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U.S. Patent No. 9,702,022 for de-coating aluminum scrap with a Multiple Hearth Furnace

January 16, 2018

In partnership with Bloom Engineering, Industrial Furnace Company is proud to announce that it has received U.S. Patent No. 9,702,022 for de-coating aluminum scrap with a Multiple Hearth Furnace.

The secondary aluminum industry is huge, accounting for nearly 60% of the US aluminum production according to a US Geological Survey. Secondary recovery rates are extremely important, as losses must be replaced with primary metal, which is extremely energy intensive.

There are three main categories of secondary scrap, defined by their volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as a percentage of weight:

  • Low: <5%
  • Medium: 5% - 25%
  • High: >25%

Low VOC scrap (“clean”) that is easier to process is becoming less available, and more expensive, whereas High VOC (“dirty”) scrap is more readily available. Current de-coating technologies frequently have difficult processing higher VOC scrap, creating high specific energy consumption, incomplete removal of coatings, oxidation of the metal, and low recovery rates.

Our patented process has shown that we are able to successfully remove the coatings from many different types of scrap aluminum, including high VOC scrap that is difficult to process with today’s technology. Our testing showed that the aluminum retained its form, and the coatings are completely removed with little evidence of surface oxidation, resulting in extremely high recovery rates.

Check out our patent here:  http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&d=PALL&S1=9,702,022.PN.&OS=PN/9,702,022&RS=PN/9,702,022

 

 

 

Another example of IFCO's full-service capabilities!

January 9, 2018

OSHA compliant 'system scaffold' design build with 6 foot outrigger erection for an FBI refractory roof with expansion joint inspection and repairs.  All refractory wall penetrations patched and a complete Refractory Dome seal coating provided.  

This project was a great example of IFCO being a full service industrial contractor. 

Burner Boxes for MHFs

December 7, 2017

IFCO has engineered, assembled in our UL-listed shop, and supplied over 500 burner boxes for MHFs. Some examples are pictured below.

Another successful project completed in Upstate NY

June 29, 2017

IFCO recently completed a project to upgrade an SSI Multiple Hearth Furnace in upstate New York. We supplied IFCO special-shape drop holes, new hearths, new burners, a centershaft section, arms, teeth and a top bearing. We also provided 13 new burner control panels and 1 combustion control panel. Following installation, IFCO provided training for the employees in this waste water treatment plant. Pictured below is IFCO engineer Tim Quandt conducting classroom training and field training with the employees on-site.

State-of-the-Art Combustion Control Panels Supplied to Wastewater Customer

February 21, 2017

IFCO recently supplied 13 state-of-the-art combustion control panels to a wastewater customer. These shipped factory-tested directly from IFCO’s UL Listed panel shop. 

Another Successful MHF Installation in Europe!

November 2, 2016

Pictured below is another successful MHF installation in Europe! Not only was the final product a great achievement for IFCO, but it was also completed in a timely fashion. Installation was 10 months from Contract to Production.

IFCO Continues Membership with Contractor Prequalification Sites

September 8, 2016

Many of IFCO's customers are utilizing prequalification services for the contractors they hire. IFCO maintains membership with ISNetworld, BROWZ, and Avetta (formerly known as PICS), along with other smaller prequalification programs. 

IFCO continues to provide MACT training

August 23, 2016

Pictured below is IFCO's Mike Hilton, providing MACT training for employees of a wastewater treatment plant. IFCO has performed six MACT compliance upgrade projects in the last year. Program evaluations have shown excellent ratings for our recent trainings!

It's not too late to contact us!

Trench Rehabilitation

August 9, 2016

IFCO also specializes in polymer concrete applications engineered specifically for:  floor resurfacing, creating pitch or slope in process areas, column and pump pad rebuilds/repairs, trench rehabilitations, etc.

Trowel Down Epoxy Mortar Specialists

July 20, 2016

The employees at IFCO also specialize in trowelable epoxy mortar applications. Previous applications have been engineered for chemical plants, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, and the power industry. IFCO has completed applications in these facilities all over the country.

Another Quality MHF Heads to the Docks for Export

June 28, 2016

IFCO continues to expand it's international sales. The picture below features rabble arms and teeth on their way to Europe! 

Power Plant Rehab

June 15, 2016

Below is an example of IFCO's specialty lining systems. This one is an ultra-high strength, wear-resistant, carbon-reinforced system. When finished, it was 3 times stronger than the metal tank in its original condition. 

 

IFCO stays current with safety training

June 9, 2016

IFCO continues to stay current with the safety standards applicable to our industry.  Just recently, employees completed a 10 hour OSHA refresher course, and IFCO is also incorporating MSHA training into its annual training. IFCO wants to be sure that employees are always up-to-date on the proper safety procedures and safety equipment relevant to their duties. 

 

 

IFCO begins project in China

March 1, 2016

Industrial Furnace is very excited to begin a new project in China.  Pictured are workers unloading and assembling a Vertical Shaft Kiln Process Control System engineered by IFCO.  Logistics for these parts as well as all related items for construction of this VSK are provided by the team at Industrial Furnace Company. Currently we have projects underway not only in the US, but also in Turkey, Greece, Ireland, Austria, Saudi Arabia, India and Canada.

IFCO Performs System Optimization for Sludge Burning

December 16, 2015

IFCO  has recently been providing more companies with complete system optimization for both Multiple Hearth Furnaces and Fluidized Bed Incinerators. The scope of services includes data gathering, visual inspections of current incinerators, operations staff interviews and monitoring, and a complete summary report of the findings. The summary report includes an assessment of the existing system and an evaluation of any process or configuration variations with regard to how they might negatively impact the Plant’s operations and maintenance. The reports also address the level of effort and steps required to optimize the Incinerator to its peak performance levels and, if necessary, bring the equipment up to current standards and codes.