The modern steel industry has been vital to the world’s industrial economy since the 1800s and is expected to continue to grow. In fact, the World Steel Association predicts steel use will increase by 20% by the year 2050 to meet the needs of our growing population.
Within steel mills, the harsh operating conditions result in damage to machinery over time, but replacing components is costly, both economically and for the environment. Belzona offers a range of solutions for the repair and protection of machinery, equipment, buildings and structures within the steel industry.
What are the Key Challenges Faced by Steel Industry Equipment?
From rolling mills to blast furnaces, critical equipment in the steel industry is susceptible to an array of challenges, including corrosion, erosion, abrasion, chemical attack, and structural integrity issues. To exacerbate this further, deteriorating equipment is often situated in hard-to-reach locations with high temperatures and pressures. If not addressed, these problems can force the shutdown of equipment, increase maintenance costs and become a health and safety hazard.
What are the Benefits of Using Belzona in the Steel Industry?
Belzona’s solutions offer excellent performance in extreme environments. As they can be applied on-site, this ensures that a fast and efficient application process can be achieved. Their rapid-curing properties reduce downtime and labour costs, increasing the operational efficiency of the plant.
Belzona’s systems are also inherently sustainable. By offering advanced repair and protection materials, we extend the lifespan of equipment, while also curbing waste generation. By decreasing the need for frequent replacements, we help businesses reduce their carbon footprints.
What are Belzona’s Typical Applications within Steel Mills?
Belzona’s top application areas in the steel industry focus on surface protection, as machinery in steel plants operates under demanding conditions.
- Internal Linings for Process Equipment: Belzona provides internal linings for an array of process equipment, including tanks, vessels, heat exchangers, pumps and pipework.
- Cold-Applied Solutions: Our cold-applied solutions include composite wraps and cold bonding techniques. These solutions restore and reinforce equipment, enhancing its durability despite rough conditions.
- Abrasion-Mitigating Solutions: Belzona offers abrasion-mitigating solutions for solids handling machinery with metallic or elastomeric substrates.
- Concrete Repair and Protection: Our solutions can quickly restore the containment areas and withstand a broad range of aggressive chemicals, including hot acids and concentrated acids.
The Future of Belzona in the Steel Industry
It is vital that steel producers drive sustainability in every possible asset of their company. By choosing Belzona, steel manufacturers are prioritising repair and protection of machinery and equipment, rather than replacement. In this way, the use of Belzona in the steel industry should only increase as we move towards a more sustainable future.
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Content Creator at Belzona Inc., Harrogate, UK.