Metalloinvest Improves OEMK Ball Mill Productivity with New Crane
Russian steel maker Metalloinvest’s Alexey Ugarov Oskol Electrometallurgical Plant has installed an electromagnetic overhead crane at the ball rolling facility of the. The unit will move up to 700 tonnes of primary billets per day for the production of steel grinding balls, which is 300 tonnes more compared to an ordinary crane’s capacity.
The crane with load capacity of 10 tonnes and height of 12.7 metres was manufactured in Naberezhnye Chelny. The unit is able not only to move loads, but also to automatically determine the weight of a package of primary billets. The equipment was purchased as part of Metalloinvest's investment programme to increase the production capacity of the ball rolling facility.
Alexey Ugarov OEMK Rolling Mill 1 Chief Specialist in Technical Issues of the Mr Dmitry Koshelev said “Compared to the prior use of non-magnetic cranes, the new equipment allows to speed up the process of metal delivery and grow production volumes. Moreover, there is a significant reduction of the amount of manual labour required during loading, and the process is controlled from the crane cabin which increases the workplace safety.”