LOI Receives Furnace Contract in China
LOI Thermprocess GmbH (Essen, Germany; http://www.loi.de) received a contract from Angang Group International Trade Co. of China to supply two roller-hearth furnaces to heat treat heavy plate sections. The furnaces are designed to handle different plate widths One furnace will be used to heat treat low-alloy carbon steel plates up to 2.8 m wide weighing up to 15 t. The other system includes a roller hearth furnace and a roller quench facility to heat treat low-alloy plates up to 4.8 m wide weighing up to 30 t. The special quench technology used ensures the plates are very level after treatment, reducing the need for subsequent straightening. LOI also will supply a fully automated control system for all operations of the two lines. The furnaces are due to be commissioned in the second half of 2006.