Tenova supplies TCF furnace to E-Max Billets in the Netherlands

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Tenova LOI Thermprocess has successfully completed the production optimization of a new twin-chamber melting furnace TCF® at E-Max Billets in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. (Courtesy: Tenova)

Tenova LOI Thermprocess has successfully completed the production optimization of a new twin-chamber melting furnace TCF® at E-Max Billets in Kerkrade, The Netherlands.

The furnace achieved the agreed performance parameters and is now the sole melting unit for higher contaminated scrap at the plant.

Tenova LOI Thermprocess, one of the leading companies in supplying industrial furnace systems for the heat treatment of metals, was awarded a contract for the engineering, supply, erection, and commissioning of another twin-chamber melting furnace TCF® (TFC) and a melting and casting furnace (MCF) for the production upgrade and modernization of the customer’s plant.

The previously operating two-chamber melting furnaces, which were also supplied and installed by Tenova LOI Thermprocess in 1990, were successively removed from current production and are now being demolished after 32 years of operation and 1.5 million tonnes of molten aluminum.

The new TCF achieves a daily output of 150 tonnes of liquid aluminum, reduces metal loss, and specific natural gas consumption per ton of molten aluminum by more than 20 percent.

Moreover, compared with former installations, the efficiency of the modern TCF technology allows for the treatment of higher contaminated scraps.

Regarding the remaining scope of work of the contract, the tiltable MCF will also be operating starting in spring 2023. As a new technology, this MCF can melt scraps with light contaminations of organics in a single furnace chamber. Special processing ensures less metal loss and safe integrated post- combustion, thereby reducing overall emissions, granting a sustainable and economic production of liquid aluminum.

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