If your furnace is a bottleneck in your operation, it may be time to consider adding a new one. This article reviews the basics of furnace structure and style, refractory selection and combustion design. It concludes with a recent case study.
It’s no secret that manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with demand. That’s especially true for steel forgers, who are seeing backlogs of up to 18 months. But there are a few secrets to increasing the power of your process through smart furnace design, whether retrofitting an old furnace or building new. These secrets lie in your combustion design, burner placement, BTU calculations and refractory lining specifications.