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H-22 Economically Increases Production 50%
Furnace: Incon H-22
Product: Horticultural Perlite
Location: Richmond California USA
Requirement: Economically Increase Production with Limited Space
"OUR PRODUCTION RATES INCREASED MORE THAN 50% WHILE THE INSTALLATION COST ONLY 30% THE COST OF A NEW LINE"
Incon suggested replacing one of the older furnaces with their latest model, the H-22, which incorporated many improvements in furnace design over the older furnace. The H-22 being 5 feet taller would require some modification of the ore feed elevator but most of the rest of the existing production line could be retained.
"INSTALLATION TOOK ONLY TWO DAYS."
The suggestion was implemented at a net cost that was about 30% of the cost of an entirely new line if there had been enough space to put the line in. Dennis Clarke was very pleased that the elapsed time from shutting down the old furnace to the startup of the new H-22 was only 2 days. The loss of needed production was minimized by the trouble-free installation.
"WE ARE VERY PLEASED. IN ADDITION TO THE NEEDED PRODUCTION, ALL OF OUR UNIT COSTS WENT DOWN."
With the two furnaces operating side-by-side and all conditions equal, Norcal found the H-22 to give over 50% more product while consuming only 20% more energy and essentially eliminating reject droppings from the furnace bottom.
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