Minerals Technologies Installs First Fully Automated Laser Refractory Measuring System for BOFs
NTMK is one of the largest fully integrated steel production facilities in Russia, producing railway goods (wheels and rails) construction products, pipe blanks and semi-finished products. It is a unit of the EVRAZ Group S.A., the 15th largest producer of steel in the world. Minteq International Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Minerals Technologies Inc., integrated its Scantrol® system with the company’s Lacam® laser measuring equipment to provide seamless gunning of refractory material for furnace maintenance in a fully automated approach. Han Schut, Vice President of Minteq International, explained that the company has done similar installations for electric arc furnaces (EAFs), but that “this is the first time the refractory shooter is directly controlled by the laser readings of the Lacam® unit for BOFs, thereby saving the steel maker both valuable time and refractory material costs in the steel-making process.“ Minerals Technologies Inc. is a global resource- and technology-based growth company that develops, produces and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services. The company recorded sales of USD 1,04 billion in 2011 (4/2012).