Since 2006, over 3,000 melts have been successfully performed
on a wide range of materials with negligible operational downtime. Results
have been validated by independent experts from Samancor Chrome, by joint
studies with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), and
independent process audits by Ex Mente of Johannesburg. Further research is
planned in cooperation with the NTUA.
Although the main focus of the application of AMRT melt
reduction technology is in the conversion of environmentally problematic
materials into products that are both inert and have commercial value,
virgin materials, such as concentrates derived from current mining
operations, can also be processed.
AMRT’s furnace units are characterized by high-speed chemical
reaction rates at high electrical energy efficiencies.
Emulating the speed of AMRT’s furnace activities is the
approach taken in the assessment of new materials. That is, wherever and
whenever a material arises, AMRT’s engineering team will immediately embark
on the steps of:
(i) A theoretical evaluation, followed by
(ii) A test campaign involving 5t to 10t of material using
our 0.5 MVA test furnace facility.
(iii) Fast furnace construction and set-up. Here AMRT designs
and assembles its own furnaces and transformers plus all associated
equipment. After which:
(iv) Fast and reliable process (production-scale)
Thus, in this way, AMRT is associated in all phases of the
project – i.e. from initiation to full production scale implementation.