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Thyssenkrupp - Brasil

Thyssenkrupp - Brasil

UK-leading wheel wash manufacturer, Wheelwash Limited, recently supplied 4 surface-mounted wheel washing systems to a steel plant in Rio de Janiero state in Brazil.   Thyssen Krupp (TK) opened this state-of-the-art integrated steel mill six years ago in Sepita Bay on the site of a former wetland with a diverse ecosystem.  The Brazilian State Environmental Institute had challenged TK to take the necessary measures to reduce contamination emanating from their operations.  Installing the wheel washing equipment at strategic locations on the vast site formed part of this initiative.  

TK initially made contact in November 2015 through the Wheelwash website.  Their enquiry was sent out to multiple, international wheel wash suppliers, the first stage of which involved pre-qualifying to be permitted to submit a full proposal.

The requirements of the project were very specific.  The steel mill produces its own power, so the successful company would be able to provide systems that could connect to their 440v 3-phase, 60hz power supply.  This was no mean feat as the standard UK specification is 400v, 50hz.  Even more challenging was the 42-day window given to manufacture and containerise all 4 systems which was fixed from the date of TK placing their order.  

The Wheelwash proposal of 3 standard Rhino Ecowash Excel systems and one extra wide Rhino Ecowash Extra system, for accommodating larger mobile plant, was accepted due to our ability to evidence the company’s manufacturing competence and our commitment to deliver within the tight timeframe.  In addition, the customer was convinced by the systems “green” features and ease of relocation which would allow them to reposition the systems in different areas within their site, as and when required.  

Wheelwash staff, suppliers and subcontractors rallied to produce the 16 ramps, 18 side screens, 3 split 4m wash platforms, 1 split 6m wash platform (4m wide), 4 recycling tanks and a pump house, 8 special pumps and 4 bespoke control panels that were required, on time.  

Marco Barreto (Project Implementation Manager), accompanied by colleague, Guilherme Fernandes Ribiero, visited Wheelwash HQ in Crewe, UK in February 2016 to carry out Factory Acceptance Testing to ensure that the system’s design, components, fabrication, and finish quality met the necessary requirements as stipulated in the contract.  In addition to receiving operating, cleaning and maintenance instruction, the 2-day intensive inspection included scrutiny of testing certificates of all components, skills and competency certificates of the workforce and viewing systems in operation, at the factory and out on site.  

All 4 systems were signed off during the visit and two days later, successfully loaded in a combination of 4, 20ft and 40ft containers.  They arrived on site in early April after a 35 day sea crossing.  

Installation engineer, Jeff Alderson followed the wheel wash systems to site in Sepita Bay and installed all 4 systems at different locations on site over a 2 week period.  

Arcelor Mittal, Asturias

Arcelor Mittal, Asturias

Arcelor Mittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company. Their steel plant in Asturias, Northern Spain required two wheel wash systems due to local government restrictions on the site which has 800 truck movements daily onto main roads with debris. 

Two 6m Ecowash platforms with independent control cabins were supplied with Irimac delivering the wash platform, screens,piping, control panels and cabin. Civil engineering was completed by Dragados, one of the largest infrastructure companies in Spain.

The two Wheelwash platforms are positioned side by side working independently. One system is followed by aweigh bridge for trucks requiring weighing before leaving the plant. Each system is connected to 3 x 8.3kw submersible wash pumps located in the concrete settlement tank, totalling 235m3. Two pumps work per wash on a rotation basis so each pump duty is shared.This project highlighted the need for unique features which Wheelwash sought to provide, tailoring a bespoke solution. The addition of a pressure gauge enabled site workers to visualise the water pressure with ease during each wash, whilst a flexible lay flat pipe was used to reduce the weight for ease of lifting the water pumps during maintenance checks.

Tata Steel, India

Tata Steel, India

Tata Steel is an Indian multinational steel-making company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, and a subsidiary of the Tata Group. It is the 11th largest steel producing company in the world and the second largest steel company in India.

Wheelwash installed the 4m wash platforms/pumps and controls, whilst the customer built civil tanks totalling  approx. 140.000 litres.

The systems were required due to new stringent environmental on-site requirements.