It’s no secret that digitization is transforming the worldwide steel industry. Some companies, like Danieli, are capitalizing on this trend. Enrico Plazzonga, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Danieli Automation, explains the workings of a smart steel factory and the potential of data analytics and smart manufacturing.
Researchers from the National University of Science and Technology developed a database that will help create new grades of steels. The goal is to speed up the process of creating innovative steel grades with specified strength and ductility.
ResponsibleSteel is the industry’s first multi-stakeholder certification initiative that aims to set a single, global standard for the entire mine-to-metal steel value chain. After a June meeting in London, formal market launch of the standard is expected by the end of the year.
According to the World Steel Association, steel production accounts for about 7% to 9% of all man-made carbon emissions. As a result, climate lobbyists are putting pressure on the industry to clean up its act. One possible solution is replacing coal with hydrogen, but it may not be a financially viable option for many companies.
Ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM) combines a unique room-temperature metal deposition process with the ease of traditional CNC milling. A patented ultrasonic print head is integrated into three-axis mills to create a hybrid additive-subtractive process.
As a way to reduce NASA’s yearly Space Station operations cost, they are opening the ISS for “private astronaut missions of up to 30 days.” The first mission will begin as early as 2020. NASA will initiate two private flights a year with each likely costing $50 million.
SpaceX recently heat tested tiles on the Starship for re-entry temperatures. The goal is a fully reusable space capsule. In another “hot” story, SpaceX’s flight-proven Crew Dragon exploded just seconds before a planned test fire.
Lockheed Martin will begin manufacturing F-16 aircraft later this year in Greenville, S.C. More than 400 jobs will be created to support this production line. The F-16 supply chain currently includes more than 400 suppliers in 41 states.
An interesting history of Boeing’s problems can be found here. Recently, a heat-treatment problem was found that could cause wing slat tracks to crack and fail. The issue affects 148 tracks produced by a single supplier.