The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) announced the cancellation of the co-located conferences WorldPM 2020 (the World Congress on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials), AMPM 2020 (Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy) and Tungsten 2020 (the International Conference on Tungsten, Refractory and Hardmaterials), which were scheduled to take place June 27-July 1 in Montreal, Quebec.
United States Steel Corp. announced a series of aggressive and meaningful actions to provide greater certainty on the company’s response to impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the significant changes in global oil and gas markets. These actions will strengthen the company’s ability to serve customers, partner with suppliers and ensure a more secure future for employees. As such, U.S. Steel will idle the #4 blast furnace at its Gary Works immediately to begin a planned outage. In addition, the company will temporarily idle blast furnace A at Granite City Works effective immediately. U.S. Steel also plans to idle, beginning in late May, all or most of its Lone Star Tubular Operations and Lorain Tubular Operations for an indefinite period of time in response to weak tubular market conditions.
The Aluminum Association released a framework for policymakers developing economic stimulus and other programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The document, “American Aluminum Jobs: Essential to the Nation,” underscores the essential nature of U.S. aluminum production, fabrication and recycling and calls for a number of measures to support the industry during the ongoing public health crisis.
Insteel Industries Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Insteel Wire Products, acquired substantially all of the assets of Strand-Tech Manufacturing Inc. (STM) for $22.5 million. STM manufactures prestressed concrete (PC) strand for concrete construction applications. Under the terms of the agreement, Insteel acquired STM's accounts receivable, inventories, production equipment and facility located in Summerville, S.C. Mount Airy, N.C.-based Insteel plans to close the Summerville facility and move most of its equipment to the company's other three PC strand production facilities in Gallatin, Tenn.; Houston, Texas; and Sanderson, Fla.
Tenaris will be reducing its workforce in the U.S. due to the abrupt, sharp decline in the price of oil and subsequent decrease in market activity. Employees at the company’s facilities in Koppel and Ambridge, Pa., have been informed that operations at the two plants will be suspended effective March 31, 2020. Operations at its threading plant in Brookfield, Ohio, will be suspended as of April 17, 2020. Tenaris will also be implementing employee reductions at its welded pipe plant in Hickman, Ark., and at its threading plant in Baytown, Texas, effective April 17, 2020.
Eldec of Auburn Hills, Mich., supports the energy, power-generation, transportation, logistics and critical manufacturing industries, among others, with its electro-technical machinery, services and equipment. All of these are a part of the critical infrastructure, as described by the Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in his guidance on the COVID-19 response. As such, Eldec intends to remain available on a limited basis during this stay-at-home period in compliance with the Michigan governor’s executive order and CISA guidelines to support our critical infrastructure clients with needed parts, service, support and equipment.
SECO/WARWICK received an order from a machine-tool manufacturer for two vacuum heat-treatment furnaces. The manufacturer purchased a multi-chamber vacuum furnace with oil quench and a high-pressure gas-quench vacuum furnace for its recently created captive heat-treat department. All of the necessary auxiliary equipment, such as chilling water storage and pumping, were included in the package. As part of the sale, SECO/WARWICK will create and deliver process recipes for the company to make the transition to in-house heat treatment as efficient as possible.
Acerinox, a stainless steel manufacturer based in Spain, acquired Germany’s VDM Metals, a global supplier of metals. The transaction, which is valued at approximately $570 million, has received approval from the European, U.S. and Taiwanese competition authorities. VDM has seven production plants in Germany and the U.S. The new group company will be a global leader in the development and manufacture of special nickel alloys and high-performance stainless steels.
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. announced, following guidelines from the office of the Governor of Ohio regarding COVID-19 virus concerns, it is temporarily shutting down construction activities at its hot-briquetted iron (HBI) project site in Toledo, Ohio. Effective March 20, all construction activity at the site will cease by the end of the business day. Cleveland-Cliffs will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will restart construction of the HBI plant as soon as feasible. All other Cleveland-Cliffs iron ore mining and steelmaking facilities will remain in operation.
Semiotic Labs, a company based in Leiden, Netherlands, and Germany’s SMS group signed an agreement under which the two companies will cooperate in the field of predictive maintenance. The AI-based technology developed by Semiotic Labs uses electrical signals and the data fingerprint of AC motors and other rotating equipment to monitor and analyze the condition of critical plant assets and enable reliable and early prediction of developing faults. SAM4 operates based on sensors installed directly in the control cabinet – not on the asset itself. This solution is particularly useful for the monitoring of equipment in the metallurgical industry.
The March 2020 issue of Industrial Heating includes an editorial piece on "ExpaniteHard-Ti Questions and Answers". Other features include "An Overview of Nitriding - Technology and Tribological Benefits", "Producing Quality Metal Parts with Additive Manufacturing", and much more