Can-Eng Furnaces International Ltd. was contracted to engineer and commission two large-capacity heat-treatment furnaces for a global producer of highly engineered metal earth-moving, construction and mining equipment. As part of this turnkey contract, Can-Eng designed and commissioned individual tempering and stress-relieving furnaces. Both systems were assembled and tested at Can-Eng’s Niagara Falls facility prior to shipment and commissioning. They are part of a major expansion by the company to satisfy increased demand for large steel castings and weldments used as part of their equipment designs.
Danieli received the final acceptance from Turkish steelmaker Atakas for six bell annealing furnaces. The supply consisted of the addition of six new bases (three furnace bells and three cooling bells) to the existing BAF eight-base line installed and started-up by Danieli in 2018. The upgraded facility is now capable of processing prime-quality annealed sheet products of cold-rolled carbon steel for the automotive market. The maximum diameter of coils is 2,000 mm (78.7 inches), with strip thickness ranging from 0.3 up to 2.0 mm.
According to research conducted by Clear Seas Research (a BNP Media Company), 67% of active business and 63% of planned business throughout the manufacturing industry is still on schedule during the coronavirus pandemic. The report also found that only 7% of active business and 6% of planned business has been cancelled at this point in time. In addition, 26% of active business and 31% of planned business has been delayed.
Arconic Corp. launched as a provider of advanced aluminum sheet, plate, extruded and architectural products that primarily advance the ground transportation, aerospace, industrial, packaging and commercial building markets. The separation of Arconic Inc. into two stand-alone companies – Arconic Corp. and Howmet Aerospace Inc. (the new name for Arconic Inc.) – took effect April 1, 2020, through a pro rata distribution by Arconic Inc. of 100% of the outstanding shares of the newly formed Arconic Corp.
SECO/VACUUM Technologies (SVT), a SECO/WARWICK Group company, sold four Vector vacuum furnaces in the first two months of 2020. Two high-pressure gas-quench (HPGQ) furnaces of different sizes were purchased by a Midwest tool-and-die manufacturer. The other two furnaces were purchased by a cutting-tool manufacturer, who will use it for tempering, and an aerospace components manufacturer.
AFC-Holcroft will move its European satellite office, which is currently located in Delémont, Switzerland, to Swiebodzin, Poland. The move was necessitated by the pending retirement of Marc Ruetsch, the current director of European operations, who announced he is stepping down in mid-2020. The new director of European operations, Marek Kedzierzynski, will be based out of Poland, and all activity related to AFC-Holcroft’s business in Europe will continue seamlessly from this new location.
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.
Check out the May 2020 issue of Industrial Heating, which features "Automotive and COVID-19: Radiators to Respirators, "Developments of Plasma Processing in Surface-Treating Technology", and much more.