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Finning, the UK and Ireland’s exclusive Caterpillar dealer, has supplied global provider of services to the steel sector, Harsco Metals & Minerals, with three Cat hydraulic excavator ladle wrecker conversions, for operation at two of its sites in the UK. Each conversion required a sturdy machine that was robust and mobile enough to carry the weight of the wrecker without compromising on performance.

The two Cat 325DL and Cat 330DL hydraulic excavators have been specifically engineered for use in Harsco Metals & Minerals customers’ steelworks in Teesside and TATA Steel in Aldwarke respectively, and will replace the Cat machines that are currently used on site. The new machines are the latest in a long standing partnership between Harsco Metals & Minerals and Finning, and will help eliminate waste materials left inside the ladles after the molten material is poured.

Simon Bolton, Asset Manager at Harsco’s Teesside operation, said: “We produced four million tonnes of steel in 2013 and due to the increased demand for steel, we are forecast to double our production in the coming year. The cleaning of the ladles is a key component in our production and using the converted Cat machines, we’re able to ensure the quality of our customer’s steel.”

When the ladle has poured out the molten steel, iron or slag, it leaves behind residual material that requires a specialist ladle wrecker to clean and protect the refractory lining inside the ladle so the operation isn’t jeopardised by any residues.

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