Spectrum Technical hosts successful aluminium technology seminar

Metallurgical and mining solutions provider Spectrum Technical hosted a successful two day Aluminium Technology Seminar for professionals in the aluminium primary and secondary industries in early September 2017.

“Spectrum Technical focuses on providing solutions for the processing of molten metal, in particular the casting of aluminium and zinc. We have been doing this since 1994, supplying a range of services and products,” said Kumaran Poonan, a Director at Spectrum Technical and head of the metals processing division.

“We held a similar seminar in May 2013, which was attended by over 60 delegates. The feedback from that seminar was overwhelmingly positive and this prompted us to hold our 2nd seminar on the 6th and 7th September 2017 at the Imvubu Lodge in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal,” continued Poonan.

Some of the 100 delegates that attended the Spectrum Technical Aluminium Technology Seminar at the Imvubu Lodge in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal in September 2017

“This year over 100 delegates attended, an increase of over 65 per cent on the previous seminar. We were very pleased with this response and it indicates that there is a great need for professionals in our industry to participate in such a forum.”

“The idea was to bring primary and secondary aluminium casting professionals together to share their knowledge and expertise, as well as to create a networking platform for the delegates, who ranged from the process, maintenance and operations disciplines.”

“International speakers delivered papers relevant to the industry, to spark discussion and conversations. These international speakers included Dave Roth of GPS Solutions (USA), Pete Forakis and Mathieu Pettersen of Stas Inc. (Canada), Nicklas Kaeker of Drache (Germany), Jonatan Lindstrand of Precimeter Control (Sweden) and Giovanni Magarotto of Tomorrow Technology (Italy).”

Staff of Spectrum Technical and speakers at the Spectrum Technical Aluminium Technology Seminar: Bahle Gwala and Heyla Viljoen, both of Spectrum Technical, Mathieu Pettersen and Francois Mousseau, both of STAS, Canada, Nicklas Kaecker of Drache, Germany, Giovanni Magarotto of Tomorrow Technology, Italy, Dave Roth of GPS Solutions, USA, Jonatan Lindstrand of Precimeter, Sweden, Mark Krieg of AFSA, Jeannine Beetge and Natasha Du Plessis, both of Spectrum Technical and in the front Gus Allan, Kumaran Poonan and Christo Mienie, all of Spectrum Technical

“The speakers’ topics included the latest developments and covered areas such as aluminium reduction, carbon processing, as well as casthouse technology. Casthouse topics focused on dross processing, furnace charging, skimming and cleaning, metal treatment, launder systems, filtration and level control.”

“In the carbon and reduction sessions, measurements of key reduction parameters, ladle cleaning, anode slotting, anode stub inspection and recycling of carbon and bath materials through rotary crushing and material separation were highlighted.”

“The keynote address was given by Mark Krieg of the Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa and his presentation addressed the current trends in the aluminium industry.”

“We are very encouraged by the response from industry to our seminar. Besides our international speakers from Germany, Canada, Sweden, the USA and Italy sharing their knowledge with the local industry we had delegates attend from Mozambique, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay and the Gauteng Province.”

“The seminar left the delegates with practical tools and knowledge to assist them with plant issues they are facing. They also made contact with their counterparts in other companies having similar experiences,” said Gus Allan of Spectrum Technical.

For further details contact Spectrum Technical on TEL: 035 789 6563 or visit www.spectrumtechnical.co.za