The production of steel, an alloy of iron and carbon, is so important today that it is used as a marker of a country’s economic development. WIKA’s measurement technologies help to optimize and control steel-making processes to lower costs and ensure the quality of the final product.
Crude steel production continues to increase, despite a slower global economy. In 2018, more than 1.8 billion metric tonsof crude steel were produced throughout the world, mostly in China (the U.S. is 4th). The main way to stay competitive in this industry is to lower costs through process optimization. Carefully controlled processes also provide reproducible conditions that ensure all batches feature the same characteristics and quality. Measuring temperature, pressure, and other parameters at different points in the process gives operators the control they need.
However, operating conditions in steel manufacturing applications are extremely challenging. Working temperatures of 1,800°C (3,272°F), for example, are the norm, and standard measuring instruments are not up to the task. That’s why WIKA’s engineers have developed the extremely robust temperature sensors, pressure gauges, and other devices ideal for use in this industry.
This interactive graphicgives a quick overview of where WIKA instruments can be used in steel production, from sinter and coke plants to a variety of furnace types. Clicking on a particular step in the diagram leads to a dedicated page with information about the relevant measurement technology, including:
- Thermocouples, resistance thermometers, thermowells, and temperature transmitters
- Diaphragm and Bourdon tube pressure gauges, pressure switches, digital gauges, and process transmitters
- Force transducersand load cells
- Optoelectronicand float switches
- Venturi nozzles, Pitot tubes, flow meters, and electronic flow switches
- Hand-held calibrators, reference thermometers, and other calibration equipment
WIKA is known worldwide for manufacturing high-quality yet cost-effective sensors, gauges, switches, and other instruments. With our comprehensive product lines, we are a one-stop shop for all your measurement and monitoring needs. We also work closely with clients to provide custom solutions for specific processes and unique situations. Let WIKA be your trusted partner in iron and steel production.