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[21/05/2020] DSF 72R

DSF 72R - Product Spotlight

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DSF 72R - Product Spotlight

DSF 72R is an unheralded product, which has extended rotary kiln life in numerous processes worldwide.

This material crucially exhibits irreversible thermal expansion and a high degree of elasticity compared with traditional high alumina materials, ensuring a tight and stable refractory lining in service (see after use image). It is also safe to use in reducing conditions.

The raw material used converts to mullite in service tightening the rings, but not expanding enough to spall the front face of the brick off. DSF 72R was developed to have high strain to failure so it can deform under kiln flexing to avoid brittle failure. Its relatively low thermal conductivity also puts less stress on the kiln structure.

DSF 72R has been successfully used in Iron Ore Direct Reduction Kilns, Calcined Coke Rotary Kilns and Lime Kilns due to its ability to manage the mechanical forces generated during operation and the chemical and thermal issues within the various kiln environments.

To request a data sheet or for more detailed information please contact info@dsf.co.uk or a DSF representative.

[06/05/2020] Covid-19 Update May 6th 2020

DSF Update on the Covid-19 situation

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I would firstly like to send all our employees, customers, suppliers and partners around the world our very best wishes and we hope you can all maintain good health through this crisis.

At DSF, like most people around the globe, we are getting used to the new normal of working under the constraints imposed by the Covid-19 virus pandemic. There has been some easing of lockdowns in some other European countries and there is talk of some other non-essential businesses reopening in the UK, DSF has continued to operate throughout the crisis and we are now producing at the same rate as before the pandemic hit the UK.

We have been successfully operating our new shift system for more than a month now, a system which minimises the number of people on site by having alternating shifts for our manufacturing, engineering and technical teams. Many of our office staff are working from home, but a small core of people are still working from the office to facilitate production or to be a point of contact for any customer enquiries.

We are very pleased with the actions of our employees, who have worked well within all the social distancing and enhanced hygiene policies that are essential to keeping everyone safe. Their attitude has been magnificent and the company owes them a great deal of thanks.

At DSF, we understand the importance of refractories as part of the supply chain to many industries and we are working hard to ensure our customers will get the products they need to keep their processes operating and to allow necessary repairs and rebuilds to take place as planned.

We have good raw material stocks and we are grateful that our raw material suppliers and other contractors are working hard to support us. We are taking new orders as normal and we are continuing to work to the order delivery schedules we have already committed to. Unfortunately there have been some delays, but customers have already been informed of these.

If you have any questions, please ask your normal point of contact. We are all still working, available and ready to help. Please stay safe and best wishes from all at DSF.

Neale Parkin 6th May 2020

[08/04/2020] Covid-19 Update April 2020

DSF Update on the Covid-19 situation

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The UK, like many other countries around the world, is in the grip of the Covid-19 virus pandemic. We would firstly like to send all our customers, suppliers and partners around the world our very best wishes and we hope you can all maintain good health through this crisis.

Business comes second in a situation like this, but we have a duty to our employees and to our many loyal customers to continue to operate as safely and effectively as possible.

We are following UK Government advice and they have deemed manufacturing should continue, as long as we can follow public health advice and ensure social distancing measures can be met.

In a press release from the World Refractories Association they say:

“Without refractories, important industries and the products they produce would not exist. Whether it is the ambulances we drive, the hospitals we use, the roads we rely on, the medical equipment that we need, the communications tools we use, the waste we need to incinerate, or the medicines we take, the world we know would not exist without refractories.”

At DSF, we understand the importance of refractories as part of the supply chain to facilitate the provision of medicines, essential construction and food and beverages.

To enable manufacturing to continue at DSF we have put in additional social distancing measures, moved to shift patterns that will reduce the number of employees on site at any one time by around 50% and employed thorough cleaning processes into our daily regimes. Staff will work from home wherever possible, but we will always have a point of contact in the commercial office to deal with any customer enquiries.

We will endeavour to work to the order delivery schedules we have already committed, any changes to order lead times will be relayed to customers immediately.

If you have any questions, please ask your normal point of contact. We are all here, available and ready to help. Please stay safe and once again best wishes from all at DSF.

[19/03/2020] The Optimum Tin Bath Block Solution

DSF CTB: The Optimum Tin Bath Block Solution.

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DSF are one of the worlds leading suppliers of tin bath bottom block for the float glass industry. Our material, DSF CTB, can be found in the critical areas of the tin bath in seventy float lines worldwide and our customers include major float glass producers such as AGC, Guardian and NSG. Here Chris Windle, DSF's Technical Director, describes why DSF CTB has been so successful and highlights its unique properties.

DSF CTB the Optimum Tin Bath Block Solution

[05/02/2020] Tender for supply of air compressor

Proposed Tender for supply, delivery and installation of a 75KW – 500CFM VSD Screw Compressor.

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Proposed Tender for supply, delivery and installation of a 75KW – 500CFM VSD Screw Compressor.

DSF are a Refractories Manufacturer and Mineral Processing Company set in the Peak District National Park. As a continuing process of improving the company’s efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint we seek tenders for supply of a replacement 75 kw variable speed air compressor.

The compressor will be used to run a substantial number of the company’s plant and equipment including presses, bagging machines, mixers and our air filtration system.

The selection criteria will consider price, specification of equipment, timescale and credibility of the supplier.

Deadline for Applications is the 15th February 2020

For further information please contact
Matt Handley
Strategic Operations Manager
DSF Refractories & Minerals Ltd
Nr Buxton
Derbyshire, SK17 0DX. UK
Tel: +44 01629 636271

Pictured: DSF’s existing 90KW compressor

[16/01/2020] Glass Suppliers Article

Article on UK Glass Suppliers Alliance seminar held in Barnsley last November.

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DSF took part in the second UK Glass Suppliers Alliance seminar in Barnsley at the end of last year, which saw leading UK glassmakers gather for industry related papers and networking. Glass Worldwide were there to cover the event, a link to their article can be found below.


[09/01/2020] eMail Server Downtime

Planned Maintenance of eMail Server.

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Due to planned maintenance DSF will not be able to receive emails between Friday afternoon and Monday morning. We will make every attempt to catch up on any “missing” emails but if you need to contact us during this time please use other forms of communication.

Apologies in Advance

DSF Refractories & Minerals Ltd
Friden, Newhaven,
Nr. Buxton
Derbyshire, SK17 0DX, England
Telephone: +44 (0) 1629 636271

Processed Minerals & Monolithics
Direct Telephone: +44 (0)1629 630120

[17/12/2019] Christmas Operating Hours

Details of Christmas Operating Hours.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at DSF. Please see our opening hours below.

The weighbridge will close at 3.45pm on Monday 23rd December and re-open at 6 am on Thursday 2nd January 2019

The offices will close on Tuesday 24th December at 1pm and re-open at 8.30am on Thursday 2nd January. There will be limited cover in the Sales office on 27th, 30th and 31st December.

Please note the offices will also be closed on the afternoon of Friday 20th December

[03/12/2019] Technical Article

Mullite Refractories for Optimum SRU Lining Stability.

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In this technical article, Chris Windle (DSF Technical Director), discusses the material choices for sulphur recovery unit linings and describes the benefits of DSF Frimul FX.

DSF Frimul FX represents a step change in SRU lining materials exhibiting unparelled creep resistance, a lower density compared to traditional higher alumina products and also a lower thermal conductivity.

This article was first published in the IRE Journal (November 2019)

Mullite Refractories for Optimum SRU Lining Stability.

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[19/11/2019] UK Glass Suppliers Alliance Seminar

DSF present at the UK Glass Suppliers Alliance Seminar in Barnsley…

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DSF, along with eight other leading UK glass industry suppliers, hosted the second UK Glass Suppliers Alliance Seminar at Tankersley Manor in Barnsley last week. It was a pleasure to meet with many of the UK’s glass manufacturers who were in attendance and share some of our new ideas and product developments for the glass industry.

Paul Hutchinson (DSF Sales & Marketing Director) gave two short presentations updating the assembled glassmakers on DSF’s current activities and detailing new and interesting products such as DSF Frimul FX, a high temperature fused mullite for melter crowns in special glass and e-glass furnaces. Sarah Wells (Sales & Exhibitions Co-ordinator) and Anne-Marie Aitchison (Commercial Office Team Leader) were also in attendance managing the tabletop and networking with customers and other suppliers.

Thank you to all who attended the seminar.

Photos 1-3 courtesy of Glass Worldwide

[23/10/2019] AFGM conference

DSF return from a well attended AFGM conference.

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DSF returned from a very enjoyable and well organised AFGM conference on the beautiful coral island of Cebu in the Philippines last week.

The event was well attended with Richard Hampton and Paul Hutchinson participating for DSF. If you talked with Richard or Paul at the event and would like more information please contact us via info@dsf.co.uk

[18/10/2019] Glass Problems 2019

Positive attendance at the recent Glass Problems Conference in the US….

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A positive attendance, a mix of interesting papers and good networking opportunties were all evident at the 80th Conference on Glass Problems in Columbus, Ohio.

DSF were representated at the Conference by Nigel Longshaw (Area Sales Manager) and Sarah Wells (Sales & Exhibitions Co-ordinator). Nigel and Sarah provided updates on DSF products and activities from our tabletop stand.

[01/10/2019] Gulf Glass 2019

DSF return from Dubai ….

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Thanks to all who visited the DSF stand at Gulf Glass Exhibition in Dubai last week. We had a successful week speaking to potential new customers and some old friends. DSF now move onto the AFGM in Cebu, Philippines from 14th to 17th October….see you there!

If you are attending the exhibition please come along and meet our Sales Director, Paul Hutchinson, who will be on the stand for DSF.

[17/09/2019] Gulf Glass 2019

DSF head to Dubai….

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DSF will be in Dubai next week for Gulf Glass 2019. The exhibition is in the Dubai World Trade Centre and runs from 24th to 26th September, 10.00am to 7.00pm daily.

DSF are exhibiting as part of the Glass Source stand, our appointed representative in the region. We can be found in Hall Shaykh Maktoum, Stand Number B121.

If you are attending the exhibition please come along and meet our Sales Director, Paul Hutchinson, who will be on the stand for DSF.

[31/05/2019] China Glass 2019

Looking back at China Glass 2019…

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DSF would like to thank everyone who joined us on our stand at China Glass in Beijing last week. We had interesting discussions and some great fun during the week.

Thanks also to our agents Andi Fadhill, who helped and supported us on the stand and Mr Moon who kindly organised a dinner event during the show.

See you next year in Shanghai where the event runs from the 14th to 17th April.

[20/05/2019] Ready For China Glass 2019

China Glass Booth 515 Hall E1.

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Preparations are complete for China Glass 2019, this year held in Beijing at the China International Exhibition Centre.

DSF will be available at Booth 515 Hall E1 for the duration of the exhibition 22nd to 25th May to welcome customers old and new. On the stand as usual will be Paul Hutchinson, Richard Hampton and Sarah Wells to discuss our range of refractory materials for the glass industry.

Please stop by and see us.