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03.02.2006

Befesa awarded the construction of an ingoting belt for Slovalco's primary aluminum foundry

Befesa has signed a contract with Slovalco, a producer of more than 150,000 tons per year of primary aluminum in Slovakia, for the construction of an ingoting belt that will increase pouring productivity while improving ingot quality. The estimated value of the project is in excess of one million euro and includes the design and construction, assembly and delivery, supervision of the installation process and start-up of the ingoting line.

The work will be conducted by Befesa Aluminio Bilbao through Tecnología Remetal, a division dedicated to the design and sale of equipment for the aluminum and zinc industrial sectors.

The installation will comprise the following units:

  • Ingoting line with a 25 ingot per minute pouring capacity.
  • Automatic flow control system.
  • All layer marking system.
  • Batch marking system with colored lines.
  • Operation control system based on the In-touch system.

The up-to-the-minute monitoring system will provide information on facility operation. The real-time evolution of each pour and status of the machinery can be visualized locally or through the company's computer network. The increase in the constant control of the production status enables rapid reaction in the event of stoppages of non-programmed machines and, therefore, reduces down-time costs.

Aluminum is a modern metal that has been around for little more than 100 years, and is part and parcel of all humanity's works and activities; to be precise, those that are considered to be the most advanced from a technical point of view. Aluminum is a very light and resistant metal that can be adapted to different applications by modifying the composition of the alloy. In a natural manner, aluminum generates a layer of oxide that makes it resistant to corrosion. It is also an excellent heat and electricity conductor and, at the same time, a good reflector. In addition, this metal can be 100% recycled without wasting its qualities. The recycling process requires only 5% of the energy necessary to produce the initial primary metal.