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Jupiter Aluminum Corporation

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moving toward a second shift, increasing the plant's capacity.
Jupiter Aluminum's success is based
on these continuous investments, which
allowed the company to grow from a few
million pounds a month to over twenty
million pounds shipped.
While the company has continued to
expand its capacity, it has also remained
very conscious of its responsibility to
the environment. "The respect of the
environment is a key component of Jupiter's positioning in the market," Gross
says. Around 2000, the company developed an oxy-fuel based technology.
Chevalier explains that an air-separation unit was built on site to separate
from breathable air the oxygen, nitrogen
and argon. The separated oxygen is then
mixed with natural gas to feed the fur-

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nace burners. The nitrogen is used in the
annealing process and the argon in the
furnace department with the dross processing equipment. This energy re-utilization technology means that nearly
nothing is lost in the process and significant savings are realized.
Dramatic results are measurable:
The technology speeds up the melting
process, improving furnace efficiency.
The oxy-fuel technology (oxygen mixed
with natural gas with a high temperature flame) also considerably reduces
natural gas consumption, reaching savings of about 70 percent without any
damage to the furnaces. Additionally,
the technology reduces CO2 emissions
by about 70 percent.
At Jupiter Aluminum, the use of oxygen in its industrial melting furnaces

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