The big view

Christian Laudenberg knows, as a foundry manager, what a crucial moment it is when tapping takes place in the smelting furnace. He captured this image, entitled Tapping: a close-up view, in furnace “C”. The light from the melt gives the scene … Continue reading

März_OriginalfotoChristian Laudenberg knows, as a foundry manager, what a crucial moment it is when tapping takes place in the smelting furnace. He captured this image, entitled Tapping: a close-up view, in furnace “C”. The light from the melt gives the scene a special touch of colour that stands out against the otherwise light-grey drabness of the foundry. The liquid molten metal flows at a temperature of up to three thousand degrees Fahrenheit (1,650°C).

Small-sized casts like the ones shown here require special precision when it comes to pouring in the exact quantity for casting. Tapping is therefore of vital importance to the final quality of the casting. If the ladle moves during the pouring procedure, the scales are likely – under certain circumstances – to supply an incorrect weight reading. Each casting demands the highest levels of concentration and precision to match another of Kuhn Special Steel’s unique selling points: the diversity and variety of its components in terms of materials, dimensions and weights. The induction furnace shown here is the smallest of a total of seven that the foundry operates, designed for weights of between 500 kilos and 2.2 metric tons. Kuhn Special Steel can nevertheless handle castings weighing up to 5 tons. In standard practice, a thirty-kilo component is cast after a session involving 3.5 metric tons from various furnaces. All our furnaces are equipped with the latest heat-recovery technology, thereby letting them contribute to the cost-efficient and environment-friendly production of high-quality steel.

März_GemäldeThe Kuhn calendar initiative, a creative project carried out jointly with the painter Cindy Kuhn-Chuang and employees of Kuhn Special Steel, aims to capture photographic impressions of our working environment.

A snapshot of the photographer

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Name:
Christian Laudenberg

Since when have you been working for the company?
since 2001

What do you do there?
foundry manager

How and when did you take up photography as a hobby?
I’ve always liked photography, and as more and more opportunities to take pictures of my kids presented themselves, I got myself an SLR camera and started to take it up more seriously.

What kind of camera do you use?
Canon 650 D / Canon 5D Mark III

What are your favourite subjects?
Scenes involving the family, and also nature.

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