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Metal Production

Metal production: A heavy-duty challenge for KSB pumps

Metal production is demanding for every material involved.  Aggressive substances and extreme conditions require truly hard-wearing products – such as pumps from KSB.

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Metal production pushes pumps to their limits 

Iron, steel, aluminium, copper or zinc production requires pumps to transport a wide variety of fluids in very different processes. These include chemically aggressive fluids, process waste water with abrasive solids, partially desalinated water, seawater, waste water with high solids content and even sludge. 

This demands a range of different pumps which together form a powerful, reliable and efficient system. And given the highly critical nature of processes involving aggressive fluids, automatic monitoring is especially important here.

High temperatures demand robust solutions 

Whether high-pressure pump or piston pump: KSB’s pumps perform impressively even when handling aggressive fluids at extreme temperatures. Their durability and long service life ensure smooth and energy-efficient processes with low continuous operating costs in numerous metal production plants worldwide – regardless of whether they are used for water cooling of components, cleaning of flue gases or high-pressure material processing.

As a specialist with international know-how, KSB can supply the right solution for every application in metal production as well as offering comprehensive support for monitoring or modernising existing processes and planning new systems.

KSB pumps improve performance – without increasing costs

Industrial pumps from KSB set global standards and are particularly suitable for pumping aggressive liquids in metal production. These tried-and-tested pumps as well as our valves are subject to continual development driven by KSB’s comprehensive know-how and experience. KSB conducts intensive research into new technologies and develops innovative materials for casings, bodies, bearings and seals. 

Handling the most demanding fluids is in some cases only possible thanks to these purpose-built materials and seals. Extremely wear-resistant materials and PolySiC coatings for example ensure above-average operating times.

The quality of production processes can also be decisively improved by installing a variable speed pump. This allows both the flow rate and the process pressure to be controlled. KSB’s PumpDrive adjusts the speed of the pump quickly, precisely and continuously to match current demand. And in PumpMeter, KSB offers an innovative tool for monitoring the efficiency of your pumps.

Our portfolio

KSB offers a wide range of products for metal production

  • Submersible motor pumps
  • Slurry pumps
  • Pumps for power station conventional islands
  • High-pressure pumps
  • Various drive systems
  • Variable speed systems 
  • Low-pressure centrifugal pumps

Applications include

  • Pumping of chemically aggressive fluids
  • Pumping of process water/process waste water with different solids contents
  • Raw material processing (coke making, ore processing)
  • Water cooling of components  
  • Washing, cleaning, rinsing and descaling  
  • Rolling, finishing and refining 
  • Waste water treatment 

Your benefits

  • As a specialist with international know-how, KSB offers the right solution for every application.
  • Exceptional pump performance even at extreme temperatures and with aggressive fluids
  • Energy-efficient, cost-saving processes thanks to product longevity and robustness 
  • Capable of handling extremely demanding fluids thanks to purpose-built materials and seals
  • Optimisation of production processes via variable speed systems and process monitoring
  • Comprehensive service – whether installation, inspection, maintenance or repair on site 



Horizontal long-coupled, single-stage (two-stage for pump size 125-500) volute casing pump in back pull-out design, with replaceable shaft sleeves / shaft protecting sleeves and casing wear rings, with magnetless KSB SuPremE motor of efficiency class IE4/IE5 and PumpDrive variable speed system; ATEX-compliant version available.



Horizontal or vertical radially split close-coupled volute casing pump, single-stage, single-entry, available with various impeller types: closed multi-channel impeller, open multi-vane impeller and free-flow impeller.

PumpDrive 2/PumpDrive 2 Eco

PumpDrive 2/PumpDrive 2 Eco

Modular self-cooling frequency inverter that enables continuously variable speed control of asynchronous and synchronous reluctance motors by means of analog standard signals, a field bus or the control panel. As PumpDrive is self-cooling, it can be mounted on a motor, on the wall or in a control cabinet. Up to six pumps can be controlled without needing an additional controller.

Illustration of the phases of a product life cycle: Consultation and analysis, commissioning, operation and repair

Service at KSB SupremeServ means being fully looked after

KSB SupremeServ offers you a comprehensive range of services and spare parts for pumps, valves and other equipment – including for products from other manufacturers – from face-to-face consultation to installation, commissioning, maintenance and repair. More than 3500 specialists in over 190 service centres worldwide are available around the clock, seven days a week. Concentrate on your core business – and let us take care of the rest.

Identification of energy-saving potential (Sonolyzer)

Identification of Energy-Saving Potential

KSB Sonolyzer® is a smartphone app from KSB which analyses the motor sound of your asynchronous motor to identify whether your pump is operating efficiently or whether too much energy is being consumed.

  • Free download
  • Analysis within seconds
Inspection service

Inspection service

KSB’s inspection service provides regular pump inspection and pump maintenance to ensure the reliable operation and increased availability of your system.

  • Preventing failures
  • 24-hour on-call service
Reverse Engineering for pumps and valves

Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering makes it possible to quickly reproduce pump spare parts that are hard to find or no longer available.

  • Straightforward reproduction of spare parts
  • The quality matches that of the original

KSB - one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial valves and pumps

Founded in 1871 in Frankenthal (Germany), KSB has been one of the leading suppliers of pumps and industrial valves for over 100 years. With more than 15,500 employees worldwide and its own sales and marketing, manufacturing facilities and service operations, KSB develops and produces custom-fit pumps for various applications.

As an experienced pump manufacturer, its product portfolio includes building and industrial technology, water transport, wastewater treatment and power plant processes. Thanks to innovative research and development, KSB can meet the most diverse requirements of customers. Benefit from many years of experience and technical expertise as a renowned pump manufacturer.

KSB pump manufacturers: the best solution for your plant
Industrial pumps and valves from KSB cover a wide range of applications and are highly energy-efficient. Products convince with the most innovative technology as well as with systems that have been tried and tested for many years - including the Etanorm water pump. Achieving more than 1.5 million sales worldwide, Etanorm is the most successful standard water pump. With KSB spare parts and services.

KSB ensures the operational reliability of its industrial pumps and valves. The KSB success formula for high-performance pumps lies in the technological strength in hydraulics, materials and automation.

Competent service right from the start
The numerous production facilities ensure that KSB as a pump manufacturer can guarantee customer proximity and first-class service. The experienced specialists are certified to ensure excellent quality and extensive experience. KSB Service takes care of the commissioning, inspection, servicing and maintenance of your pumps, valves and complete systems directly on site.  KSB also provide you with spare parts quickly. This means you get the best service directly from your pump manufacturer.