STAR CEMENT WITNESS DOWNTIME REDUCTION WITH SSAB STEEL
Cement manufacturer Star Cement announced a signilcant turnaround in its machinery downtime and increased output when switching from mild steel to SSAB’S Hardox Wear Plate steel grades. Hardox Wear Plate is a magship product of the Swedish steel giant, SSAB, recognised globally for its strength, durability, and ease of use.
6elayuthan, general manager, Star Cement, said: “Mild steel, that we were using earlier, hardly gives us a life of two to three months. At our factory, we are targeting 0 days of running every year (which is very high compared to market standards). And Hardox Wear Plate is helping us achieve that target. If we use a normal steel plate, it will breakdown in early, and then we have to take an intermediate stoppage, replace it, or repair it. Since we switched to Hardox Wear Plate, we have been consistently running for 0 – 1 days over the last four to lve years, because of its low wear and tear.”
He further credited Hardox Wear Plate to be partly responsible for Star Cement’s capacity increase from 6,800 tonnes to 8, 00 tonnes per day, without any major modilcation. “The fact that we are able to survive this capacity increase means Hardox Wear Plate is also playing a role in it. With it supporting us in some of the key areas, we are able to push the machine to the extreme and still survive the situation.”