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.
ArcelorMittal is following government and World Health Organization advice and guidelines at all of its global operations in order to protect employees and prevent the spread of infection. Given the extent of the outbreak, the health and safety implications, and particularly the impact it is having on several European countries in which ArcelorMittal operates, the company is taking steps to reduce production from its European operations to ensure the well-being of employees is maintained and that production is aligned with demand.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) continue to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at national and global levels. AIST is actively monitoring this concern and will continue to follow CDC/WHO guidance, provide updates and adjust strategy if recommended. As such, AIST’s top priority is focused on the health and safety of all participants at AIST events. With that in mind, AISTech 2020, which was scheduled for May 4-7 in Cleveland, has been postponed. The new date has not been determined, but it will be released in the coming days.
Having closely monitored recent developments around the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and listened to feedback from across the industry, Ceramics Expo 2020 has been rescheduled. The show will now take place September 22-23 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) announced a realignment of its business segments to further enhance its position as a leading specialty materials manufacturer and to accelerate sustainable long-term profitable growth. Starting with first-quarter 2020 financial results, ATI will report in two business segments: a streamlined High Performance Materials & Components (HPMC) segment and the new Advanced Alloys & Solutions (AA&S) segment.
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.