Armco Continues To Upgrade Speciality Steels Facilities

—Literature Available Armco's Specialty Steels Division has begun commercial operation of a $7-million Automated Pickle Line at its Baltimore Works. The new "tunnel" pickle line and accompanying pollution control facility is one of the most modern in the world.

The pickling cycle and bath temperature of the new unit are automatically programmed, while the bath chemistry is rigidly maintained.

It is expected to produce a minimum of 80 tons per turn which will provide more than required capacity to satisfy internal needs for i stainelss rod and wire products.

The totally enclosed system captures fumes and runs them through a scrubber. All acids are collected and neutraulized in an environmentally clean operation.

The new unit is part of a continuing modernization program begun in 1981 at Armco's Baltimore Works with installation of a 50-ton electric arc furnace, and includes a $24-million precision rotary forge, the first in operation in the U.S. for stainless production. It also includes the only two-strand horizontal continuous caster in use by a stainless bar, rod and wire producer.

The rolling and finishing areas have also been modernized with the additional of grit blasting facilities for improved surface conditioning, and installation of a large bar turner, automatic planishing facilities for small diameter bars, and rotary annealing furnace which increases capacity, size availability and product quality.

"Today's highly competitive market requires suppliers of specialty steels to continuously improve quality and customer service," said Raymond E. Hein, vice president and general manager of Armco's Baltimore organization, "and Armco is committed to being a viable supplier of specialty steel products which meet our customers' requirements for quality, dependability and service." Mr. Hein further stated, "Conversion orders from other specialty steel producers will be solicited for the excess capacity of our new pickle line." The Baltimore Plant produces stainless steel bar, rod, wire and semifinished products and is part of Armco's Specialty Steels Division, headquartered in Butler, Pa.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 14,  Jan 15, 1986 Mike Gnau

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