EVRAZ NTMK’s Central Lab Turns 60

9 April 2019 (09:12)

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, April 9, 2019. EVRAZ Nizhny Tagil Metallurgical Plant (EVRAZ NTMK) Central Electrotechnical Lab got set up sixty years ago this month, EVRAZ Holding Ural’s Corporate Relations Center reports.

A solemn ceremony took place at Metallurgists’ Palace, with the lab’s leading professionals and old-service employees all attending. Fourteen of the lab’s employees received company’s honorary certificates and thank-you letters from Sverdlovsk Region’s Legislative Assembly.

The lab got launched in 1959 by order of EVRAZ NTMK’s first Director A.F. Zakharov. The lab was then in charge of testing and research and designing and setting up automation systems that regulated the plant’s technological and heating processes. Prior to 1996, the lab was known as the plant’s Central Automation Laboratory.

EVRAZ NTMK’s Central Electrotechnical Lab is currently responsible for the smooth performance of electrical equipment at each and every department. The employees carry out some 18,000 checks every year to test and repair 415 technological units, 889 power transformer units, and protection relays. They also service more than 20,000 electrical devices, test equipment at maximum workload (100 kV), launch new equipment, and introduce new diagnostics methods.

The laboratory contributes to all of the plant’s large-scale production upgrade projects: the construction and launch of Blast Furnace 7, the ball-rolling mill upgrades, renovation of the coal injection unit, and steel-smelting facility’s reconstruction. The plant also invests in automated electric power metering by installing special meters. 480 meters will get installed this year in addition to the 800 units installed last year.

There are seventy-four people working at the lab, including electricians, setup and testing engineers, and vibroacoustic diagnostics experts. The lab employees also submit improvement proposals and are active at the plant’s engineering club; they also help their coworkers from other departments with production issues.

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