EER (Euro Ecco Reciclyng)
HORNOS Y METALES, S.A. RECEIVES THE SUPPORT OF THE CDTI THROUGH A PROJECT CO-FINANCED BY THE ERDF – “A Way to Build Europe”
Research and Technological Development Project
Committed to the development of state-of-the-art technology that allows technological benchmarks in the foundry industry, HORMESA has received, through the Research and Development Project Line of the Industrial Technological Development Centre (CDTI), financial aid for the implementation of a new Technological Research and Development project for the TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT OF RECYCLING AND RECOVERY SYSTEMS OF FERROUS AND NON-FERROUS MATERIALS
The aim of the project is the development of scalable recovery and recycling systems according to the different needs and nature of the raw material to be treated, focusing mainly on light materials with organic waste, copper-based materials and high added value products and special alloys (such as aeronautical waste).
The project has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Multi-regional Operational Program of Spain 2014-2020, providing great added value for the company.
Our EER (Euro Eco Recycling) project includes:
ECCOSALT: saline slag recycling solution (slag from the rotary furnace with salts). Aluminium and salt are recovered and only non-polluting waste is generated that can be disposed into any landfill or for reselling. This process makes it possible to modify a product harmful for the environment into products with economic value. The process is profitable in countries where you have to pay to dump / dispose of the slag due to environmental standards (Europe, the Middle East …)
FLESMELT: research on the graphite mould of continuous casting for copper alloys + Ni, Cr, Co … This project aims to incorporate a ceramic insert to avoid fast wear of the graphite moulds with some alloys which makes the production a very expensive process, mainly due to having to stop the casting to change the graphite mould.
SILICOM: Innovative CCR (Continuous Casting and Rolling) system with horizontal wheel for medium size production (300-800 tons / month) of copper wire rod.
This production size is high for the vertical upwards continuous casting process and low for the traditional CCR (continuous casting and rolling) process with productions ranging between 8 and 12 tons / hour.
It can also be used to produce aluminium wire rod and lead, zinc and copper alloys (ETP, FRHC …), CuZn alloys.
COMPACTMELT: Research to incorporate resistances within the refractory and heat the metal through direct contact with the heat-insulated area and thus be able to improve the efficiency of a furnace, competing with immersion resistances, but removing their disadvantages such as their complex maintenance or high cost.
Ultrasonic degassing system
The CERORSOM project focuses on the technical development of an innovative degassing system for light ultrasonic alloys. The main objective of the project is to transform the prototypes developed in the ULTRAGASSING project (which helped relating the degassing efficiency with the process parameters and the environment) and the DOSHORMAT project (functional prototypes) into a heavy-duty pre-commercial machine (advancing the technology from TRL 5 to TRL 7).
The development of industrial ultrasonic degassing equipment will lead to an unprecedented advance in molten metal degassing techniques, evidencing for the first time, on an industrial scale, that ultrasonic degassing technology is an efficient resource and an environmentally friendly method that can be used effectively under industrial conditions.
Heat treatment by fluidized bed
The HardALU project aims at reduction of weight by substituting iron by light and high performance aluminium castings, in particular engine blocks. This will be achieved by making High Pressure Die Castings (HPDC) heat treatable using Fluidized Bed (FB) Technology, which allows reducing significantly the heat treatment time and thus avoiding blistering
The main innovations of the application of FB Fluidized bed heat treatments in the manufacturing process of HPDC are:
- To enable heat treatment of High Pressure Die Cast “HPDC” parts
- To reduce by 2 % CO2 emission by replacing iron
- Additional 30 % of reduction of CO2
- To generate a new niche market for heat treatment lines for HPDC parts