Improving Steel Manufacturing Processes and Production Methods
Manufacture clean steel that meets the most stringent customer requirements
The steel industry faces increasing demand for clean and ultraclean steel with improved mechanical properties. Analytical instruments able to detect smaller inclusions over a larger sample area can help to prevent defects caused by "dirty steel" that affect quality and product performance.
With efficiency and sustainability in mind, steel producers also strive to produce quality strip in a manner that maximizes mill yield and minimizes scrap while meeting stringent customer specifications for thickness, width, hardness, and strength. Steel manufacturing and production methods using raw materials have improved significantly over the past decade, and scrap-based production is accounting for a larger portion of the total steel supply.
Whether you’re producing steel from iron ore or scrap, and your end product is several inch-thick slabs or galvanized sheet less than a millimeter thick, we offer a complete range of technologies that improve each stage of the steel manufacturing production process, from incoming raw materials to the final coating line.
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Monitor raw material feed with conveyor belt scale systems and weighbelt feeders. Analyze the raw material process stream with online elemental analysis. Optimize blast furnace performance with moisture online analyzers.
Achieve the precise dimensional measurements needed to ensure product uniformity and quality with metal thickness gauges for hot- and cold-rolling steel mills.
Improve product quality and improve efficiency with fast, accurate, comprehensive gas composition analysis, enabling efficient monitoring of primary and secondary conversion methods.
Produce clean steel that meets exact mechanical specifications using OES, XRF, and XRD for elemental analysis during the steelmaking process.
Ensure scrap metal is identified and sorted appropriately with handheld XRF analyzers. Protect your facilities with radiation detection instruments designed for scrap yards.
Monitor complete spectrum of gases for environmental compliance with our Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems.
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While much of the world's steel is still produced in primary steel processes, the need for steel with greater durability and corrosion resistance has led to the increased use of vacuum degassing processes. Learn how important fast and continuous gas analysis of the furnace exhaust gas is to secondary steel production—and how the Thermo Scientific Prima PRO Process Mass Spectrometer can help.
Prevent expensive plant decontamination and shutdown. Thermo Scientific ASM IV Automatic Scrap Monitoring Systems are configurable radiation monitors to prevent radioactive contamination from entering scrap metal and metal processing workflows. All ASM-IV radiation detectors are suited for portal monitoring applications that require the lowest possible alarm thresholds.
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A high-speed simultaneous profile gauge is an essential component of the mill. It provides not only critical dimensional information in real time for profile and shape control, but also the ability to identify defects before they impact the downstream process. This paper describes a stereoscopic x-ray profile gauge able to determine both the cross-thickness profile and the physical position of the strip in space.