End of an Era: In the Hot Metal Zone
The production supervisor is called the "Melter" and he has ultimate responsibility for the steel made during his shift. They tend to control tapping and the addition of aluminum and so forth themselves from the "tapping station". Here the melter controls the furnace tilt, and the tilt of a hopper that dumps aluminum, alloying materials, and fluxes into the molten bath as it fills the ladle.
Today I did something I've never done: put on full hot metal zone gear and got in close and personal with the crew that handles hot metal. The gear can be stifling even in this cooler weather and I am even more in awe of these guys now when I think of them doing this in the summer!
All pictures taken with an X100S wearing ridiculous aluminum and carbon fiber gloves. It's amazing I got anything but the X100S is amazing with it's dials instead of buttons and tiny wheels. Word.
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