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 […]

Ruukki Ladle Monitoring

Ruukki Ladle Monitoring

Read about how Ruukki monitors ladles in the ladle furnace operation to ensure a safe operation and avoid break-out. Metal break-out during procesing is a potentially dangerous event which occurs when least expected. The liquid metal penetrateing the ladle refractory and steel sheel will not only result in major ladle damages but in the worst case scenario loss of lives may occur. Even less dramatic events may be extremely costly in terms of damage equipments and loss of production tonnage. The Finnish steel producer Ruukki have decided to take safety first and monitor the ladle furnace operations to avoid dangerous situations. -“In our production personnel safety, production stability, and delivery accuracy […]

Slag Carry-Over – the Last Unknown?

Slag Carry-Over – the Last Unknown?

Slag carry-over in ladle refining operations is most likely one of the last unknowns in metals processing. No-one can for certain tell that the carry over amount is under control and does not influence on processing and product quality. We know for sure that the variation in sub-sequent processing operations due to uncontrolled slag carry-over is larger thn you would expect with very unfavorable consequences: Processing instability increases and targets are missed. Product quality suffer. This paper elaborates on the influence on processing, production, and product quality by slag carry-over in ladle refining operations. You will be surprised that something unknown and usually poorly controlled influences so strongly on your […]

Ladles – the Forgotten Process Area

Ladles – the Forgotten Process Area

Ladles in metals production is usually forgotten and just work – until they don’t. To avoid managing ladle handling and performance is a costly and risky strategy that could jeopardize your throughput and make your production costs skyrocket. Our perspective is that the ladles should be handled as any other process area – set your routines for handling and operations, register data and then follow-up and make improvements. In this paper we will discuss how to make this happen and make sure your ladle performance will never slow you down and make you miss your targets.

LadleSuite

LadleSuite

The Complete Ladle Handling Package LadleSuite assists you as a steelmaker to obtain total control of your ladles. Ladle management and thermal monitoring/prediction will ensure a safe and efficient production. Why LadleSuite? Do you need to have a more efficient handling of the ladle fleet to save costs? Have you realised that the cost associated with the ladle fleet is a major expense and the control could be better? Are you concerned about the producton safety with respect to ladles? Do you need a tool for tracking, control and evaluation of the ladles performance in real-time? LadleSuite key features As our most extensive package the LadleSuite contains three fully integrated sub-modules: […]

LadleHeat

LadleHeat

Ladle Thermal Status Tracking LadleHeat tracks all your ladles in circulation and calculates the thermal status at all times. The LadleHeat technological package supplies vital ladle information to your operators  to a precise temperature control on every heat. Why LadleHeat? Do you experience poor temperature control after tapping of your furnace? Do you feel you have uncontrolled variations in the ladle thermal status? Do you need a method to keep track of ladle and ladle fleet thermal status? Key features LadleHeat calculates the thermal status of all ladles in circulation – individually. The calculation keeps track of the ladle position and treatment. A thermal vision system identifies the empty ladles […]

LadleSlag

LadleSlag

Ladle Deslagging Control LadleSlag technology package monitors ladle deslagging operations and ensures that excessive slag carry over is avoided. Deslag evaluates the slag content and feeds information to the operator when a sufficient deslaging has been achieved. Why LadleSlag? Are you experiencing uncontrolled sulphur increases in the BOF? Are you experiencing uncontrolled reoxidation during ladle treatment influencing on product quality? Do you feel a need to narrow down process variations and operator dependency? Do you need to decrease your metal losses during deslagging? If you associate with any of the above, LadleSlag will assist you in solving your problem. Slag carry-over The problem with slag carry over is well known in steelmaking operations, occurring […]

LadlePurge

LadlePurge

Process Monitoring of Gas-stirring LadlePurge infrared monitoring of your gas stirred ladles (or other vessels) guarantees that the desired stirring intensity is maintained throughout the processing.LadlePurge direct measures the open eye and correlates this to the actual gas flow rate passing through the liquid metal. Why LadlePurge? Are you concerned about how much a poor gas flow control affects your product quality? Are you from time-to-time experience slag overheating in your ladle furnace due to poor stirring? As a steelmaker, do you experience a too high variation in reoxidation and non-metallic inclusion content? If you associate with any of the above, LadlePurge will assist you in solving your problem. Ladle gas purging through porous plugs As metallugists, […]

LadleSafe

LadleSafe

LadleSafe infrared monitoring of your steel ladles minimises the risk of liquid steel breakout and maximises your ladle refractory lifetime. Why LadleSafe? Are you constantly concerned about the potential risks of metal breakouts? Are you feeling that your ladle refractories sometimes could last a few more heats, but you must take safety first? Would you feel more confident in pushing the ladle refractory lifetime if a system scanned every ladle before it was sent to the casting bay? If the answer to any of the above is YES, LadleSafe will assist you to increase performance and safety. Ladle Breakout The risk of a ladle breakout will always be present in […]

LadleAdmin

LadleAdmin

Ladle Management for Metals Production LadleAdmin assists you as a metal producer to take control of your ladle whereabouts and events, regardless if the ladle is handled by your own personnel or a contractor. Ladle management will ensure that you track all present and historical events and covert them into key performance indicators. Why LadleAdmin? Do you need to have a more efficient handling of the ladle fleet to save costs? Do you need to capture critical ladle data from your own and others actions? Do you need a tool to track, control, and evaluate the ladles performance? Do you need full traceability for all ladle key data? Key features LadleAdmin collects […]