Pin Heater Furnace

Pin Heater

The Upstate Refractory Services, Inc. engineering team designed this Pin Heater Furnace.  Our team created this furnace complete - from start to finish.  This specific pin heater is used for stopper pins in a continuous casting aluminum operation and is designed to run at a temperature of 1100 degrees, which it reaches within 15 minutes.

For more information about specific furnace designs and rebuilds, please contact us in our Info section or read more in the Engineering section of the website.

Safety Day 2016

All Employees, Safety Day 2016

All Employees, Safety Day 2016

On Friday, November 4th, we gathered as a company for our Annual Safety Day.  We spent the day getting up to date on all of our safety programs and getting re-certified for skills for day to day work.


Some of the updates include classroom-style training in the topics of:

  • Hot Work Permits
  • Lock Out Tag Out
  • Welding PPE
  • PPE
  • Confined Space Training
  • Ladder Safety
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Fall Protection

We also received training from Vesuvius Inc about the best ways to properly mix and use materials so we can make the best product with the least amount of waste.


Lastly, we split for afternoon sessions to perform respirator fit tests, scissor lift training, and road tests for driving company vehicles.

We put safety first as a company and feel it is important to take a day each year to be sure we are as safe as we can be!

Annual Employee Golf Tournament!

2016 Golfers

2016 Golfers

On Saturday, July 30th, we held our Annual Employee Golf Tournament and Picnic at Big Oak Golf Course in Geneva, NY.

We had 30 golfers participate in a scramble style tournament this year.  Eight teams played 9 holes of golf.  We held competitions for the Ladies' and Mens' longest drives and closest to the pin.  

The winning golf team consisted of Bryan, Gil, Chuck K., and Bill.  They ended the day with a score of 34 and received hats as their prize.

The winner of the longest drive for the men was Jason and for the ladies was Allison.  The winner of the closest to the pin competition was Mike P. for the men and Krista for the ladies.  The men received hats and the ladies received large beach bags with candles and lotion inside as their prizes.

The team with the highest, most honest score consisted of Ken and Diane V., Matt and Lori with a score of 45.  They received gift cards as their prize.

Immediately following the golf was a picnic where employees and their families joined, catered by Big Oak Golf Course.  

All guests were treated to Upstate Refractory Services, Inc. logo fleece blankets and other various prizes, including gift bags filled with school supplies and fun prizes for the children and teens.  

We look forward to this annual outing to celebrate our employees and their families!





Upstate Refractory Services Installs New Multi Station Ladle Preheater


Upstate Refractory Services was selected to design, fabricate and install a new system for an area foundry to preheat their foundry ladles in a controlled and safe manner.  The system consists of one single station unit for the larger ladles, and one four station unit for their smaller ladles.  The previous system consisted of inspirated gas burners that had no temperature control, no insulation to retain the heat, and high noise levels when in operation.  The new system has been on site for a few months and has been performing as expected.  The benefits realized include a much lower noise level (less than 70db), the ability to control the heat up rate for drying out new linings,significant fuel savings, safe operation, and reliable temperature measurement to insure that the ladle temperature is correct before use in production. 

Please call Upstate Refractory Services, Inc if you would like more information on this project.  We stand ready to assist your company in solving heat process equipment challenges.  Our goal is to exceed your expectations.


Upstate Refractory Services selected to supply replacement fluid bed dryer combustion chamber.

Following are some photos of a fluid bed dryer combustion chamber.  This fabrication is approximately 21′ long and 7’6″ diameter. The unit is lined with Unifrax Anchor Loc II modules and coated with Unifrax Silplate Mass 1500 to protect the modules from erosion due to the velocity of air and particles that move through the chamber.  The unit was dried to 300 degrees prior to shipment to set the Silplate Mass and painted prior to shipment.   Also included are some stainless steel shields to aid in the protection of the module.  We are confident that this will give our customer a reliable solution to their problem.  Upstate Refractory Services staff is always ready to work with your company to resolve the tough problems.  Give us a call!