ArcelorMittal Fontaine chooses EFD Induction
Belgium-based steel wire specialists ArcelorMittal Fontaine has bought an EFD Induction Sinac induction generator for pre-heating steel strands. The Sinac is a low- frequency 200 kW model.
The EFD Induction Sinac system will pre-heat steel strands destined for use in demanding construction and engineering projects.
Delivered at the end of 2009, the EFD Induction Sinac is being used to produce pre-stressed steel. This material, consisting of metal wires and strands made of wire rod, is mainly used in the construction industry. Together with various forms of concrete it can be used for balconies, foundation piles, underground engineering and bridge building.
Sales executive Rémus Carlier of EFD Induction in France said: “ArcelorMittal Fontaine took delivery of a Sinac system in 2007, and based on their positive experience decided to add this latest order. We’re also looking at the possibility of replacing more of their existing rotation generators with induction heating alternatives.”
According to Carlier, the prestressed steel wire sector is one of the few industrial sectors to remain unaffected by the global economic crisis. “Governments worldwide have invested heavily in infrastructure projects—something that has helped keep the demand for steel wire buoyant.”