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Non-ferrous metals

Efficient, cost-saving thermal process solutions for non-ferrous metals

Fives’ combustion solutions produce high-quality non-ferrous metals such as aluminum and copper while reducing NOx, CO emissions and carbon footprint. In the aluminum industry, our solutions meet producers’ needs for greater melter efficiency. For the copper industry, our combustion systems boost efficiency and lower costs associated with manufacturing.

An extensive history of combustion systems innovation

Fives plays a major role in providing the most modern raw material, green anode, anode baking and gas treatment centers for primary aluminum customers. You can find out more about them by clicking here

Aluminum producers are focused on improving thermal system performance in terms of fuel efficiency, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and in-furnace combustion products. Fives’ burners and accessories can optimize every step of the aluminum process


Fives offers the latest in low-emissions technology for melt shops. Our durable solutions include: 


Fives’ high velocity burners efficiently power holding furnaces in casthouses. Our solutions for casting include: 


Processing is the vital final step in the aluminum process. Depending on the client’s needs, we can recommend the ideal solution: 


Fives’ advanced safety programmable logic controller (PLC) controls help customers get the best performance from their combustion equipment investments. From accessible documentation to customer-friendly interfaces, Fives controls are designed to immediately isolate potential problems and control the process efficiently:  

  • North American Safety PLC Controls 

Increasing copper production while decreasing costs

With Fives’ combustion technology, copper producers can improve process efficiency, lower GHG emissions and increase the purity of their copper, all while cutting operating costs. 

Our burners and accessories are ideal for applications such as oxygen flash smelters, converting furnaces, anode furnaces, shaft furnaces, launders and preheaters. They can also be used in rotary and stationary holding furnaces, heat treat furnaces and more.  

Fives can help design the optimal copper production system based on comprehensive and expert analysis. Fives’ thermal process solutions for copper include: 

Expertise in a range of non-ferrous metals

Fives can support alumina, zinc and lithium producers. ITAS horizontal-flow, indirect-fired air heaters range from 100 to 800 kW and are used in any process where hot air is required without combustion. They offer high thermal efficiency (>85%) and low flue gas temperature, thanks to a recuperation device located in front of the smoke discharge.  

The Pillard ROTAFLAM® burner, the Pillard DNOxFLAM™ and the Pillard NOVAFLAM® Evolution are industry-leading technologies for lithium, zinc and other non-ferrous metals rotary kilns. Depending on your production needs, you can maximize flexibility, minimize emissions and even automate your burners. The Pillard HeatGen System™ also powers alumina, silica and zinc production. 

In addition, Fives offers tailor-made solutions for every step of the metal production process, including: 

  • Process services that ensure optimal secondary melter performance  

  • Combustion systems dedicated to independent power generation and/or incorporating regenerative and cold air technologies  

  • Combustion control systems such as burner control cabinets with fail-safe PLCs 

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