Ian Melin-Jones

Ian Melin-Jones

Outokumpu is assessing options to build a new slag furnace in Tornio, Finland, and the company has initiated an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure as basis for decision making. The prerequisites for realizing the project, details of the planned slag furnace and its technical execution as well as potential financing alternatives will be specified during the planning process.

2014 07 15 071744The planned unique production facility would produce ferrochrome-nickel (FeCrNi) alloy from slag and side streams primarily from production processes in Tornio. The slag furnace would enable efficient utilization of various side streams, which would improve resource efficiency of Outokumpu’s production significantly. The new slag furnace would be the most energy-efficient ferrochrome-nickel alloy producer in the world, as energy consumption in the new facility would be 30 per cent lower than in the current ferrochrome production processes enabled by the new metallurgical process invented by Outokumpu. Furthermore, the new facility would strengthen Outokumpu’s competitiveness in the global ferrochrome market.

The final decision regarding the new facility will be made at the earliest during 2020. In addition to the results of the EIA and environmental permit processes, the final investment decision will be subject to the development of the global economy and the stainless steel markets and their outlook, as well as the availability of financing and potential investment subsidies. The estimated construction time of the new facility is approximately two years.

Outokumpu Oyj

Outokumpu is the global leader in stainless steel. We aim to be the best value creator in stainless steel by 2020, through our competitive edge of customer orientation and efficiency. The foundation of our business is our ability to tailor stainless steel into any form and for almost any purpose. Stainless steel is sustainable, durable and designed to last forever. Our customers use it to create civilization’s basic structures and its most famous landmarks as well as products for households and various industries. Outokumpu employs 10,000 professionals in more than 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and shares listed in Nasdaq Helsinki. www.outokumpu.com

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50 years of experience and technical expertise worldwide

TT series machines ensure perfect cuts and bevels for maximum efficiency. Wherever the priority is to minimize installation downtime and maximize equipment runtime, you will find PROTEM TT machines.

TT series machines are a perfect example of PROTEM’s 50 years of knowledge and expertise in providing job oriented machining solutions.

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The tube cutting machines of the TTNG series are built to cut and bevel tubes up to 3.937” (100mm) thick (larger upon request) in the field. Their low clearance design of rotating parts is highly appreciated by customers in all industries such as Nuclear, Oil and Gas and Chemical.

Options for counterboring jobs, cam-copying operations and wheel cutting are possible within the wide range of diameters covered by each model in the TTNG series. The splitframe configuration opens in two half-shells joined together with a hinge. Clamping is ensured by independent adjustable jaws for easy in place set-up. The completely enclosed drive gears and tool holders provide an increased operator safety.

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If the TTNG’s low clearance is not enough for you, TTLW machines are the ones you need! These machines are the light weight version of the rugged TTNG. Because of their narrow and lightweight body design, they are the ideal solution for use in confined areas.


The TTSNG version are designed for machining small diameter tubes and pipes. They are built in the same manner as the TTNG machines which allow accurate cutting and/or beveling of tubes and pipes from 0.406” (10.3mm) up to 10.751” (273.1mm) OD.


The collet clamping system of the TTSRD series allows for quick set-up and an easy concentricity adjustment. This clamping method is particularly suited for small wall thicknesses in order to avoid tube distortion in case of poor machine set-up. These machines have the lowest clearance of the range.

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Main advantages:

  • V track and rollers: The V shape design compensates for axial and radial forces to ensure maximum precision and less wear.
  • Aluminium body: Lightweight and durable for limitless machining jobs!
  • Splitframe design with hinge: Easier to set up on continuous or long length pipes.
  • Fully enclosed tool holder design: Protects the feed system from chips and prevents damage during machining.
  • Sliding tool holders: Easier and faster to set up.
  • Machine design permits cutting and beveling operation simultaneously, maximizes productivity!
  • Large diameter machines delivered with two standard configuration motors allowing more power for highly demanding jobs.

TT series machines are available in many configurations with standard or special accessories and options. All the devices provided with the TT series machines are built with the knowledge of PROTEM to provide enhanced performance and job specific solutions.

Axial and radial adjustable clamping jaws:

OD tracking tool holder

The OD tracker ensures consistent machining, regardless of the tube’s ovality. Its roller follows the tube’s OD profile and adjusts the position of the tool holder.

Radial Copying carriage

Copying carriage allows the user to machine any geometry of bevel thanks to a cam-following system. This technology of single point machining is particularly suited for heavy wall machining.

Axial copying carriage

It performs special shape machining on the inner or outer diameter.

Counterboring tool holder

Counterboring operations ensure consistent thickness all around the tube by machining the inside diameter. Operations of this type are essential when automatic welding machines are used.

Cutting wheel

The cutting wheel accessory allows the user to cut the tube without producing chips. The wheel is very useful when cleanliness standards require that no chips can be introduced inside the tube during machining.

Enveloping jaws

Enveloping jaws are designed to clamp the machine onto even the thinnest tubes without any distortion.

Remotely operated machine

TT series machines can be remotely controlled for operations in areas under ionizing radiation or in underwater/subsea environments.

Flat gearbox

Combined with radial positioned drives, this gearbox allows the user to fit the machine in extra low profile spaces.

Milling modules

The tool carriage is replaced by a milling head.

Special configurations and options on request.

In agriculture the production has gone from manual manufacturing to industrial production. What used to be processed with simple farm machinery is now at times highly automated and has to be done rationally. This does in fact apply to all areas of agriculture, from tractors to combine harvesters and driverless machines for many different applications, but also to the accessories, like the small pieces of equipment used in agriculture.

Mandrel bending machine DB 2060 CNC-SE © transfluidMandrel bending machine DB 2060 CNC-SE © transfluid

Efficient driving, lifting and motion with tubes bent the right way

transfluid, the specialist in tube processing machines and systems, has already been delivering its solution to this sector for many years. “The developments are very exciting and we are happy to continue to contribute to that”, says Stefanie Flaeper, Managing Director at transfluid. To show the capabilities, the company will be at Agritechnica in Hannover, Hall 16, Stand 03. “When we look at the tube processing for the manufacturing of agricultural machinery we see two key types: heavy tubes and profiles, that are often used in the construction of frames, and on the other hand the large hydraulics systems”, explains Stefanie Flaeper. Hydraulics is often the method used in agricultural machinery to drive, lift and move. transfluid offers a wide range of machines suitable for the processing of the tubes for this application. From a simple bending machine with mandrel, like the t bend DB 642K, for mobile use and small numbers of tubes, to the highly flexible CNC-controlled systems with short set-up time and able to bend clockwise and counterclockwise, like the t bend DB 630-CNC. Very fast processes and higher output are the results with these machines. The drives of the tube processing machines are particularly high-performing and can be either hydraulic or electric with brushless motors, depending on your preference. All the challenges are therefore met, whether it is small or large diameter tubes. Machines are available for extreme geometries, which can bend both clockwise and counterclokwise in one operation. These generally have an electric, brushless motor drive for large outputs.

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Better processes with different materials and geometries

It is often the case that with hydraulics tubes there is a great variety of geometries and small numbers of production pieces. In this case, materials and geometries are particularly challenging. Although standard materials are used, other materials with significantly greater strength are used to meet the specifications. For this reason, the machines must offer the right level of flexibility. In this production area it can make sense to have a manufacturing model that is based on one piece flow and chaotic, when tubes of different diameters are needed for a product. The stock levels can be reduced a lot and the tube is prepared completely before bending. “Our goal is to greatly simplify and optimize the production processes with our solutions. To do this, our machines will produce tubes that are completely ready for immediate use after the bending”, explains Stefanie Flaeper. The first step is the cutting, which the t cut range takes care of. The cleaning and automatic application of cutting rings and many different types of forming are also required. The forming and the cutting rings can be processed both ways in this case. The transfluid cleaning systems automatically deliver clean tubes. The experts are offering the complete processing of tubes and, if needed, also the right automations systems with t motion, for a completely automated production.

The t project software makes it possible to process isometrics directly from CAD. © transfluidThe t project software makes it possible to process isometrics directly from CAD. © transfluid

Prototyping and software for safe production from the very first tube

A key element for success in tube processing is prototyping. All transfluid machines can be operated manually to produce the first set of tubes. In addition to this, tools are available to measure the component, or even the whole set of components, in a flexible way and directly on the item and generate accurate digital data. The t project software makes it possible to process isometrics directly from CAD. Both the technical department and the machine operator can use a number of different interfaces to import data and run collision tests. “With our advanced software, even the very first tube is ready to be used in a manufacturing process”, highlights Ms. Flaeper. This way, transfluid offers tubes to the manufacturers of agrotechnical products, which are ready to be incorporated and produced in a way that is extremely close to the final manufacturing standards; they are necessary for a functioning and reliable hydraulics system. Come and speak to the transfluid experts, if you want to learn more about transfluid’s solutions for tubes. You will find them at Agritechnica in Hannover, 10th-16th November 2019.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. transfluid has been developing its technologies for tube machining since 1988, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries, shipbuilding and medical device manufacturers.


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