Pilkington-Rossford-Plant

ARC Completes Major Rebuild for Pilkington, North America

Allstates Refractory Contractors is proud to announce the completion of a major rebuild at Pilkington, North America located in Rossford, Ohio.

The multi-million dollar project began in June 2016 and ended with the completion and startup of an oxy-fuel fired float furnace with a capacity of 450 tons per day.

At the outset, ARC faced unforeseen challenges ...

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Insight: Safety First

In every industry of the business world today, there is an ever-increasing push towards workplace health and safety.

Some figures indicate that Businesses spend upwards of $170 Billion dollars a year on workplace injury and illnesses and that the implementation and adherence to an in-depth Health & Safety program can save companies more than 20 to 40 percent of those related costs. (OSHA)

Increasingly more and more contracts are being awarded based on safety performance, including a contractor’s TRIR rating. TRIR stands for Total Recordable Incident Rate and is a figure calculated from data recorded on OSHA reporting logs.

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ARC Health & Safety Program

One of the biggest advances we have made in the Health & Safety Program at Allstates Refractory Contractors is through the education and certification of Rick Smith. Rick has now obtained over 40 certifications, including multiple OSHA accreditations, that certify him to run ARC’s Safety Program.

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Electric Heating Systems for the Glass Industry

Allstates Refractory Contractors, LLC holds a technical agreement with Bock Engergietecnik. Bock is a supplier of electric melting and boosting technology.

Bock Energietecnik has numerous capabilities from equipment supply to engineering and installation of complete systems. Coupled with Allstates Refractory Contractors, Bock represents a very reasonably priced alternative in the United States.

Click to view the 28-page Bock product guide.

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Electrical Heating of Forehearths and Practical Experiences

Forehearths are generally the last thing on the mind of furnace operators or managers. In many of the organizations around the world the care and oversight of forehearths is given to the forming group who depend on them to provide consistent thermally homogeneous glass to their forming operations.

Click to view this presentation by Bock discussing the alternative of an electric heating system.

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Case in Point: Retro Furnace Repair

When data was missing, experience paid off on this retro furnace repair.

When a hammer forge customer needed quick, turnkey repair of a vintage 1940s rotary hearth forge preheat furnace that feeds the largest hammer in their facility, they brought in the experts at Allstates Refractory Contractors, LLC.

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Maintenance Tip: Upgrading Line Frequency

is your coreless induction furnace on the right frequency?

For decades, fixed line high frequency was the chosen method for harnessing enough electrical power for large coreless induction furnaces. It’s been discovered, though, that fixed line high frequency systems can cause a reduction in refractory life, plus they can create some gas pickup in the molten metal.

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Replacing a Doghouse “On the Fly”

Replacing a doghouse "on the fly" - and they said it couldn't be done safely!

A Canadian company requested Allstates Refractory Contractors (ARC) and two other companies to submit a project plan to replace a severely damaged doghouse "on the fly". The customer required a guarantee that the project would be accomplished within the 10-day Christmas shutdown period and without adversely affecting the furnace, plant or personnel. The two other companies declined to pursue the work because they perceived the work to be too risky to accomplish safely and on time.

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