Electrification takes central stage at CastExpo 2019

The advantages of switching from fossil-fuel-powered heating to electric is in focus when Daniel Burton, business manager at Kanthal® Services, gives his talk and presents Kanthal’s product launches at CastExpo.

The future is electric, predicts Daniel Burton, business manager at Kanthal® Services. As the world moves toward a greener, more sustainable future, more and more operators will switch from fossil fuels to electricity for heating processes.

Daniel Burton, business manager, Kanthal® Services

At CastExpo 2019, Kanthal® will launch two new service offerings, Process Labs and Pilot Plant, with all the necessary equipment and resources to test your new heating process ideas, regardless of scope.

“Our centers have the capacity to help you find the best solution from the smallest-scale process tests to full, industrial-scale process testing,” Burton says.

The future of industrial heating

Electric heating has the potential to be 100 percent carbon-neutral if the energy used is generated from a renewable source. Renewable electrical energy is getting cheaper by the year, and if this trend continues, it will soon be the most cost-effective way to heat to high temperatures. Depending on where you are in the world, it could take more or less time, but, eventually fossil fuel will be replaced with renewables.

That is why Kanthal® is also launching the Heliothal™ LT electric ladle heater at CastExpo. The model is recommended for foundries processing nonferrous metals with a lower melting point than 1472°F (800 deg C), which include aluminum, zinc, tin and lead.

“Our new Heliothal™ ladle heater is specially designed and developed for processes not requiring the very highest temperature ranges,” Burton continues. “It is a robust, affordable and effective solution.”

Sustainability with outstanding performance

Sustainability is one of several drivers behind the transition toward electricity. Burton says operators also want to control their process better, improve temperature uniformity and ensure a safe working environment. He says electric furnaces currently outperform gas furnaces and other fossil fuel fired furnaces in every one of these areas.

“Electric heating is up to six times more efficient than gas heating, resulting in considerably less energy consumption,” Burton says. “This in turn reduces costs and minimizes emissions.

“Using electricity is also safer, as there is substantially less risk of fire or explosions,” he says. “The same goes for noise pollution, which is an issue when using gas heaters but non-existent with electricity. The increased safety and reduced noise and emissions combine to create a huge safety advantage and a significantly more pleasant working environment.”

Burton says the change is coming, and those who get on board now will have an advantage.

“It’s better to be an early adopter instead of being left behind by the competition – especially since a technology switch like this typically takes some years to develop and implement,” Burton concludes.

To learn more from Daniel Burton, visit CastExpo 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 27 and 28 at 2 pm, booth 2155.