Down in the crater of an electrolytic cell, liquid aluminium boils menacingly, walloping at about 950°C. When these temperatures are mentioned to people who are not related to Aluminij, they just smile in disbelief, because – how can they even imagine something like that? Operating temperature among the pots, where the average worker spends half of his working hours, is generally at about 60°C, and when the hood from the cell is removed in order to pull out an anode, mercury in thermometer goes wild.
As if the heavy steel construction of our Aluminij burden hardworking workers who earn their daily bread in Anode, Electrolysis and Foundry Plants where, because of the heat, every pore on their body cries for cooling. Moreover, when the July heat sets Mostar on fire to more than 40°C, it's courage even to approach to the aluminium furnace in Cathouse where the metal boils at 800°C, or to step over the Junker furnace in Anode Plant, that melts cast iron for the anode rodding, where the temperature reaches the unimaginable 1500°C. At some places access is only possible in air-conditioned heavy machinery whose wheels slide on the rails under perennially warmed roofs of the production facility halls. This is where our heroes work, under the hard helmets and protective glass over their faces, that protect their bodies from unwanted contact with the aluminum lava.
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