AIST BRS Front Cover

Systems Spray-Cooled News Flash: AIST Jan Front Cover, Safety First Article, & NYS Technical Article

Front Cover: Initial EAF Heat at
Big River Steel of Osceola, AR

Systems Spray-Cooled is proud to announce the appearance on the front page of the January 2017 AIST Iron & Steel Technology industry magazine. On the cover is Spray-Cooled’s newest 165-ton furnace going into service at Big River Steel in Osceola, AR. Congratulations to the Big River Steel team on a successful commissioning!

AIST Safety First Article
EAF Explosions: A Deadly but Preventable Problem

Hazards are ever-present in the steel plant environment, and a heightened awareness and emphasis on safety is a necessary priority for our industry. This monthly column, coordinated by members of the AIST Safety & Health Technology Committee, focuses on procedures and practices to promote a safe working environment for everyone.

This month’s Safety First Article is authored by Scott Ferguson and Nicholas Zsamboky and highlights the inherent dangers of Electric Arc Furnace explosions caused by pressurized water leaks. (pages 30-35)

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AIST Technical Article
Single-Bucket Charge Conversion at Nucor-Yamato Steel

NYS Single Bucket Spray-Cooled ConversionIn 2011, having reached peak performance of its two-furnace meltshop, Nucor-Yamato Steel looked for ways to further reduce cost and improve overall meltshop performance.  A single-bucket furnace conversion was chosen.  This paper recounts the conversion engineering, installation and performance results to date of the project.  (pages 72-79)

AISTech 2017 - NashvilleCome Visit Us at AISTech 2017!

AISTech 2017 will be hosted in the beautiful city of Nashville, TN. Everyone is expecting another huge turnout. Don’t miss out!

Booth #1703 (You can’t miss us!)


For further information, contact Systems Spray-Cooled, 877 Seven Oaks Blvd, Suite 500; Smyrna, TN 37167; phone 615-366-7772; web; email  

SMAC Press Release

The Systems Group Introduces Self-Maintaining Air Cleaner for Steel Mill Transformer Vaults, Motor Control Rooms and Other Critical Spaces

Self-Maintaining Air CleanerAugust 9, 2016, El Dorado, Arkansas The Systems Group (, a diverse group of companies engaged in construction, maintenance and products for steel manufacturing and other heavy industry, has introduced the first auto-cleaning air filtration system for steel mill transformer vaults, motor control rooms, air compressor systems, engine intakes and other critical spaces.

The company has developed the Self-Maintaining Air Cleaner (SMAC) designed specifically for the harsh environments that exist in steel mills. The Systems Group will engineer, install and maintain the SMAC through their Systems Plant Services division. The program will initially target North American steel mills.

Critical airflow areas in steel mills have traditionally been maintained with standard HVAC filters. In offices and homes, standard HVAC filters can last 3-6 months; whereas in steel mill environments, filter life is cut down to days, resulting in environmental waste and key failure points if not changed regularly. The most critical of these failure points occurs when HVAC filters fail on transformer vaults and motor control rooms, resulting in highly conductive steel dust accumulating and arcing across high voltage electrical components.

Adapted to the steel industry and built with one hundred percent American-made steel, the SMAC coupled with high efficiency SMAC Filters and self-cleaning technology results in filter service life of two years or longer (dependent on application) with minimal maintenance, instead of the 2-7 day service life of traditional HVAC filters in steel mill applications.

The Systems Group has designed a system to provide proven, reliable clean air to all the critical systems located in steel mills, eliminating tractor-trailer loads of used HVAC filter waste and ensuring lower maintenance costs, fewer critical failure points and fast CapEx payback.

For product information, go to For general information, contact The Systems Group at 870-862-1315 (U.S./Canada); email web

Systems Spray-Cooled Makes AIST Front Cover

Systems Spray-Cooled™ Makes AIST Front Cover

El Dorado, Ark., January 15, 2016 –Systems Spray-Cooled is proud to announce the appearance on the front page of the January 2016 AIST Iron & Steel Technology industry magazine.  On the cover is a new single-bucket charge upper and lower electric arc furnace shells (6,500 ft3/184 m3) going into service at Nucor-Yamato Steel Co. in Blytheville, AR with Systems Spray-Cooled sidewalls and EAF roof.

Also featured in the January issue, our latest ad for Systems Spray-Cooled:

Remember when pressurized furnace cooling was an advanced technology…… Cooling at atmospheric pressure is safer and more productive. 


For further information, contact Systems Spray-Cooled, 311 Plus Park, Suite 280, Nashville, TN 37217; phone 615-366-7772; web; email  

Top 600 ENR Specialty Contractors 2015

The Systems Group Named a Top Specialty Contractor

Arkansas Company Advances to #268 in 2015 ENR Top 600 Specialty Contractors Ranking

El Dorado, Ark., November 24, 2015 – The Systems Group (, a leading specialty contractor serving the industrial, municipal and commercial construction markets, has been named one of the Top 600 Specialty Contractors nationwide in an annual ranking report released by Engineering News-Record (ENR), a leading U.S. construction/engineering industry publication. Now ranked #268 – 50 positions higher than last year at #318 – it is the highest-ranked Arkansas firm on the list and has been part of the ENR “Top 600” for four consecutive years.  Construction services are provided through the company’s specialty contracting unit, Systems Contracting Corporation (

The Systems Group does extensive work for steel mills, foundries and other facilities. The group’s numerous specialties include but are not limited to process piping, structural concrete, structural steel erection, equipment setting and alignment, plant maintenance services, boiler and pressure vessel installation, service and repair, and machining and fabrication services.

Headquartered in El Dorado, Arkansas, The Systems Group also has contracting offices in Decatur, Alabama; Blytheville, Arkansas; Crawfordsville, Indiana; Ghent, Kentucky; Columbus, Mississippi; and Cofield, North Carolina.


For further information, contact The Systems Group, P.O. Box 11390, El Dorado, AR 71731; phone 870-862-1315; web; email


The Systems Group Donates Quarter Million For Training Center Construction

El Dorado, AR, August 14, 2015:

Representatives of The Systems Group and the Hays family donate $250,000 in honor of Charles A. Hays to help fund construction of the new South Arkansas Community College Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, which will break ground later this month. Hays, who founded The Systems Group more than 40 years ago, died in January, living to see his company go international. The business performs industrial construction, industrial plant maintenance and steel fabrication, and sells patented electric arc furnace cooling components used in steel mills in 17 countries around the world.

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Updated Spray-Cooled™ Equipment Offers Enhanced Safety, Longevity, Uptime

El Dorado, AR, July 14, 2015:

Systems Spray-Cooled™ (, which manufactures a line of non-pressurized, non-evaporative water-cooling equipment for the global metal and mineral industries, has updated its technology to incorporate several performance enhancements and new patented features that result in greater safety, equipment longevity and operational uptime.

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Summer Concert Series Downtown El Dorado AR

El Dorado, AR, June 15, 2015:

Main Street El Dorado is proud to present the Murphy USA Summer Concert Series summer schedule. The concert series is free to the public and will feature national music artists performing outside on Union Square in the heart of historic downtown El Dorado. The concerts will take place the last Saturday of the month June through August.
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Le Bonheur Charity Golf Tournament, Nucor Hickman

Hickman, AR, June 2015:

The Systems Group participated recently in the Nucor Hickman charity golf tournament and auction benefitting the Le Bonheur Children’s hospital.  It was June 7 & 8.  Sunday evening June 7 was the auction and Systems donated $17,000 plus sponsoring a golf hole.  Tony Lollar and Lee Morgan were there to accept a Nucor signed golf towel by John Ferriola, CEO of Nucor, and a painting done by one of the children at Le Bonheur.  The dinner and auction went forward in spite of no power at the hotel and having it in the dark!  Pictured are (from left to right) Lou Incrocci Maintenance Manager at Nucor Hickman, Lee Morgan President of Systems, Sam Commella Mill Manager at Nucor Hickman, Tony Lollar VP & GM of Systems Blytheville.

The next day there were over 100 participants in the Nucor charity golf tournament, and the Systems team of Tony Lollar, Kirk Wells, Lou Walters, and Lee Morgan took 2nd place in the scramble.  Well really Tony, Kirk, and Lou played real golf while Lee provided comic relief!

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