AK Steel Melts First Heat in New EAF
According to AK Steel, the new furnaces will enable the company to lower production costs, increase steelmaking capacity and improve the quality of all of Butler Works’ products. They also give AK Steel greater flexibility in adjusting production levels and product mix of electrical, stainless and carbon steels, depending upon market conditions. The EAF uses recycled steel scrap as the primary raw material. The steel scrap is loaded into the furnace and melted at temperatures that can be higher than 3000°F. The LMF is an intermediate steel-processing unit that refines the chemistry and temperature of the molten metal prior to continuous casting.