Elkem Carbon Solutions
Tapping into your furnace potential
Tap hole solutions
A well-maintained tap-hole channel is important to achieve good and stable furnace operation over time. It’s also high-risk area due to the frequently repeated procedure of opening and closing. As incidents in this area can have disastrous consequences, the design and maintenance of tap-holes is a crucial factor.
For more than 30 years we have supported our customers worldwide with maintaining a well-functioning tap-hole channel. A worn or short tap-hole channel can lead to more violent flow, significantly increasing the fume emissions during tapping and leading to more metal being mixed with and lost to the slag. Over time, a worn tapping channel might cause side channels and damage to the lining around the tap-hole area. This can result in a burn-through which is a considerable safety risk and will cause significant production losses.
Over the years, we have worked closely with our customers to support and optimize their furnace operations. We have high problem-solving skills and come from a proactive service culture. We understand our customer’s world and the challenges they face. Together, we can partner for positive change.
We have the knowledge and experience to assist you with any queries or assistance needs with regards to ELTAP™ materials and their usage.
- On-site technical visits
- Problem Solving
- Customized products follow-up and development.
- Collaboration with development work.
- Design of tapholes
- Support choice of correct ELTAP material
- Delivery of ELTAP products and prebaked materials
- Installation guidance
- Quality control of installation
- Heat-up procedures
- Baking of tapholes
- Temperature measurements and simulations
Learn more about our high-performing repair pastes for tap-holes, tapping launders, and ladles.
R&D at the heart of our business
At Elkem Carbon Solutions R&D is the key to develop sustainable innovation. We aim to always improve our products and solutions and develop new ones.