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Southwest Steel Casting Company's Arc Furnace Pouring Pits
The Stuart McElrath Company, together with Southwest Steel Casting Company, has designed and installed two new Arc Furnace pouring pits over a holiday shutdown.
Arc Furnace - Arc furnace tilting to allow
molten metal to flow into a pouring ladle.
  The ladle pouring pit is designed to allow a ladle to be lowered in so that the arc furnace can be tilted forward and discharge molten steel into a ladle.

After years of molten steel splatter, the side walls and floor had become eroded allowing water seepage, and in some areas exposing the rebar. It was decided that both plant furnace pits would be replace during a July 4th plant shut down. By combining the shutdown with a holiday, casting production was minimally impacted.

To begin the replacement, the existing ladle portion of the pit was removed, leaving in place the segment that the furnace sits on. A 2 foot gravel sub-base was added for water drainage along with a well for a sump pump.

To further protect the pit from water seepage, the exterior pit walls were coated with both a chemical and fiber sealant. An additional layer of fiber board was placed over the sealant before the pit was backfilled.

About Southwest Steel Casting Company
Southwest Steel Casting Company is a custom job shop foundry dedicated to providing a quality product as efficiently and economically as possible. Southwest Steel Casting Company produces castings from 10 to 4,500 lbs. in the following metals:

      • Carbon Steel
      • Duplex & Super Duplex
      • Low and High Alloy Steel
      • Hastelloy
      • Stainless Steel
      • Austenitic Steels
      • Low Temperature Steel
      • Martensitic Steels
      • Heat Resistant Steel

Located in Longview, Texas, Southwest Steel Casting Company has established itself as a reliable foundry serving the energy, construction, transportation, marine and mining industries.
 Plant 1 Ladle Pit - Workers beginning
the forming of vertical pit walls.
Plant 2 Ladle Pit Forming - Plant 2
ladle pit forming for vertical walls.
 Ladle Pit Walls - Ladle pit walls are shown completed. The exterior walls
will be sealed, the pit backfilled and
then the surrounding floor poured.