Aluminum Mills

Aluminum Mills Bradley Lifting has designed and manufactured a diverse line of lifting equipment for the Aluminum Industry. Our engineers have developed lifting solutions covering many phases of the aluminum manufacturing process: anode production, smelting, casting and rolling / extruding.

Anode Production

Bradley Lifting equipment dramatically improves the safety and efficiency of maintaining carbon bake furnaces.

Example:
Flue Wall Maintenance for Anode Bake Furnaces

Problem:
The carbon anodes used in aluminum smelting are heated in very deep pit furnaces. There are dozens of individual pits in a “bake” furnace and maintaining the refractory lined walls of the pits is a time consuming and potentially dangerous task. Maintenance personnel often use ordinary ladders to climb into the pits, assess the condition of the refractory and make repairs.

Solution:
Bradley Lifting has developed a number of specialty lifting devices for maintaining the bake furnace pits. A mobile pit platform is one example. The platform eliminates the ladder and provides a motorized platform for maintenance personnel to safely descend into the pit with their tools and inspect the furnace walls.

Other equipment is available from Bradley Lifting for cleaning and straightening the furnace walls. When the time comes to replace entire walls, Bradley Lifting has developed below-the-hook lifters for pit wall demolition and installing new walls.

For anode block handling, Bradley Lifting can provide many varieties of Tongs that lift either a single block or multiple blocks at one time (i.e. “bookending”).

Smelting / Casting

For cleaning debris from smelting pots, Bradley Lifting supplies Tongs made from stainless steel, often the material of choice for its non-magnetic properties.

Bradley Lifting has produced many variations of crucible tilt bails for handling molten aluminum; these specialty Lifting Beams are fitted with J-Hooks, on-board tilt winches and safety limit switches.

Whether casting ingots (sheet or “T”), billets or sows, Bradley Lifting can provide any number of different lifting devices for safe and efficient material handling. These lifters include Tongs, Telescoping Drive Lifters and Lifting Beams that perform the following functions:

  • Ingot & billet downending
  • Mold stripping
  • Adapters for lift truck handling of material
  • Stacking and moving multiple ingots or billets
  • Furnace charging
  • Mold handling

Finished Products

Bradley Lifting has lifting equipment for Coils (vertical & horizontal orientation), Plate & Sheet and Rounds.

All below-the-hook lifting equipment from Bradley Lifting is designed and manufactured in conformance with the ASME B30.20 standard.

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