Industrial Refurbishment of Receiving Hopper for the Steel Industry

This receiving hopper suffered from wear and tear due to age and usage. As a result it wasn’t functioning at its capacity. Our client, from the steel industry, contacted Refax, Inc. to refurbish the receiving hopper. This particular hopper is located at the top of the blast furnace, and is used to uniformly direct materials to the rotating distributor. For this particular client, refurbishing was the most logical and economical solution.

We picked up the hopper from the client’s location, performed a thorough inspection, and disassembled the unit to begin the restoration. Once the corner and inside liners were removed, we cleaned the hopper via sand/water blasting and hand grinding. Various mild steel sections of the hopper needed to be removed and repaired as needed. Once repaired the hopper was relined with new Chrome Carbide Wear plates, coated with red oxide primer, and processed by our quality control.

Project Specifications

Product Description

Receiving Hopper is located at the top of a blast furnace, which feeds a rotating distributor to help get uniform distribution of materials.

Capabilities Applied/Processes

  • Pickup
    • Pickup Hopper from Clients Location
  • Disassembly
    • Remove Corner Liners
    • Remove 35 Liners on the Inside
  • Cleaning Hopper
    • Sand/Water Blast
    • Hand grind
  • Assess what repairs are needed (strip & advise)
  • Sawing
  • Drilling
  • Arc Welding
  • Assembly
    • Install New Liners Supplied by Customer
  • Grinding
  • Priming
    • Prime w/ Red Oxide Primer

Overall Part Dimensions

Tapered ID’s 7′-2 ½” to 9′-8 ½”; plate thinness ½”

Tightest Tolerances

+/- 1/8″

Material Used

A36 Steel

In Process Testing Performed

100% Inspection Before & After

Estimated Part Weight


Industry For Use


Delivery Location

East Chicago, Indiana

Standards Met

Customer supplied print, 2D CAD Drawing