Frisa Forjados, the Mexican manufacturer of open-die forgings and rolled rings, has inaugurated its new electric melt shop for stainless steel at Santa Catarina, NL. Announced in 2014, the construction started late last year and was completed in late spring.

Frisa supplies carbon, alloy, and stainless steel, as well as titanium and superalloy forgings and rings to multiple high-value markets by offering high-value markets. Notable among these are aerospace manufacturing and energy, and high-tech engineering projects. The new melt shop makes it possible for Frisa to produce and supply its own stainless and specialty steel ingots for forging.

The Santa Catarina complex is one of four separate plants Frisa operates in the Monterrey region, and houses four forging lines over more than 1 million sq.ft. of manufacturing space, and producing high-value forgings in various geometries and sizes.

The major equipment order for the new melt shop was placed with INTECO Special Melting Technologies GmbH, an Austrian company with expertise in specialty steel melting systems.  It supplied an electric arc furnace (EAF), a ladle furnace (LF), a vacuum degassing process (VD), an ingot casting center, and material handling systems. Plant engineering was carried out by INTECO special melting technologies GmbH.

Process Technology Int. supplied the EAF burners (PTI JETburner), injection systems, and sampling manipulators. The EAF was designed to include PTI’s swing door system.

Both EAF and LF include the INTECO atec automatic electrode control technology (ISEC), which promotes energy efficiency with simple configuration and handling.

Primetals Technologies, a joint venture of Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, supplied a 230/34.5-kV substation and a static VAR compensation (SVC) system.

The value of Frisa’s capital investment has not been reported.