As domestic production of steel and aluminum continues its upward trajectory, the furnaces used in mills to process these metals are running at near capacity to meet surging demand. Ramped-up production of steel and aluminum is taking a toll on the refractories installed to protect furnace linings against mechanical stress, abrasion, and corrosion.

Fast Refractory Repair for Steel, Aluminum Furnaces

Nov. 12, 2018
Precast refractory shapes for quick lining replacement in recurring high-wear zones

PLIBRICO is offering its Redi-Shapes line of precast refractory shapes for quick lining replacement in recurring high-wear zones — helping high-volume operations to maintain productivity rates during periods of high activity. Custom-engineered Redi-Shapes are formed to exact specifications, in any size or configuration, and supplied ready to install, to reduce downtime and lower repair costs.

Redi-Shapes precast shapes are manufactured from high-quality castable and plastic refractory materials. The refractories control heat loss, and overcome the problems imposed by controlled atmospheres or reactive environments.

In-plant manufacturing conditions enhance consistent production, and Plibrico’s molds are engineered to ensure perfectly contoured, dimensionally accurate shapes. Precast shapes may be supplied from 10-lb. bricks to 15,000 lb. engineered blocks.

Redi-Shapes can be manufactured and zoned in the furnace to resist specific problem areas such as abrasion, erosion, thermal shock, and metal and slag penetration. Custom firing also optimizes shape properties for specific applications.

Precast shapes allow operators to isolate repairs and return quickly to production. Confining replacement work to high-wear areas eliminates costly, time-consuming tear-outs of major portions of the adjacent refractory lining. Quick installation of Redi-Shapes reduces downtime and saves on labor costs.
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