Edwards has installed a modular steel degassing system in a large steel
producer in Italy, replacing an existing steam ejector system which had
high running costs and energy usage. The steel manufacturer, which
produces 1.5 million tons per year of high quality steel for the
automotive and power industries, has had 6 Edwards' mechanical steel
degassing modules installed. Key in the decision to use Edwards' steel
degassing vacuum equipment was that the system is modular - its
standardized concept provides an easy installation and integration,
securing immediate reduction of running costs.
The mechanical steel degassing system from Edwards enables the customer
to enjoy the immediate readiness of the system compared to steam
ejectors, which require heating up time, providing an increase in
productivity, reliability and consistency. In the unlikely event of pump
failure the modular design of the system ensures high uptime in a
simple, reliable way, and provides improved stability.
Edwards has the largest installed base of dry pumps in the global steel
industry, and this experience in steel degassing, together with the
field proven quality and performance of Edwards' pumps, were other major
factors in winning the steelproducer's confidence in Edwards.
Alessandro Vila, Sales Manager, Europe at Edwards, commented, "Thanks to
the pioneering work of Edwards, energy saving mechanical vacuum systems
are today almost a standard in vacuum degassing. Nowadays steel plants
are increasingly eager to replace their energy consuming steam ejectors
and we are proud to be the supplier of choice in product and support".
Edwards' mechanical steel degassing system uses multi stage mechanical
boosters supported by dry screw primary vacuum pumps. Increasingly
mechanical dry pumps are replacing traditional steam ejectors as the
vacuum technology of choice. Lower running costs, higher pumping speeds,
predictable maintenance and lower environmental impact all lend weight
to the case for mechanical dry pumps. The savings in energy costs from
using dry mechanical pumps are high compared to steam ejectors.
For further information about Edwards' steel degassing products please
Edwards is a leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum
products, abatement systems and related value-added services. These are
integral to manufacturing processes for semiconductors, flat panel
displays, LEDs and solar cells; are used within an increasingly diverse
range of industrial processes including power, glass and other coating
applications, steel and other metallurgy, pharmaceutical and chemical;
and for both scientific instruments and a wide range of R&D applications.
Edwards has over 3,200 full-time employees and 500 temporary workers
operating in approximately 20 countries worldwide engaged in the design,
manufacture and support of high technology vacuum and exhaust management
Further information about Edwards can be found at www.edwardsvacuum.com.
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