Pi brings Dango & Dienenthal to AIST ETC training seminar

Join us at the AIST Environmental Technical Committee meeting & training course 17-18 October 2018The Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites • Indianapolis, IN, USA

Dardan Lukaj will present and explain their revolutionary water filter technology that enables end-users to manage their in-take and in-system water systems against invasive mussels, grown and larvae. No chlorination required, the unique filter mesh design kills larvae mechanically.



Greg Langlois Passes

We share the Sad news that our great friend and refractory partner Greg Langlois of Refractories Plus Inc., has succumbed to the cancer that was found late last year.
Greg was well known for using his wide range of theoretical and practical knowledge of both products and applications to develop innovative and cost effective solutions and improvements for a wide range of plant customers and partners. Clever in the use of standard products for new applications and installation methods to simplify and shorten outage times. He was an early leader in developing a unique supply chain to various products from China that delivered savings without compromising quality and delivery goals. His passion for the business shone through in everything he did. He became Mr. Reliable to all of us.

Typical Greg, although irreplaceable himself, had already assigned some of the various functions to different partners and we can access this continuity plan on behalf of our customers.

Peel Jones copper products (PJCP)

Peel Jones continues to further improve the life of its tuyeres

Working as primary copper tuyere, cooler and plate supplier withs its long time customer TATA IJmuiden, Peel Jones report progress on a trial to further increase the longevity of the custom made tuyeres supplied there:

“6 Calorized Tuyeres on trial with them have been in the furnace for 160 days and are showing no signs of any problems” confirmed Director Peter Garner.

This protection system, already popular in North America complements the advanced glass casting system long used for TATA IJmuiden and unparalleled in delivering consistently smooth cooling channels. Ceramic and overlay options are also available and provided in various combinations to a long list of satisfied customers. As a leading primary & secondary supplier to most global steelmaker groups, the Peel Jones technical group continues to push product development as part of its Continuous improvement strategy.

EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING: More good news for its customers is that the current pound sterling exchange rate has weakened and thus translates into “the lowest dollar and euro denominated prices seen for many years” continued Mr. Garner. This allows existing customers to increase spares and standby stocks and for potential customers to run trials at greatly reduced costs.


As the only globally leading manufacturer to have continued updating and developing its cast COG gate valves AVK Donkin is now setting up a stocking program that will reduce delivery times and allow maintenance groups to replace valves, cheaper and faster that extensive repairs to 20-50 year old valves. Modern casting techniques and updated design functions such as steam cleaning and water sealing allows gradual replacement of old and fragile valves.

More details will be unveiled at the AIST Hamilton Product and services fair today.

Dango & Dienenthal

Pi is working with Dango & Dienenthal of Germany to launch its unique range of water filters into North American steel plants. The Filterautomat & Jetfilter are the only fully automatic & self-cleaning units with a patented slotted sieve design that kills mussel larvae mechanically and provides the highest efficiency with zero by-pass leakage.

Andritz Pumps

Performance Improvement is now the Manufacturers representative for Andritz Pumps.  Andritz Pumps use innovative and targeted solutions to provide customers with a quality engineered pump for many types of applications.  Andritz at present runs run four test loops in Austria and Switzerland, where they develop their pumps and turbines and “put them to the test”.

Quality assurance, process requirements and the quality standards that Andritz pumps have to meet are defined on a globally uniform level.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss Andritz pumps with you.