Core Furnace Systems (CORE) completed the start-up of a 300-ton/hour walking-beam furnace for reheating slabs at WCI Steel’s Warren, Ohio, hot strip mill. The new fuel-efficient furnace, which replaced three pusher-type reheat furnaces, is equipped with state-of-the-art low NOx burners. CORE also designed and supplied the complete control and automation package, which features an advanced thermal model-based Level 2 control system.

The walking-beam furnace provides WCI with the ability to reheat longer slabs, resulting in more consistent quality product. CORE is a leader for the design and supply of reheat, heat-treating, specialty and carbon-processing furnaces.