ANDRITZ to supply new furnace plant for production of railroad tracks to voestalpine, Austria


International technology Group ANDRITZ has been awarded an order to supply a new walking beam furnace for the Donawitz plant of voestalpine Schiene GmbH, Austria, Europe’s leading supplier of railroad tracks.

Start-up is scheduled for the beginning of 2016.

ANDRITZ Maerz will supply the turnkey furnace plant with an output of 185 t/h, including steel structure, refractory lining, transport system, combustion system, instrumentation and control system, mathematical furnace model to optimize the various thermal furnace processes, buffer bed with separating systems, feed conveyor with automatic billet identification, and a complete hot water cooling plant with recooling and emergency cooling systems.

In order to make best possible use of the residual heat from the waste gases, a heat recovery plant is planned to supply the district heating system. Thanks to ANDRITZ heating technology, heat consumption can be reduced to a minimum in spite of the very uniform temperature maintained, and maximum reductions can be achieved in emissions of NOx and CO.

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The ANDRITZ GROUP is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed, international technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of around 23,800 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 production sites as well as service and sales companies all around the world. The ANDRITZ GROUP ranks among the global market leaders in all four of its business areas. One of the Group’s overall strategic goals is to strengthen and extend this position. At the same time, the company aims to secure the continuation of profitable growth in the long term.

The business area is one of the leading global suppliers of complete lines for the production and processing of stainless steel, carbon steel, and non-ferrous metal strip. These lines consist of equipment for cold rolling, heat treatment, surface finishing, strip coating and finishing, punching and deep drawing, and for the regeneration of pickling acids. In addition, the business area supplies turnkey furnace systems for the steel, copper, and aluminum industries, as well as laser and resistance welding equipment for the metalworking industry. The Schuler Group, Germany, fully consolidated as from March 1, 2013, is also part of the business area. As global market and technology leader in metal forming, Schuler supplies machines, production lines, dies, process know-how, and services for the entire metalworking industry. Its customers include car manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as companies in the forging, household equipment, packaging, energy, and electrical industries. Schuler is also the market leader in coin minting technology and offers system solutions for the aerospace and railway industries.

ANDRITZ will supply a turnkey walking beam furnace with a capacity of 185 t/h to voestalpine Schiene, Austria, for the production of high-quality railroad tracks.

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