EVRAZ NTMK Workers Win Cherepanov Award

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, July 15, 2019. Three workers of EVRAZ Holding’s Nizhniy Tagil Iron and Steel Works (EVRAZ NTMK) won the Cherepanov Award this year, EVRAZ Holding Ural’s Corporate Communications Center’s PR Department reports.

EVRAZ NTMK’s Blast Furnace Upgrade Project Manager Pavel Kolpakov, Head of EVRAZ NTMK’s Blast Furnace Department Konstantin Mironov, and Director at EVRAZ NTMK Inventors’ & Patent Work Office Vladimir Balyan were among the sixteen awardees. The awards were given out by First Vice Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Alexei Orlov during the Innoprom Exhibition.

Pavel Kolpakov had to supervise the construction of new Blast Furnace 7; the furnace got built extremely fast and now relies on a range of brand new tech solutions that are meant to boost productivity, cut resource spending, and reduce air emissions. Three inventors’ applications have been submitted to the respective authorities to get these advanced tech solutions patented. Pavel Kolpakov acts as the co-author for all the three projects; he is in charge of overseeing the project on Blast Furnace 6 upgrades at the moment.

Head of EVRAZ NTMK’s Blast Furnace Department Konstantin Mironov’s career evolved from the initial position of a blast furnace keeper to that of a production department’s director. Mironov is the author of ten registered inventions and ten published research papers. He supervises the plant’s waste recycling program and has found the optimal operating modes for new Blast Furnace 7, bringing it to the best tech/resource-efficiency performance.

Vladimir Balyan has been running the plant’s Inventors’ & Patent Work Office for many years now; he is responsible for coordinating all the inventors’ activity and improvement proposals at the plant. Thanks to Balyan, submitting one’s improvement proposal has been made much easier; besides, there are training courses/workshops and flat-rate money premiums to support the inventors’ efforts.

The Cherepanov Award, dedicated to the inventors of the first Russian train, got founded in Sverdlovsk Region in 1997.


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