Welcome to our Insight blog where you will find stories and announcements that pertain to the industries Pyrotek serves, from aluminium to zinc galvanizing to glass to acoustics to battery materials and more.
Electromagnetic Priming of Aluminium Filtration Systems: Pyrotek EM-DF
by David Cole | 17 February 2023
Learn about the Pyrotek Electromagnetic Deep Filtration (EM-DF) System
Come and visit us at the TMS 2023 Annual Meeting & Exhibition March 19–23, 2023 | San Diego Convention Center & Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
Major Foundry in Spain Installs Pyrotek Degassing Units to Optimize Metal Treatment
by David Cole and Saul Gracia Villacampa | 31 January 2023
MAPSA Has Chosen Pyrotek for Advanced Degassing Technology Expansion.
Pyrotek Receives Contractor Award from Constellium Muscle Shoals
by David Cole | 7 June 2022
Constellium Muscle Shoals' aluminium manufacturing operation in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA, presented Pyrotek with a "Contractor of the Year Award," following molten metal furnace refractory relining and maintenance work. Since 2015, Pyrotek's refractory services team has been providing refractory linings for furnaces, crucibles, and troughs for Constellium Muscle Shoals.
Ceramite Dual-Cast Crucibles Offer Maximum Life
by David Cole | 1 June 2022
At 2.5 tonnes capacity for molten metal, a Pyrotek Ceramite® Dual-Cast Crucible transfer ladle is the largest in use today at any foundry in Western Europe. It’s currently performing successfully for premium automotive foundry in Germany.
Blansko Earns Renewable Energy Certificate
by David Cole | 17 May 2022
As the European aluminium industry keeps pushing suppliers to be more "green," Pyrotek Blansko is already in a great position to meet targets as leaders there have made sure operations run sustainably using renewable energy sources.
Pyrotek Delivers Experienced Furnace Cleaning Services
by David Cole | 8 February 2022
Pyrotek safely cleans furnaces and associated launders, removing dross, corundum, and oxides by utilizing specialized tools, fluxes, and inert gas when necessary.
Pyrotek Ceramite® Floor Tiles Withstand Extreme Environments, Ideal for High-Wear Areas
by David Cole | 14 December 2021
Foundry operators and aluminium processors work to reduce downtime, and would like to avoid it altogether for something like damaged or worn floor tiles. There’s enough to worry about already with furnaces, troughs and casting stations.
Pyrotek Transfer Line is Ideal Customized Solution for Foundry in Spain – And Right on Time in Urgent Situation During Holiday Production Shutdown
by David Cole | 24 August 2021
Pyrotek delivered and installed a 19.5-meter (64-foot) transfer line (launder) with infrared heating lids at CIE C. Vilanova, a high-pressure die casting plant in Barcelona, Spain. A previously installed transfer line provided by another vendor was leading to freezing aluminium, metal overflows, and unsafe conditions.
Automotive Assembly Plant in Mexico Selects Pyrotek’s Rigid Glasweve® Filters as Standard Filter for Casting Cylinder Heads
by Andrew Carlson and David Cole | 22 April 2021
The aluminium foundry at a major automotive operation in Mexico is now using Rigid Glasweve (RGW) filters as part of its cylinder head casting process, finding after a large-scale trial that RGW reduced scrap compared with the use of ceramic foam filters (CFF).
Rigid Glasweve® Filters for Permanent Mould, Sand-Casting Improvement
by David Cole | 30 March 2021
Foundries that perform permanent mould casting and sandcasting processes today are taking advantage of yet another innovation from Pyrotek—its new Rigid Glasweve® (RGW) filtering technology.
CASE STUDY: Aluminium Plant Improves Potroom Crucible Lining Service Life by Five Times
by David Cole | 27 January 2021
A large aluminium producing plant in Turkey has found that choosing a Ceramite® refractory lining for its crucibles increased the service life of the linings by five times - and resulted in easier and reduced maintenance, along with increased efficiency and more production time.
Rigid Glasweve Replaces CFF as a Production Filter at Major Automotive Caster in Spain
by David Cole | 21 January 2021
Rigid Glasweve® (RGW) filters have been chosen as the preferred filter for the casting process, in a sand-casting application, at a major automotive parts caster in Spain, Saint Jean Industries – Valladolid (SJI).
MEET PYROTEK: Q & A with Ross McGregor, Milton Keynes, U.K.
by David Cole | 19 October 2020
As a member of the Metallurgical Services Group team, Ross McGregor is inspired each day at the R&D center by the opportunity to work on projects touching many different industries and seek to improve the performance of a vast range of products and processes.
“A role this varied can lead to transferable ideas and new products that could improve efficiency,” he says. “The role also has the scope to allow myself to develop into a world-leading consultant, providing technical assistance within the aluminium industry.”
MEET PYROTEK: Q & A with Gary Bywater, Milton Keynes, U.K.
by David Cole | 19 October 2020
Gary Bywater, a Senior Metallurgical Services Engineer at Pyrotek’s research and development center in Milton Keynes, U.K., is part scientist and part engineer. On any given day at the R&D center, you could find him in a conversation with Pyrotek colleagues from around the world, discussing and examining a challenge a customer might be facing. And at the center of that conversation and study will likely be a material, and what role it’s playing in the customer’s process.
MEET PYROTEK: Q & A with Karlis Zivtins, Milton Keynes, U.K.
by David Cole | 14 October 2020
Karlis Zivtins, a Metallurgical Services Engineer at Pyrotek’s research and development center in Milton Keynes, U.K., was drawn to service with Pyrotek’s Metallurgical Services Group (MSG) because he saw he would be working in a modern, advanced and dynamic facility that serves customer globally, providing critical metallurgical and materials analysis.