Thanks to its ongoing commitment to R&D, an industry-leading plant equipment manufacturer has been recognised in a national engineering awards scheme.

Hasco-Thermic Ltd has been shortlisted in the Innovation Champion category of the Engineering Matters Awards, with their newly-launched, industry-first technology that is set to further revolutionise the galvanizing process.

Hasco Smart Firing technology is a retrofittable system, carefully designed using the latest data and analytical techniques to reduce energy usage and extend the lifespan of the kettles and heat exchanger by transitioning collective burner control to independent regulation.

Their company’s Managing Director, Angela Curtis, said: “When we first came up with the original idea of Smart Firing, we hadn’t fully appreciated the real benefits it would bring – from improving productivity and performance through to significant cost savings and ease of use. We’re proud to report that they’re much higher than we anticipated, and we’re delighted that these significant results have been recognised by the team at Engineering Matters.

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“Not only do these awards celebrate the very best in engineering excellence, but they recognise outstanding projects and organisations that are helping to shape a better world, and allow us to connect and collaborate. By uniting the very best in the industry, the opportunities are endless…

“Our Smart Firing technology has been under development for the past eight years. Replacing and updating traditional burner control practises that have been in place for decades, this new philosophy allows the furnace to respond precisely to real-time heat demand and conditions, leading the way in efficiency and sustainability. Two major objectives of all forward-thinking businesses right now.”

As a trusted partner to the galvanizing industry, Hasco-Thermic manufacture and collaborate with businesses worldwide to help enhance processes and procedures, striving for greater efficiency, productivity and sustainability. Wedge Group Galvanizing, the UK’s largest galvanizing company, has been the first to implement this pioneering technology by gradually introducing it across their 14 nationwide plants.

David Nobes, Technical Services Director at Wedge Group Galvanizing added: “After introducing Hasco-Thermic’s Smart Firing, we’ve reported an average 15% saving on gas, and (depending on the technology level of existing equipment) this is providing a payback of between four to 10 months. Not to mention the reduction in carbon emissions, which is a significant step in our progress towards our ultimate objective to become a net zero business.

“It’s fantastic that this pioneering technology has been recognised in the annual Engineering Matters Awards. It’s made impressive improvements to our business, and we hope that many other companies across the globe (in both the galvanizing and the wider metals sector) will also adopt this revolutionary process. We wish Hasco-Thermic the very best of luck for the final.”

Winners will be announced at the Engineering Matters Awards presentation, which is set to be held on 28th March 2024.

For over 50 years, Hasco-Thermic Ltd has established an enviable reputation for supplying and installing reliable, efficient and durable galvanizing plant equipment across the globe. Pioneers of the high velocity system for furnaces – the most technologically-advanced system available on the market – they boast more than 180 systems in operations worldwide.

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