Perfecting the art of custom plant production
Over the course of its more than 160 year-long history, Hilgefort has built up comprehensive expertise in the construction of complex and extremely large plants and plant components. Continuous investment in modern machines, logistics and expert employees make Hilgefort a strong partner who feels at home in every sector.
Hilgefort possesses a broad range of technical expertise and professional order processing combined with a high degree of flexibility. The workshop capacities in Dinklage enable projects to be implemented as swiftly and efficiently as possible. Work is carried out quickly and flexibly to the highest quality standards. Production is perfectly tuned to customers’ requirements. For Hilgefort, uncomplicated and flexible cooperation throughout the project phase goes without saying.
Contract manufacturing for your (overly) large challenges
Thanks to our outstanding expertise in constructing oversized plant components and processing special material thicknesses, we are also a highly regarded partner in contract manufacturing.
Hilgefort reliably supplies performance and machine efficiency for your projects on favourable terms. You can use our Machine directory to find out more about our extraordinary capacities for rolling, cutting, welding, bending and edge-bending almost all materials for your work. Naturally, our metal processing services are also available as part of our standard operations. You can find out more on the subject of contract manufacturing here..
Everything under one roof
Hilgefort GmbH has a team of employees throughout the entire process chain who are given continuous training and development. From engineering to complete production through to packing, transport and on-site assembly, Hilgefort provides all the services you need.
We have state-of-the-art production and welding technology that enables us to process around 7000 tons of steel every year. Our experienced engineers and technicians are able to produce components measuring up to 7 m in diameter and weighing around 300 tons per unit. Our versatile range of products includes complex components, such as hot-blast stoves and cyclone separators for steel works or pressure vessels subjected to dynamic load. Thanks to our high-performance machinery and many years of project management and logistics experience, we are a full-service provider for major orders in international plant construction.
Detailed improvements are incorporated while the order is being processed, which is of great benefit to subsequent projects. Customer satisfaction is due in no small part to the fact that our employees are highly qualified. We at Hilgefort are proud that most of our orders have come from regular customers over the past 25 years.
A large proportion of the systems manufactured by Hilgefort are ordered by the steel industry.
These primarily comprise components for ladle and electric arc furnaces, including the water-cooled exhaust systems. For the iron and steel industry, Hilgefort produces scrubbers, top cones, hot-blast ring lines, tangential separators and inclined lifts.
Water-cooled exhaust ducts and downstream combustion chambers for direct extraction on electric arc furnaces (EAF) are produced by Hilgefort in accordance with a wide variety of specifications.
This involves producing some technically demanding and very large components, such as converter cooling flues measuring up to 66 m in length and weighing up to 300 tons in total, among others.
Many industrial business units require the use of special steel and its excellent material properties.
Hilgefort produces, delivers and assembles large vessels, scrubbers, separators, dryers, filters, pipelines, double-walled components or mixers manufactured from special steel. Manufacturing pressure vessels or vessels with other special features is also included in Hilgefort’s range of services, as well as producing single-walled vessels of all sizes and designs. Furthermore, Hilgefort produces, delivers and assembles special steel pipelines of all sizes
In cooperation with Chemnitz University, Hilgefort has developed a brand new welding process for the production of four furnace floors.
The 20 mm thick copper plates covering the floor of the 10 m diameter furnace are adapted using former plates and then assembled on the underframe, which is made of 40 mm thick steel plates. The total weight of the components is around 70 tons per unit.
Hilgefort manufactures water-cooled and heated dryers, coolers, calciners, and separators, complete with full drive equipment.
The support rollers and races are either welded or cast, depending on specifications. Hilgefort is able to provide the necessary mechanical machining from a single source and can therefore deliver tubular dryers and coolers which are ready for installation. Hilgefort is one of the most proficient partners for the construction, transport and assembly of cyclone separators and separators in general. These components are also manufactured as pressure vessels or in shock-proof design.
The production of pressure vessels is subject to high requirements.
Hilgefort has approvals in accordance with the AD 2000 code of practice for pressure vessels (Code of Practice HP 0/HP 1200R) and manufactures pressure hulls which are subject to dynamic and pulsating load in addition to simple pressure vessels and steam boilers. These custom-made, dynamically loaded pressure vessels are designed for 1.6 million load changes per test interval. Since August 2016, Hilgefort GmbH has also been certified under the strict pressure vessel standards required by the ASME.
Hilgefort has been operating in the offshore sector since 2007. Hilgefort produced offshore foundation structures for wind farms in the North Sea.
Tripiles support the 5 MW wind turbines in the North Sea. Hilgefort is responsible for the production, delivery and pre-assembly of the mighty foundation structures.
Hilgefort produces filters and filter systems for various German plant construction companies and engineering firms. In addition to bag, electrostatic and jet filters, we also produce special filters for the chemical and mill industries, as well as large filter systems for power stations and the iron and steel industry.
The largest filters have a capacity of 1.7 million cubic metres per hour. In Hilgefort’s large production halls in Dinklage, Germany, it is sometimes possible to pre-assemble filters including installation parts. This allows Hilgefort to hand over fully functioning plants with correspondingly shorter assembly times to customers.
Hilgefort has extensive experience in the field of conveyor technology, both in Germany and overseas.
Our largest project to date was a fully functioning 2000-ton shuttle-head system complete with electrical installation housing, belts, motors, gear mechanisms, electrics and hydraulics which was produced for an open-pit mine and then assembled and commissioned on-site. Hilgefort GmbH has also manufactured and installed 17 drive stations. One station has a total weight of approximately 400 tons.
Hilgefort produces hatch covers and shell doors that match the contour of the seagoing vessel’s hull.
These irregular, three-dimensional components require maximum precision and dimensional stability. Once tested, Hilgefort delivers the hydraulically operated outer shell doors ready for installation. The hydraulic systems are also produced in-house.