PLAN FOR MODERNIZATION OF A SECTION
THAT PREPARES STEEL-POURING LADLES: INTRODUCING
AND IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE OF MONOLITHIC LININGS
AND THE COMPLEX OF PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT
and I. Fomina
Translated from Novye Ogneupory, No. 4, pp. 34 – 39, April, 2013.
Original article submitted April 4, 2013.
This article describes a master plan developed for sections that prepare steel-pouring ladles for use. The plan
includes the selection and delivery of the refractory materials and equipment for the installing monolithic lin
ings in the ladles. The plan is implemented with consideration of production environment and operating con
ditions specific to the given factory. VGH AG employees provide technical support at every stage of the pro
Keywords: monolithic lining of steel-pouring ladles, modernization of a factory section, improvement of a
Founded in 1993, the company “VGH Viktoria Garten
“Hüttenindustriebedarf AG” is one of Europe’s leading pro-
ducers and suppliers of refractory products, in addition to
equipment and machinery used in steel production. The com-
pany provides a wide range of services related to refractories
production - from selecting the materials to the introduction
and commercial operation of different types of production
units and metallurgical equipment. It also develops compre
hensive solutions to problems connected with refractories
use and the modernization or complete outfitting of metallur
VGH AG has several subsidiaries: “Theramer GmbH,”
the VGH AG Center for Research and Quality Control, and
Petronix Engineering GmbH.
theramer GmbH — this company makes refractory ma
terials and functions as the industrial base for the production
of shaped and unshaped refractory products. It also provides
integrated solutions to problems in the refractories field,
completing individually tailored or system-wide projects in
collaborations with scientific research centers, laboratories,
and raw-materials producers (Fig. 1).
VGH AG Center for Research and Quality Control —
the center develops innovative technologies and creates and
selects refractory materials for specific service conditions. It
also performs multi-stage monitoring of product quality and
guarantees the quality indices of materials (Fig 2).
Petronix Engineering GmbH is an engineering firm
that designs and makes equipment and special machines. It
was founded in 2009. The decision to form this company was
made in order to be able to offer clients comprehensive solu
tions, including the “single-sourcing” of machine deliveries.
The extensive support that VGH AG gives to its team of
technical specialists allows the company to in turn give cli
ents post-installation technical support that can further ele
vate the performance of both upgraded equipment and new
equipment in order to improve production processes. The
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Fig. 1. The production facility of “Theramer GmbH.”.