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Safely Releasing Furnace Bricks from a Steel Fixture

25 May 2016
Solution: A 50 ton hydraulic cylinder and manual hand pump are used to apply pressure to a release rod which removes the brick from the steel fixture.
 Skawina, PolandChallenge: Vesuvius processes the bricks which are used to the line the interior of an industrial furnace. The bricks begin in a ‘soft’ state and need to be compressed, hardened and heated before they are installed in a furnace. A steel box is filled and compressed hardening the bricks. After compression the bricks stick to the steel fixture and a significant amount of force is needed to release the bricks from the steel fixture.