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BFI scientist receives the Heinz-Leuze award

The publication by Dr. Andreas Bán "electropolishing of stainless steel and medical special materials in ionic liquids and non-aquous electrolytes" has received the Award sponsored by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Galvano- und Oberflächentechnik e.V. (DGO).
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BFI is founding member of the Association Zuse

The Association Zuse is the organisation representing the interests of the German private non-profit research institutes, an important element of Germany's innovation landscape.

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BFI recieves environment award

In a recently completed research project BFI and its partners successfully implemented the first power production from the waste heat of forging furnaces. Due to its innovative nature the project was included into the initiative of the KlimaExpo.NRW.

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Welcome to BFI

VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut (BFI) is a leading European provider of application-focused R&D in the field of steelmaking technology. It provides the steel industry with top-level research and development meeting the most exacting international standards. BFI's field of activities covers the entire steelmaking process chain, from charge materials to the final product. Our core competences lie in the field of measuring technology, process engineering and process automation. BFI cooperates very closely with similar institutes all over Europe.

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A BFI-innovation received the Efficiency Award NRW 2015

The high-level jury of the Efficiency Agency NRW has conferred its Award to Dörken MKS-Systeme for its newly developed high-temperature coating for corrosion protection in the steel processing. This new coating system has been developed in cooperation with BFI and Walzwerken Einsal.

This innovation is a result of the project TempKorroSchu, which has been supported by the European Fund for Regional Development of the EU and by the Land North Rhine Westphalia, in the frame of the programme Ziel2.NRW
Reliable mould powder coverage
BFI developed a cost-effective optical measuring technique for monitoring casting powder coverage.
It is suitable for all types of billet, bloom and slab casters. With regard to its small dimensions it is especially useful for billets with small casting sizes such as 120 mm square.>>>
Model-based closed-loop O2-control
Closed-loop control of the combustion gas atmosphere in heating furnaces offers a high energy savings potential that is seldom put to use these days. Control of the O2 content in furnaces, too, offers the possibility to exert a positive influence on charge material oxidation. Both goals can be combined through model-based techniques and be realised relatively simply at existing heating furnaces.>>>