Warmest thoughts and best wishes...
This year was also strongly influenced by the Covid pandemic and again the challenges for all of us were enormous.
From an economic perspective, however, it is encouraging to note that demand and production dynamics in the basic materials industry have grown significantly. While we were again severely hampered in our face-to-face contact with customers last year due to global travel restrictions, we are confident that the outlook will improve in the foreseeable future. With our official representatives in many countries, we also have a local presence and are ideally placed to respond to the needs of our customers.
With their support, we have succeeded in implementing several projects in the international arena. The focus was on innovative and, above all, tailor-made plant solutions, which were developed and successfully implemented especially for our customers. This is exactly our strength, the sustainable optimization of metallurgical processes, both in primary and secondary metallurgy in the world of non-ferrous metals. We are the reliable and innovative partner for our customers and together we develop new solutions and radical approaches for the coming decades.
In times like these, we also face internal challenges. Creating an optimal hybrid work environment - home office on the one hand and office presence on the other - was our goal. With the help of our new "4-day week" working time model, we will continue to position ourselves as an attractive company for our employees in the future.
Our whole team is looking forward to a good
cooperation in the coming years and wishes you a reflective Christmas, health
and all the best for the year 2022..
... for a wonderful holiday and a happy new year .
EAF PANELS WITH THE ionicLifecast TECHNOLOGY
Our next generation of #ionicLifecast EAF panels are made with cast-in copper pipe from pure copper.
The metallurgical bond between coil and copper casting is perfect and results in highest thermal conductivity and durability.
ESCD EARLY SHORT - CIRCUIT DETECTION
Short circuits in a tankhouse are caused by the merging of anodes and cathodes. Currently, they are usually detected by analyzing the voltage curve and by manual and personnel-intensive searches using gaussmeters.
Automatic short-circuit detection with a specially developed thermal camera, allows the detection of short-circuits up to 12 hours in advance, resulting in an optimized current efficiency and lower reworking costs
Layout, design, supply and construction
Simple but very efficient measures can be implemented in existing tankhouses in order to increase current efficiency. The use of so-called “cathode spacing devices” can increase the current efficiency in each electrolysis by several percentage points. The installation is simple and can be carried out at any time.
Read more: https://mettop.com/en/products/9
Mettop and WeCo combined have many years of experience and close relation to costumers in the copper and steel market which helps to develop the coolers that you need.
An effective way to increase the productivity of an existing tankhouse by up to 3 % is the use of only one specific part of the METTOP-BRX Technology, the cathode spacing device.
The custom engineered spacing system based on field tested long-lasting materials and optimized geometries is delivered as a complete package and installed by Mettop.
Read more: https://mettop.com/en/products/9
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.
Join our new seminars - now available
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.
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.
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, specialized in the design, optimization, and engineering of technologies for metallurgical processes. Mettop is active in the field of pyro- as well as hydrometallurgy of non-ferrous metals and furthermore serves with innovative cooling systems for the iron and steel industry. The scope of services comprises of optimization 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 patented 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 the 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 optimization), operator training for customers in the non-ferrous metals industry, and assists also in the optimization 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.