combining refractory selection and layout, gas purging systems and cooling elements. In the field of hydrometallurgy, a new electrolysis technology - the METTOP-BRX Technology - was developed and is in operation to allow an acceleration of the electrolytic refining of up to 50 percent. For all metallurgical aggregates and equipment, Mettop developed the new and water-free cooling technology ILTEC, that uses an ionic liquid as cooling medium, to create new pathways towards safe and efficient cooling for the entire metallurgical industry.
In addition, Mettop is internationally active in terms of technical consulting (process optimisation) and operator training for customers in the non-ferrous metals industry, and also assists in the optimisation of risk management in metallurgical plants.
Our innovative ideas and partly unconventional methods enable us to crush old crusts and set new standards. This means that we set the standard that others follow and achieve maximum added value for our customers.
Motivated by the challenges of our customers, our employees succeed in impressing and inspiring our clients by implementing their projects.
Together as a group at the Leoben site, we manage to design environmentally friendly and highly profitable recycling processes, as well as offering tailor-made solutions and process developments.
Communication within the team is the key to mutual success.