1. HPH® Bell-type Annealing Furnaces for Stainless Steel Strip

HPH® Bell-type Annealing Furnaces for Stainless Steel Strip

For over 60 years LOI, has been a technical and economical market leader in Bell-type Annealing technology. A wide variety of innovative details and comprehensive process technology expertise are the result that customers can build on.

Throughout the world, more than 8,500 LOI annealing bases have been installed. About 5,000 of these bases operate with HNx controlled atmospheres (5 % H2, 95 % N2). More than 3,500 bases use HPH® annealing technology with pure hydrogen annealing atmosphere. LOI is therefor also market leader in the field of high performance Bell-type Annealing Furnaces.

LOI has installed more than 300 bell-type-annealing plants in more than 30 countries and these plants are producing approx. 45 million tons of wide, medium-width and narrow strip each year.

In developing HPH® technology, LOI focused on the zero-error philosophy at the same time as building on existing furnace designs. As a result, even older Bell-type Annealing plants can be converted to HPH® operation.

LOI HPH® technology ensures atmosphere dew points below -60 °C. The extremely pure hydrogen annealing atmosphere and precise temperature control bring considerable quality benefits with a wide variety of steel grades.

  • Value for Money

    Value for Money

    • Low operating costs
    • Low shop floor space consumption due to high efficiency
  • Efficiency


    • High efficient burner-individual recuperators
    • High convective heat transfer
    • Excellent temperature uniformity
  • Safety


    • Sophisticated process control
    • O2 concentration monitoring during prepurging
    • TÜV proven safety strategy
  • Service


    • Long service life
    • Sturdy cast diffusor system
  • Reference


    • > 60 years of experience in Bell-type Annealing
    • > 8,500 bases worldwide (>3,500 HPH®)
  • Environment


    • Selection of alternative cooling systems i.e. for low water quality or extended energy recovery
  • Digitalization


    • Fully automated control system
    • Various software modules for optimization
  • Technical Excellence

    Technical Excellence

    • World's first fully automated BAF plant
    • HPH®-Flameless combustion technology
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    45141 Essen