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.

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Our services

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