Ultra Tech: efficient and cost effective piping solutions for abrasive materials
Industrial operations that work with abrasive materials, such as phosphate, will often suffer from worn-out piping. It’s true. The slurries that travel through piping systems will, rather quickly, wear away the steel pipe from the inside out.
Don’t just take Mining Global’s word for it, Bob Macey, the director of mining for Edgen Murray, global steel suppliers agree that a solution needs to be in place otherwise the cost of replacing that piping is going to outweigh pretty much everything else.
“We have a lot of expertise when it comes to abrasive materials, so we always recommend the most cost-effective product that could be used for wear,” he said.
Edgen Murray has recently taken on a large phosphate plant project in Saudi Arabia, in which the company will use Ultra Tech, a leader in global design, manufacturing and distribution of quality abrasion resistant piping systems and accessories.
The Saudi operation will include seven phosphate plants, with projections to suggest that it may be largest phosphate operation in the world.
So where does Ultra Tech come in?
Ultra Tech has been the leading manufacturer of induction hardened “Ultra 600”, a proprietary pipe that is developed through heat treating producing an abrasion resistant pipe that lasts “three to six times longer than mild steel”.
“When your operation includes processing abrasive slurry, you obviously want the best wear rate,” says Macey
“The technical expertise needed to make induction hardened pipe has to be precise
The Ultra Tech pipe has an inner surface hardness of a 600 Brinnel hardness number (BHN) and a ductile exterior of 250 BHN.
To find out more information about Ultra Tech, visit: www.ultratechpipe.com
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Axora launches global challenge for digital technology
Axora is launching the world’s first international competition to discover new cost-saving digital technology for industrial companies, which can produce rapid benefits within a year.
The Metals & Mining and Oil & Gas sectors have recently experienced budget cuts of 20% on average, driven by a variety of factors including the global pandemic, slump in demand and price wars. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge aims to transform these industries by discovering innovative, digital solutions that reduce cost fast and pay for themselves, whilst achieving the same or improved productivity, health and safety and sustainability standards.
“While digital solutions can help to get work done quicker and more cost-effectively, they typically require a three-year ROI, and if there’s no flexibility in the budget, a full budget planning cycle is needed to get things moving”, said Dr. Nick Mayhew, Chief Commercial Officer, Axora.
“Yet, extra financial cost is often incurred in delaying digital projects, so customers have asked us to highlight solutions that can have an ‘in year payback’ whereby the cost spent on the solution and deployment will be more than recovered within the budget year - this accelerates the timeline and drives positive business impact, quickly.”
The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge
Axora is keen to learn of any digital cost-saving innovation which: meets the 12-month payback timeframe; can be deployed in any part of the value chain including upstream, downstream or midstream oil and gas, metals processing or mining; and is ready for market. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge is open to entrepreneurs, start-ups, academics and sector leaders across the world. The competition will be judged by a panel of leading industry experts.
“We’re passionate about supporting our industries and customers through all forms of digital transformation and the cost-saving solutions we are searching for could also provide a lifeline to many mining and metals and oil and gas companies in the current economic climate,” added Dr. Mayhew.
Improving productivity, safety and sustainability
Up to ten finalists will be chosen to pitch their solutions at a digital pitch day later this year, after which Axora will validate the ROI models and vet the solutions. The winner will receive the ‘Axora Market Accelerator’ sales and marketing package worth £10,000. This includes a two-hour workshop, promotion through Axora’s thought leadership content and inclusion into its digital demand engines, providing the opportunity for the winning solution to benefit thousands of industrial companies. Entries are open until May 31. Full details of the competition including terms and conditions can be found here.
To learn more about the Axora B2B digital solutions marketplace read our feature in the latest issue of Mining Global magazine.