An apparatus for controlling a vacuum remelting furnace comprising a controller capable of adjusting electrical current to an electrode and a controller capable of adjusting the electrode's drive speed. The controllers adjust the current and drive speed based on a predetermined pool power reference value. The apparatus may also comprise a third controller that receives the adjusted current and drive speed as inputs and sends estimated electrode drive speed bias as output to the drive speed controller and estimated current bias as output to the current controller.
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 The United States Government has rights to this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.