Detroit, MI August 1, 2012 – Soave Enterprises’ owner, Anthony Soave understands that a diversified and evolving industry requires agile equipment and processes that can adapt to varied demands. At the forefront of their trade, Detroit-based Ferrous Processing & Trading (a division of Soave Enterprises) has recently completed the development and implementation of a new system that will allow it to efficiently meet the needs of all its steelmaking customers.
The proprietary RamPress process automatically handles, condenses, and loads scrap metal generated at automotive and other industrial stamping plants. The patent-pending system operates continuously while being monitored remotely via internet data communications with no onsite personnel required from Soave Enterprises.
Ferrous Processing& Trading’s Executive Vice President A.G. “Chip” Hering conceptualized the improved system. He explains that the RamPress “capitalizes on developments in scrap re-melting in the steel industry. This new process generates a dense scrap product that is highly valued while also providing substantial savings in scrap handling at the stamping plant compared to conventional techniques.”
Importantly, the innovative RamPress process can package sheet steel scrap into a form compatible with both traditional integrated steelmakers and the newer mini-mills. The automated equipment compresses sheet steel into a “wafer” that is typically 4’ x 4’ x variable thickness. The thickness of the wafer is key – it can range from 6 to 20 inches, depending on customers’ requirements.
“We developed the RamPress to satisfy the growing demand from the mini-mills, while still accommodating the needs of integrated steelmakers,” notes Hering. “Mini-mills, which utilize electric furnace melters, demand thinner wafers.”
“This system also reduces operating costs and minimizes plant involvement,” Hering says. Designed to work with existing equipment at a stamping plant, the system’s material handling process is managed by video surveillance and a fully automated communications network at Ferrous Processing & Trading.
About Soave Enterprises
Ferrous Processing & Trading is an affiliate of Soave Enterprises, L.L.C. Soave Enterprises is a diversified management and investment company founded by Detroit businessman Anthony Soave that provides strategic planning, financial and other management resources to its affiliated business ventures in the real estate, automotive retailing, beer distribution, scrap metal, industrial services and transportation industries, among others.
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