Steel Degassing Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Wins Order for Steel Degassing
Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum wins another steel degassing order: Jailaxmi Casting & Alloys, an Indian steel producer, was convinced by the innovative systems and redundant components.
Mumbai/India – "The new system offers the right parameters to significantly reduce energy costs while at the same time being designed to guarantee a stable production process," explains Inamdar Shrikant, Regional Sales Manager for India. Molten metals contain dissolved gases which can have a harmful effect on the metal during processing. In order to remove these gases safely and refine the metal, the secondary metallurgic treatment is performed using a vacuum. The appropriate vacuum is therefore generated via suitable vacuum systems.
Last year, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum developed a modular vacuum solution for this purpose which has since been successfully implemented around the world for a variety of applications in steel treatment. The mechanical vacuum system meets the tough demands that have been placed on steelworks in terms of reducing emissions and operating costs. Using a modern vacuum system for this process step instead of relying on traditional steam-jet techniques can reduce energy consumption by up to 90 percent.
Growth on Strategically Important Markets
The new order is for a compact mechanical vacuum system for a 35-ton tank degasser. It will incorporate the latest series of Ruvac WH7000 roots pumps and the dry screw pump Dryvac DV1200. The robust pumps are suitable for use in processes that generate high levels of dust and steam, and the easy maintenance keeps operating costs low.
The new order has increased Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum's market share in strategically important areas. The company's systems are already in use in steelworks in Germany, Italy and China, where batches of up to 120 tons are treated. "This order from India is a positive sign that Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum's vacuum systems are considered efficient and sustainable by the steel market. It also demonstrates the company's successful entry into a strategically important growth market," said Dr. Martin Füllenbach, CEO of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum.