Danieli will build a new steel plant in Morocco that will produce 800,000 tons per year of billets measuring 5 x 5 inches (130 x 130 mm) to 7.9 x 7.9 inches (200 x 200 mm). The melt shop will include a 100-ton electric-arc furnace (EAF) with the most advanced technological packages: an off-gas laser system, electrode regulation system and an automatic EAF de-slagging door. Danieli Automation will supply a Level 2 process-control system. Plant start-up is scheduled for mid-2020.
U.S. Steel accepted an award from the High-Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg) Special Call: Steel and Aluminum, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, to expand its manufacturing capabilities for advanced high-strength steel (AHSS). The goal of the winning project is to enhance the company’s hot-strip mill model used in creating AHSS. This type of steel is used by automakers to manufacture economically lightweight vehicles to meet increasing fuel-efficiency requirements.
Evraz North America will receive approximately $29.7 million from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) steel and aluminum program, which was created last year to help bolster the competitiveness of the industry in Canada. The contribution is part of the company’s planned $83 million investment over the next three years into equipment upgrades and expansion at mills in Regina, Saskatchewan, and Red Deer, Alberta. The upgrades include a new heat-treat line in Red Deer that will greatly increase the capability to provide premium-alloy-grade quality in the OCTG product range.
Nucor Steel Marion Inc. of Marion, Ohio, granted SMS group the final acceptance certificate for the supplied walking-beam furnace after successful commissioning. The furnace, which went into service in the existing bar mill, is capable of delivering 120 short tons per hour of hot billets at 2255°F (1235°C). The NOx content of this furnace is close to 25 parts per million, making it the most energy-efficient furnace with the lowest emission values within Nucor.
U.S. Steel announced the restart of construction on a technologically advanced electric-arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking facility at its Tubular Operations in Fairfield, Ala. The company previously initiated construction of the EAF in March 2015 and suspended construction in December 2015 due to unfavorable market conditions. The project is expected to create approximately 150 full-time jobs.
U.S. Steel will restart the No. 1 electric-weld pipe mill at Lone Star Tubular Operations in Lone Star, Texas. The company anticipates hiring 140 new employees. The No. 1 mill, which was permanently idled in 2016 due to challenging market conditions for tubular products, has an annual capacity of approximately 400,000 tons. It will provide full-body normalized electric-welded pipe in a size range of 7-16 inches outside diameter for customers across the U.S. The restart process will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019.
Republic Steel, a leading provider of special-bar-quality (SBQ) steel, anticipates starting production on its Lorain, Ohio, rolling mill in the second quarter. Over 60 employees have been hired and completed training, and the mill has undergone a complete refurbishment. The company has successfully run internal production trials and anticipates receiving sufficient orders to support moving to a production mode in the second quarter. The rolling mill has a monthly capacity of 35,000 tons, and it will expand Republic’s size range down to 7.5 mm for carbon, free-machining and alloy grades.
The Columbus Flat Roll Division of Steel Dynamics Inc. will invest $140 million to add a new continuous hot-dip galvanizing line from Fives at its plant in Columbus, Miss. The line will be capable of producing 400,000 tons per year of unexposed automotive steel grades and specialized steel grades. Fives scope of supply includes a horizontal annealing furnace, hot-dip galvanizing and cooling equipment, inspection, metallurgical assistance for different steel grades, and construction and commissioning assistance.
Ebner received an order for a bell annealer facility from Japan’s Nisshin Steel Co. Ltd. The facility will include four heating bells, six 6 HICON/H2 workbases and two cooling bells. All required supplementary equipment, such as the hydraulic system, pressure-control system, water recooling system, emergency nitrogen supply connections and the complete electrical system, will be supplied by Ebner.
The March 2019 issue of Industrial Heating includes an editorial piece on the most viewed heat and corrosion resistant materials articles. Other features include "The Intersection of 3D Printing and Machine Learning", "Generating Hydrogen for Thermal Processing and Coatings", and much more.