High yields achieved for forward thinking secondary aluminum producer
True cooperation delivers outstanding yield improvements and advanced controls development.
Issue: Air Products has been supplying technology to the secondary aluminum industry for over 30 years. In fact, most companies using oxy-fuel systems in this industry are using Air Products technology. Air Products’ patented High-Yield Oxy-fuel Burner was developed for use in rotary furnaces to minimize melt losses and flux usage, while increasing productivity. The benefits were proven in several beta sites and commercial installations in the US and Europe. To take it to the next level, and further quantify the benefits under various operating conditions, Air Products sought a forward thinking manufacturer.
Solution: Air Products turned to a secondary aluminum industry leader with unique capabilities. As yield is a very difficult parameter to measure accurately, we knew this cutting-edge company would be up to the challenge. Through proprietary software of their own, they were able to track the benefits of the innovative burner, by scrap type, in one of their rotary furnaces. Now they are converting all their furnaces to the new burner design. They are not only advocates of the yield improvement but are working with Air Products engineers to develop the next generation of advanced controls.