The risk of water vapor explosions caused by molten iron vaporizing water – a negative side-effect of the condensation of exhaust gasses from gas burners – pose a significant safety risk for factories and employees within rodding processes. However, the control and reliability offered by electric heating elements can contribute to a far safer working environment.
For manufacturers utilizing ladle drying, our Kanthal® Super heating elements and Superthal® heating modules ensure a controlled and consistent drying experience.
“For manufacturers utilizing ladle drying, our Kanthal® Super heating elements and Superthal® heating modules ensure a controlled and consistent drying experience,” says Daniel Burton, Business Development Manager, Kanthal.
In addition, electric heating elements can further enhance the working environment by removing all the harmful gasses and emissions that come with gas burners, as well as significantly lower the noise level.
“The challenges posed by gas heating solutions run through all elements of ladle preheating in rodding shop processes”, says Daniel. “By replacing them with electric heating elements, you can have a huge impact on workplace safety.”
Four benefits to using electric heating for ladle drying in primary aluminum production
- Improved efficiency. Since far less heat is lost through exhaust gasses, electric heating offers far greater efficiency than conventional gas heaters.
- Reduced safety risk. As electric heating elements do not produce water vapor, the risk of explosion is significantly reduced.
- Enhanced working environment. In contrast to gas burners, electric heating causes no harmful exhaust gasses and operates in virtual silence, thus making a cleaner and quieter working environment for employees.
- Zero emissions. Electric heating generates no carbon dioxide emissions, significantly improving its environmental impact.
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