Gerdau Completes Construction of Vacuum Degasser
Steel manufacturer Gerdau recently started its new twin tank vacuum degassing system at its Monroe, Mich., mill. The new equipment is part of the facility’s overall $155.6 million investment project, which started several years ago. Also included in this project is a continuous caster that became operational in October 2012; the installation of six additional rolling-mill stands and a new walking-beam reheat furnace that will be completed in the fourth quarter of this year; and new straightening and quality inspection equipment that will be in use by the end of 2014. In conjunction with the rolling-mill upgrades, the input billet size will increase to 210-mm (8.3-inch) squares, which will result in a higher reduction ratio that will allow Gerdau to develop new products.