Agellis Group acquires Metsol’s infrared products

Agellis Group acquires Metsol’s infrared products

Agellis Group acquires Metsol’s infrared products Agellis Group AB has acquired the product rights of Metsol’s technology packages based on infrared technology. “The transfer of the product rights to Agellis Group will be strengthen the resources for sales, marketing, and product development which will beneficial to existing and new customers. They will now have an even stronger technology partner that understands their daily operations as well as advanced technology. This will ensure that these technologies will continue to work in order to favor all metal producers operator’s safety and plant productivity”, says Mårten Görnerup, MD of Metsol. Agellis Group AB’s develops and manufacture electromagnetic measuring solutions for the molten metals industry. The solutions enable increased […]

Safety is everything – at least sometimes

Safety is everything – at least sometimes

Is safety always on top of the agenda? Do managers pin-point safety-KPI’s on weekly meetings? Does your foreman stress the importance of wearing protective gear? Very well then, but have you prepare for the big disasters? Small incidents and near-misses are crucial information in order to identify the real hazards since we all know there are at least ten incidents on every accident. This is important to realize and very useful in order to make sure protective measures are taken. But what about those rare occations with potential catastrophic consequences? The ones happening maybe once every second year and then mostly in a safe place? Ladle break-out is not that common and mostly happens when people […]

Metal losses during deslagging – why?

Metal losses during deslagging – why?

Honestly, when was the last time you made an effort to minimise the metal losses during deslagging? Have you surrendered to the fact that this is an industrial process with operator dependency and some variations must be accepted? Do not get stuck there – variations will always occur, yes, but make sure to narrow them down whenever there is an opportunity. After all, you and your crew have struggled so hard to produce a prime metal product. Do not through part of it in the trash, you are burning cash! Metal yield is maybe the most sensible parameter when it comes to make an impact on the overall production economics. […]

Manage your production! (3 of 3)

Manage your production! (3 of 3)

Step 3 of 3 – Manage Your Production (Get the Good Tonnes Out – Step 3 of 3) Managing a well-functioning metals production is maybe far from the efforts required to bring it there but, nevertheless, it requires systematic and active work to make sure it stays in shape. This post focuses on the third step out of three in our series Get the Good Tonnes Out; Manage your production. If you feel you are yet not there, maybe you would be better off to first read the posts “Understand Your Production (part 1 of 3)” and “Take Control over Your Production (part 2 of 3)”. If not, then obviously you have […]

Take control! (2 of 3)

Take control! (2 of 3)

Step 2 of 3 – Take Control over Your Production (Get the Good Tonnes Out – Step 2 of 3) Taking control is defined as “the power to influence or direct people’s behaviour or the course of events” according to Oxford Dictionaries*. This definition is spot-on matching the production manager’s role; to influence and control in order to build an organization following production strategies chiseled out over the years. Unfortunately it is easy to derail and suddenly you find yourself as a manager to be controlled by the production instead of vice versa, which of course is a dangerous path. This post focuses on the second step of three in our […]

Understand Your Production (1 of 3)

Understand Your Production (1 of 3)

Step 1 of 3 – Understand Your Production (Get the Good Tonnes Out – Step 1 of 3) Liquid metals processing is complex. We are the first to acknowledge this. In fact there are few similarities between traditional manufacturing industry and liquid metals processing. Having said that, we still believe it is possible to stay in control and be proactive; it is just a little bit more complicated. This post reviews the first step of three in the series Get the Good Tonnes Out and focuses on the importance of understanding you production. In fact, this is absolutely fundamental to be able to form a rock-solid foundation to build upon. […]

Stuck in second gear?

Stuck in second gear?

Are you (and your production) stuck in second gear? We believe that most managers in the metals industry have a hard time to keep up with even the daily tasks. The more long-term planning and evaluations are likely to be out of scope for months. This is not viable over time and detrimental to the company. Productivity and quality will suffer and many decisions are made without really knowing what direction to go. But have faith – there are ways out of this treadmill: Step 1 – Make sure you understand you production. Step 2 – Take control of the production. Define a strategy for production according to your views. […]

Do you really need ladle management?

Do you really need ladle management?

Ladle management system is usually not top-ten on the investment priority list due to more urgent needs. But reconsider, at a small cost you will obtain full control and traceability on the critical events performed using the ladles. This will boost ladle performance and make most ladle-related production issues diminish. Besides, it will be hard to find a shorter ROI. We are talking weeks not years. Software is cheap, software services even cheaper and ladle refractory and ladle related costs represents a considerably expense in your production. So, I guess we stand corrected and rephrase our question; “Do you really need…” will be substituted by “What functionalities do you need in your ladle management […]

Does advanced technology work to your benefit?

Does advanced technology work to your benefit?

Thermal camera systems have never been cheaper! The continuous price drop the last years now makes the low-range thermal automation cameras possible to compete with high-end optical cameras. As two examples, the Flir systems A1X-series and Xenics Gobi-series are now available at very affordable prices. The low price comes at some cost, though in reduced performance: Slightly lower sensitivity, limited number of optics alternative, manual focus setting and a restricted temperature span are a few restrictions noted. But hey, those fancy features may be possible to live without in many applications! If so, a brand new world will open up. You will be surprised how some things visualize in the world of […]

Control the unknown – Uddeholms monitors slag carry-over

Control the unknown – Uddeholms monitors slag carry-over

The slag carry-over between process areas is one of the events with major quality and processing influence that still remains uncontrolled in most metal producing plants. An unknown quantity of slag carry-over between process areas will influence on both quality, processing and production. Quality Slag carry-over in most cases means to introduce an oxidizing slag into a reducing processing step. The following uncontrolled and undesired reoxidation will influence negatively on the product inner quality, with a likelihood of additional formation of non-metallic inclusions in the final product. Processing Introduction of additional oxygen into a process step is detrimental to all operations to be performed under reducing conditions, e.g. alloying and […]