Mississauga, Canada
Mississauga, Canada

Hatch is a global multidisciplinary management, engineering and development consultancy. Its group companies have more than 11,000 staff in 65 offices on six continents. In 2009 it was one of the 100 largest companies in Canada, with sales over CDN $1 billion.The company was founded in Toronto, Canada, by W.S. Atkins as W.S. Atkins & Associates in 1955. The company initially was involved in subway tunneling and other civil engineering projects, and expanded into metallurgy when Gerry Hatch joined the company in January 1958. It became known as Hatch in 1962. Hatch counts among its metals clients the top 20 mining and metals companies in the world, including Alcan, Alcoa, BHP Billiton, Barrick Gold, BlueScope Steel, Xstrata , Vale and Rio Tinto.In 1996 the company began an expansion program by purchasing several aligned engineering companies including Billiton Engineering , Rescan Mining , BHP Engineering , Kaiser Engineers , Acres International , and MEK Engenharia . By 2005 the combined billing of the company was around CDN $700 million.Hatch today provides consulting, operations support, technologies, process design, and project and construction management to clients in three principal sectors: mining and metals; energy; and infrastructure.The company's main offices are in Canada, Australia, South Africa, Chile, China, Brazil, Peru, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States. They also have several smaller offices around the globe. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Hatch Ltd. | Date: 2015-04-27

A highly flexible sealing arrangement designed to seal high-temperature furnace ports, particularly the electrode port of an electric furnace. The seal comprises an annular support member fixed to a flexible sealing member and employs the use of a garter spring to uniformly apply the desired amount of seal compression. The arrangement and flexibility of the sealing member allows the seal to adapt itself to the wide range of operating and upset conditions that typically exist for a furnace electrode seal. Frictional wear on the seal may be greatly reduced as the design inherently allows for a much lower amount of seal compression to be applied, furthermore, the seal is able to move axially which can significantly reduce wear caused by electrode regulation.


Patent
Hatch Ltd. | Date: 2017-03-08

A highly flexible sealing arrangement designed to seal high-temperature furnace ports, particularly the electrode port of an electric furnace. The seal comprises an annular support member fixed to a flexible sealing member and employs the use of a garter spring to uniformly apply the desired amount of seal compression. The arrangement and flexibility of the sealing member allows the seal to adapt itself to the wide range of operating and upset conditions that typically exist for a furnace electrode seal. Frictional wear on the seal may be greatly reduced as the design inherently allows for a much lower amount of seal compression to be applied, furthermore, the seal is able to move axially which can significantly reduce wear caused by electrode regulation.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SC5-11a-2014 | Award Amount: 8.56M | Year: 2015

BioMOre describes a New Mining Concept for Extracting Metals from Deep Ore Deposits using Biotechnology. The concept is to use hydrofracturing for stimulation and bioleaching for winning of ores. The final process will consist of a so-called doublet, which is two deviated and parallel wells. In order to avoid high costs for drilling from the surface, the BioMOre approach is divided into two phases. Phase 1 will be research on the intended bioleaching process whereas phase 2 will aim at a pilot installation to demonstrate the applicability of the process in large scale including hydro-fracturing and access of the deposit from surface. The first phase should cover the intended work of the current BioMOre approach without drilling from surface. The BioMOre project aims at extracting metals from deep mineralized zones in Europe (Poland-Germany, Kupferschiefer deposit as a test case) by coupling solution mining and bioleaching. Selected sustainability indicators based on regulatory requirements of the European Commission will be applied for feasibility considerations. The main objective of the BioMOre first phase is to design and build an underground test facility for testing the concept of combined hydro-fracturing and bioleaching. The test facility will comprise a 100 m ore block, where boreholes will be drilled horizontally using standard equipment. All necessary equipment for testing different parameters of the intended bioleaching process will be established underground. The intention is to test the bioleaching process in high detail in an in-situ environment at the same time avoiding time consuming and risky permission procedures. On the other hand, the application for the permission of underground test operation must contain detailed information about monitoring of tests and all material controls. No harmful substances will remain in the mine after the tests are completed. Further to that, predictive numerical modelling of a pilot installation should be done.


A furnace is provided suitable for metallurgical processes, comprising at least one section comprised of refractory bricks with an outer shell plate adjacent to the refractory bricks, including exterior bricks whose external faces adjacent the shell plate define gaseous media cooling channels extending along the exterior of the refractory bricks between them and the shell plate. The furnace further comprises cooling plates within the cooling channels and joints between the successive courses of bricks. Advantageously, the conductivity of the cooling plates is at least 5 times the conductivity of the refractory lining into which it is inserted. Suitable materials include copper and copper-based alloys, brasses, bronzes, cast irons, aluminum alloys, silver, high-temperature steels, refractory metals and their alloys, graphite, silicon carbide, and aluminum nitride.


It is proposed herein to add supplementary cooling elements to a primary cooling element of a furnace. The supplementary cooling elements, with two or more components, may be inserted from the outside of the furnace into holes that pass through and the primary cooling element such that the cooling elements protrude beyond the inner surface of the primary cooling element. An inner one of the components of the supplementary cooling element may be received by an outer one of the components in a manner that forces the outer component into a thermally conductive pressure connection with the primary cooling element.


Patent
Hatch Ltd. | Date: 2016-01-15

A system and method for logging a non-reader into a corresponding user account is disclosed. A system can include a processor, a user interface, a display, and a camera. The processor can be programmed to display a first plurality of pictures and configure the user interface to allow the user to select a first picture corresponding to the user from the first plurality of pictures to provide a first authentication step and allow the user to select a second picture from a second plurality of pictures providing a second authentication step. The system can log the user into the corresponding user account if the second picture selected from the second authentication step corresponds to the first picture selected from the first authentication step. A system and method for logging multiple users into corresponding user accounts is also disclosed.


Patent
Hatch Ltd. | Date: 2014-09-12

A method for the maneuvering of a vessel, such as a dredge, stacker, barge or wet concentrator plant, the vessel having provided thereon at least four winches from which winch ropes extend to anchor points located remotely from the vessel, the winches being operable to maneuver the vessel, wherein at least one winch is kept under a defined torque whilst three winches are utilized to control the movement of the vessel. A maneuvering control system for implementing the method of maneuvering described is also disclosed.


Patent
Hatch Ltd. | Date: 2014-10-17

There is provided a dispersion apparatus for use with a solid fuel burner. The dispersion apparatus comprises a passage through which particulate material may flow toward an outlet region for dispersal therefrom, the flow being at least in part rotational about the longitudinal axis of the passage. The dispersion apparatus also comprises a downstream guide means arranged within the passage at or near the outlet region, the downstream guide means configured to at least reduce the rotational motion so that the flow progresses toward the outlet region in a substantially uniform manner in a direction aligned with a longitudinal axis of the passage.


An electrode assembly for use in a reduction cell for the production of metal such as aluminum. The electrode comprises an electrically conductive carbon electrode block with an electrically conductive metal member connected thereto. At least one solid, conductive metal insert is at least partly received in the carbon electrode block with an interference fit, such that the insert exerts a lateral force on the carbon electrode block. The insert provides an improved electrically conductive connection between the carbon electrode block and the conductive metal member, with reduced resistance. The insert may provide a direct connection between the electrode block and the metal member, or the connection may be provided through a layer of cast iron or other metal element provided between the electrode block and the metal member. The electrode assembly may either comprise an anode or a cathode.


Patent
Hatch Ltd. | Date: 2016-03-16

A membrane treatment plant having at least two stages (53), (69), (75) arranged serially is disclosed. Each stage (53), (69), (75) comprises at least four membrane units (55) arranged in parallel, with each membrane unit (55) having an inlet (57), a feed/concentrate outlet (59) and a permeate outlet (61). Each stage (53), (69), (75) has a common inlet header (51), (67), or (73) and a common outlet header (65), (71) or (77), with the common outlet header (65) (71) of an upstream stage connecting to the common inlet header (67) (73) respectively of an immediately downstream stage. Each membrane unit (55) has an inlet flow control valve (93) connecting between its inlet (57) and the common inlet header of the stage in which it is located, and an outlet flow control valve (63) connecting between its outlet (59) and the common outlet header stage in which it is located. The inlet flow control valve (57) and outlet flow control valve (63) are operable to isolate the membrane unit (55) from its common inlet header and common outlet header to allow cleaning of said membrane unit to take place without disrupting operation of the remaining membrane treatment plant. A control system for the membrane treatment plant is also disclosed.

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