Over the December 2004 Christmas shut-down, Southwest Steel Casting Company installed a brand new quench tank. This new quench tank, which is painted ‘Safety Yellow’ on exterior surfaces, has a working area 10’ Wide x 12” long x 10’ deep, and an overall size of 19’-6” long x 11’-6” wide x 13’-6” tall.
It is recessed in a
pit, and contains 2,079 cubic feet (15,550 gallons) of water.
Agitation is through impellers mounted at each corner of the
tank. This new quench tank will allow Southwest Steel to quench
up to 10,000 lbs of carbon steel per hour.
It is equipped with a chart recorder and thermometer, as well as alarms for Low Water, High Water and Over Temperature, all of which are mounted in a separate control panel.
The new quench tank
replaces an older unit that was above ground and much small in
capacity. By placing the new and larger tank below ground,
Southwest Steel will gain increased productively and provide
better operator control when placing hot racks of castings into