GHI will inaugurate in Sidenor Basauri two lines for heat treatment of steel bars, 130m long, high flexibility and 4.0 connectivity.
This is a strategic order for GHI, as it inaugurates a new generation of heat treatment furnaces, consisting of significant technological advances. They will also be the first to be built with the ‘lean’ model, which has been implemented in our workshop.
The project includes the construction of two 100 metre furnaces plus their entry and exit tables and the cooling system, which add another 30 metres to each line, in whose design GHI has collaborated intensively with the client.
Jose Berasategui, general manager of GHI, points out that these equipments represent a great qualitative advance due to the great operational flexibility of this solution, which is based on the high speed of configuration and parameter change, both in permanence times and temperatures.
With these furnaces, Sidenor will expand the range of bar qualities with various combinations of treatments (globular, isothermal and subcritical anneals; annealing; tempering; distensioning; normalizing and cooling) and programs, which will move between the shortest 6-hour range and the longest 28-hour range.
The lines will be able to treat packages from 5 to 10 tons with bars from 3 to 12 meters long and diameters from 20 to 120 millimeters. These pieces will be automatically fed and aligned across the width of the loading table, improving operator safety.
The target is for the two lines to be fully operational by April 2020 and for equipment replacement to take place within tight deadlines and without production downtime. The first line is already in the assembly phase in Sidenor, and the second in the testing period in our workshop.