Buckets are a big problem for us,” Ronald admits. “Finding steel that doesn’t change structure when heated to more than 700°C is difficult, but essential in our business. We are currently trialing a new range of buckets made using more high tensile steel that could improve the durability compared to other buckets by up to three times.”
The slag is a valuable and useful by-product of smelting ore, Ronald says: “Unlike other industrial by-products, slag actually has many uses and rarely goes to waste. It can appear in concrete and aggregate road materials, to add a bulk consistency to the mixture. Harsco is very aware of its duty to care for the environment and recycling is one way to ensure materials do not go to waste.
“We have been working with Volvos for many years at our sites across the world,” Ronald continues. “The machines use less fuel and are easy to operate – two essential features in our working environment.”
Harsco Metals was established in 1953 when it was known as the Harris Steel Corporation, and in 1956 the Harsco Corporation was formed. Operating at 160 metal production sites in 30 countries, Harsco is one of the biggest service providers for steel industries in the world. Its local Volvo CE service provider, Jern & Maskin AS, is supporting the machine fleet to maintain uptime in this severe environment.
Keeping your cool while loading ‘molten lava’
One of the harshest working environments for a wheel loader shifting liquid slag at 1,300°C
Safety first: machine’s work in pairs, keeping their distance in case of an explosion