The MONOCATOR is a robot which uses sophisticated computer control to target wear areas in the furnace wall and hearth. This offers a much safer and less labour intensive option than the conventional manual spraying.
The system can be divided into three components:
The Monocator robot, capable of moving the applicator from its parked
position alongside the furnace, over the furnace wall into the furnace, and of
adjusting its height to reach each position of the lining that requires
A material delivery system designed to provide a constant delivery of
material to the applicator at up to 15 tonnes per hour for the wet side wall
material and 30 tonnes per hour for the dry hearth material. The application
is achieved by utilising a patented spinning disc technology that allows
discriminate programmed patches to be applied anywhere in the furnace.
The control system is computer/P.L.C. controlled, housed in the EAF
pulpit. The computer is programmed to control all movements of the applicator
and to command the material delivery system