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            Steel & Aluminium - custom-made

            Custom-made cabins for Steel & Aluminium

            The steel and aluminium industry are complex markets that demand complex solutions. Although standard products can significantly simplify the process, the development of a cabin geared to the specific wishes and requirements of your particular situation is anything but a mission impossible for Merford Cabins. We like to collaborate with you on creating an efficient and safe solution for your environment. On this page we provide you with a brief explanation of several specific projects within these sectors that best characterise us as a company. The exceptions that make you situation unique constitute our challenge.

            Tata steel, the Netherlands
            Uddeholm, Sweden
            Nucor Memphis, USA

            Nucor Memphis
            A few years ago the operators of Nucor Memphis’ Ladle cranes started to experience difficulty working in the high temperatures in the plant. In addition, their visibility was limited due to the poor design of the cabins and the moisture, alkalinity and dirt that was sticking to the glass. The need to continuously look down and the poor layout of the consoles forced operators to assume an incorrect work posture, which ultimately led to physical complaints among operators.

            In coordination with Nucor Memphis, Merford decided to supply a cabin designed for this application which was principally shaped to conform with the most important and most often used viewing angle. The composition of the entire cabin and the placement of the windows is fully geared to the process and the location of the cabin in the crane. In addition to the cabin’s shape, a number of special windows and a high-quality heavy duty HVAC and filter system were installed in collaboration with the German firm FrigorTec. To aim for a good working posture and avoid physical complaints, an Ergoseat H was installed in the cabin. Click here to learn more about this case.

            Uddeholm
            In collaboration with the local agent G.O.Bromsteknik AB, Merford recently supplied a cabin to Uddeholm AB in Sweden. Uddeholm is a manufacturer of high-quality steel in the form of so-called tool steel bars. What was special about this project is that the cabin was attached to a turning mechanism. The requirement called for the cabin to be increased in size compared to the existing cabin, while retaining the cabin’s rotating feature. To make this possible, a new position for the turning point had to be found together with the maximum size. Merford was able to achieve this together with its local reprensentative G.O.Bromsteknik AB. Click here to learn more about this case.

            Relevant cases

            • Stahlwerk Annahütte
              New, advanced operator cabin for German steel manufacturer Stahlwerk Annahütte

              Stahlwerk Annahütte is a rolling mill factory and manufactures round bars in special bar quality (SBQ) and thread bars for the construction industry. Their products are applied in automotive, tool/mechanical engineering and oil field industry. The thread bars with accessories are used as a system in tunnelling and mining, bridges, geotechnical applications and high-rise buildings. (...)

            • Uddeholm Hagfors
              Custom-made operator cabin for Uddeholm Hagfors (SE)

              In collaboration with our local agent G.O. Bromsteknik AB, Merford recently designed and supplied a cabin to Uddeholm AB in Sweden. Uddeholm is a manufacturer of high-quality steel that is used to produce tool steel bars. An important requirement was that the project be completed in a short period of time. This was no easy task, given that a rotation mechanism secures the crane to the roof. In addition, the original air conditioning had to be reused and the cabin enlarged where possible.

            • Nucor Memphis
              Customized steelmill operator cabin for Nucor Memphis (US)

              Nucor Bar Mill is a steel production company located in Memphis that distinguishes itself by processing carbon and alloy steels into guardrails, rebar, wires and similar steel products. Each year 9 million tonnes of recycled iron is melted down to produce new products. A few years ago the operators of the Ladle cranes began to experience symptoms related to working in the high temperatures prevailing above the liquid steel. In addition, their visibility was limited due to the deficient design of the cabins and the misting of the glass. Furthermore, the physical load experienced by the operators became too difficult to bear. The limited visibility, the need to continuously look down and the deficient layout of the consoles forced the operators to assume an incorrect work posture, which ultimately led to physical complaints among the operators.