Steel Mills

ArcelorMittal Replaces Vac Trucks & Saves 300k Annually.

The Problem: Each sub-plant was spending over $250K per year on vacuum truck contractors.

Our Solution: The 40hp DuroVac PowerLift configured as a Central Vac.

ArcelorMittal is one of Canada's largest steel processing plants..

Project Backstory

ArcelorMittal supplies 1.6 million tons of direct-produced pipe steel to reinforcing steel manufacturers & into construction and automotive industries. The “Contrecoeur-East” facility complex spans 3 highway exits located in southwestern Quebec.

Inside the facility, 80 conveyor belts transport materials to their respective locations. “There are a lot of iron ore dust and fragments,” explains Senior Coordinator, Gabriel Lucena. “We had hired a contractor that came in every week to suck out the material that had fallen around the conveyor belts, and this was a very costly operation.”

“When we used vacuum trucks, we always had to pay a minimum of four hours, so large piles would accumulate before we called for the truck. This wasn’t optimal in terms of health and safety.” claimed Gabriel.

Silica, iron oxides & lime dust drastically affect air quality. Letting material build up also creates possible tripping hazards, NOT IDEAL in a steel processing mill.

Pre-Purchase Customer Service

“A DuroVac representative came to the plant and we had some on-site discussions. He looked at the material, as well as the composition of the material, ensuring that he could recommend the right equipment for us.” - explains Gabriel.

“We had another meeting to discuss more of the technical details and he had a couple of designs for consideration,”. DuroVac was very knowledgeable, and we appreciated that they came here and walked us through all the technical aspects of the project.

ArcelorMittal values quality, not only in their own products, but also in the equipment they purchase. When a DuroVac rep offered to demonstrate a vacuum installed at another ArcelorMittal facility, Gabriel and team took him up on the offer.

“The other complex had the equipment working for a year and they had no problems, so we were pretty sure we were buying good quality.” - quality concerns alleviated.

The right equipment?

The DuroVac PowerLift™ with HEPA inline filter.

A 40 horsepower, HEPA certified, DuroVac PowerLift™ - connected to a piping network, to be used as a powerful central vacuum system. Chosen for its constant velocity, the PowerLift allows ArcelorMittal to move considerable tonnage with ease - replacing the need of vacuum trucks.


Installation and Machine Use

“Installation was straightforward,” Gabriel explains, adding that it was one of the things they liked about the equipment. While DuroVac offers installation for their customers, ArcelorMittal had the capabilities to install the system themselves.

Pre-wired and factory tested, it took two mechanics and one electrician 40 hours over a 15-day period to have their PowerLift central system up and running.

Note: A majority of these hours came from laying down heavy-duty sch 40 piping.

After Installation & Performance

“After installation, performance has been great, and it has been very successful in terms of maintenance. We use it every week — sometimes twice — and everyone is happy with it.”

“In fact”, says Gabriel, “The first system was so good they’ve installed a second system to clean up limestone”.

“We are able to do the clean-up twice a week, and with this frequency, we remain clean nearly all the time. If a conveyor has a problem and we have spillage, we can clean up right away, without a vacuum truck.

"In terms of health and safety, as well as cost, we are very happy. This is exactly what we were looking for in the beginning.”

Performance Outcome

To date, the Contrecoeur locations have installed 7 different DuroVac PowerLift vacuums throughout multiple plants handling coking coal, fly ash, lime dust, limestone, scale, various chemical reagents, and heavy steel pellets.

*ArcelorMittal achieved their return on investment within months.*




Contact sales@durovac.com or call 888-330-3365 to discuss your application today.