Keeping industry moving.
The enormous temperatures required to produce steel cause tremendous stress to the materials used in blast furnaces and coke batteries. And they run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. That’s where refractory materials come in. They retain their strength at very high temperatures and ensure the safety and continuous operation of facilities. So it’s no surprise that 70% of refractory materials are consumed by the steel industry.
KAEFER specialises in minimising disruption to steel plants, oil and gas facilities, cement factories and power stations by partially shutting down targeted areas of a facility, while refractory materials are applied, repaired and replaced. KAEFER uses innovative materials and processes to ensure that refractory continues to perform at its optimum, as any issues with linings could mean the complete stoppage of a facility.
In the steel industry in particular, this is not an option, as a plant needs to be running at extreme temperature constantly. In Brazil, for example, we have worked on several large-scale projects where we used our innovative technologies and processes to maintain and optimise coke batteries. Using complex thermal control, we switch off individual battery ovens, fit the necessary refractory materials and bracing systems that hold them and move on to the next one. This ensures the constant operation of the facility.
KAEFER is one of the few companies in the world that can do this and our expertise can extend the life of certain components by 10 to 15 years. All the while ensuring that your business keeps moving during the process.
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Applications and specialisations
- Maintenance and installation of refractory linings
- Molded and unmolded refractory materials
- Different methods of installation using the pneumatic projection system, shed, poured, vibrated, shotcrete, pumped, pounded and hand molded material, hot and cold
- Antacids and fire protection
Types of materials
- Refractory and antacids
- Cement bases & non-cement bases
- Metallic materials