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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.”

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