Coke Oven Practices

  • The coke oven batteries, built in the 1950’s, continue to produce both high quality furnace and foundry coke while maintaining compliance with all environmental regulations. The process of making coal into coke occurs by the heating of coal in the absence of air. This process is the destructive distillation of coal. Basically, ERP Coke bakes the coal which removes volatile matter and transitions the carbon forms in coal into the structured carbon form of coke.
  • Coal Blend Identification - Properly blended coals are transported to the top house for storage prior to being charged into the coke ovens. Coal blends are tracked by a numbering system.
  • Optical Pyrometers for Oven Heating - ERP Coke uses the latest high- tech optical pyrometers to determine flue temperatures and a new combustion control system to adjust these temperatures as required.
  • Pushing Schedules - Once in the oven, the coal blend requires proper flue temperatures control and rigid adherence to a pushing schedule.
  • Experienced Operating Personnel - Our experienced operating staff at the Coke Ovens assures close adherence to proper pushing schedule, work procedures, heating temperatures and emission control.
  • Pictorial Work Instructions - Work procedures in the form of pictorial instruction are easy to understand and follow.
  • Coke Oven Emission Control Equipment - The coke ovens are outfitted with the latest equipment for pollution abatement, including stage coal charging, oven door leak control, a coke side emission control device, mechanical door jamb cleaners, and mechanized door sealing edge cleaners.
  • Preventative Maintenance & Work Order System - In order to maintainsafety performance, environmental compliance and production requirements, the equipment at ERP Coke must be properly maintained. This is achieved with a Preventative Maintenance Work Order System.