Sandvik Process Systems at Sulphur Conference 2003
Posted: 21 October 2003
Market leadership in Rotoform granulation – new sulphur
With a number of major new orders confirmed over the last 18 months,
Sandvik Process Systems remains one of the world’s leading
suppliers of sulphur solidification systems.
Of the different solidification processes produced by Sandvik,
it is the company’s Rotoform system that has captured by far
the largest market, and 2002-03 has seen orders placed by prominent
engineering companies such as Technip, Snamprogetti, JGC, LG Engineering,
Petrofac and SK Engineering.
The Rotoform process, a combination of steel belt technology and
a specially developed drop-forming system, enables the cost-effective
production of free-flowing, dust-free and easy-to handle pastilles.
As well as supplying the Rotoform system itself, the company also
works in partnership with fellow Sandvik Materials Technology group
company, Roxxon, to provide downstream handling equipment such as
conveyors, reclaimers and strip-banders.
Since first introduced in the mid-1980s, over a thousand Rotoform
systems have been installed worldwide, of which more than 200 are
used for the solidification of sulphur. As more sulphur is extracted
from oil – and more companies need to convert liquid sulphur
into a solid product for easier handling, storage and transportation
— so the benefits of Sandvik’s pastillation system have
become ever more attractive to potential users.
Sandvik’s Rotoform concept is supported by a on-going programme
of development and improvement, together with a worldwide service
network. This point is particularly important as installations are
often operated in remote areas with harsh climatic conditions where
access to maintenance, repairs and spare parts is critical.
Applications for the Rotoform process are not limited to sulphur;
the system is ideal for solidifying any of the by-products extracted
from crude oil, i.e. pitch, asphaltene, paraffin and residuals,
all of which can be solidified in an efficient, flexible and environmentally
For more information see www.processsystems.sandvik.com.
Posted by Richard Price,
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