New LD(BOF) converter from Primetals Technologies enters service at ArcelorMittal Hochfeld

Maintenance-free Vaicon Link 2.0 converter suspension offers long service life
Newly developed horizontal measuring and sampling unit in use

At the end of January, a new LD(BOF) converter constructed by Primetals Technologies in a turnkey project entered service at the German steel producer ArcelorMittal Hochfeld GmbH. It has a tapping weight of 150 metric tons and replaces the previous “K2” converter. The converter is suspended by means of the maintenance-free Vaicon Link 2.0. This flexible and rugged suspension system ensures smooth load-bearing and compensates for heat-related deformations. A newly developed device for horizontal measuring and sampling from the tilted converter has also been installed. Primetals Technologies had received the order in mid-2016.