Ukrainian ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, a metallurgy plant, has commissioned a new overhead crane with a cabin made of six layers of basalt insulation boards. The overhead crane was installed in the blooming mill to move hot cast slabs from the steel melting shop. The temperature of such slabs exceeds 1000 °C.
This is a second overhead crane, which has been produced by Kharkov Lifting & Transportation Equipment Plant Ltd. (KLTEP) for ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih to operate in the steel mill. The metallurgy plant plans to buy the third one in 2017.
The crane features a complex system customized according to the customer’s requirements, taking into account all the preferences. The cost of such a crane exceeds 680 thousand dollars, and, as KLTEP site stresses the more reliable this crane, the more successful the entire enterprise.
The manufacturers took care of crane operators and designed a cabin with a high-tech basalt insulation boards. It allows the operators to be protected from high-temperature impacts. Thus, the employees don’t suffer from uncomfortable temperature conditions and focus exclusively on the working process.
Basalt insulation boards are manufactured of super-thin basalt fiber and a bentonite binder. This material can withstand constant temperatures about 700 °C and short-term temperatures up to 900 °C.