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november 2021
trend publishing metals group Volume 77Number 11
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serving metal service centers, fabricators and OEM/end users since 1945
additive manufacturing
A race car roll cage, prefab housing, yachts and satellite launchers are among the most promising applications for AM technologies
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serving metal service centers, fabricators and OEM/end users since 1945
3D Printing
Metal Service Centers
Features
service centers
Shapes producer finds ways to grow in spite of inflationary pressures, lack of qualified workers who will stay put
Labor pains
Labor pains
service centers
Shapes producer finds ways to grow in spite of inflationary pressures, lack of qualified workers who will stay put
New horizons
spotlight
Supply chain partner broadens scope with new plant in Texas, securing its role as a Materials as a Service (MaaS) provider
Proven skills
coil processing
Processor partners with aluminum mill and equipment builder to settle into new territory
Shop floor feedback
erp/software solutions
Service centers make their software platform smarter with CAD/CAM integration
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The sculptural façade is constructed in a geometric grid and presents itself as a coherent, dynamic, organically flowing fabric of loose ‘warp and weft’ threads
CTL line enables flat and dimensional sheets to be fabricated in small batches with minimum set-up time
Engineering a turnkey picking and restocking system creates a host of advantages for a busy warehouse
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The steel and aviation industries are the first to reveal their pathways to net zero by 2050
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The steel and aviation industries are the first to reveal their pathways to net zero by 2050
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From the Editor
By Corinna Petry
Mismatch
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uring a candid roundtable discussion at the Copper and Brass Servicenter Association’s fall summit in Tampa, Florida, participants addressed a host of issues around the pull and push of demand versus supply.

“Demand for every single one of our strip products is through the roof,” said one member. “As a mill, we aren’t having constraints on raw materials we buy but there are [shortages with] labor and equipment. Most of our markets operated in survive, not thrive mode for 20 years, and we weren’t investing in our capacity. Now the market is calling for more capacity but it doesn’t happen overnight.” He believes there will be more capital investment in domestic copper and brass production very soon.

Service Centers POV

Rick Stewart and his team at Stainless Steel Services pioneered many of its practices, and his son Patrick will help move the company into the future.

Rick Stewart and his team at Stainless Steel Services

Rick Stewart and his team at Stainless Steel Services pioneered many of its practices, and his son Patrick will help move the company into the future.

Master Polishers
Stainless Steel Services keeps business in the family
By Lauren Duensing
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ick Stewart, president and owner of Stainless Steel Services, often brings a little bowl of plastic horses to trade shows as swag, toys that “people can take home to their kids. They ask me, ‘What’s this about?’ And I say, ‘We’re a one-trick pony.’ We take flat stainless steel and make it shiny.”

Being a one-trick pony isn’t a negative trait where Stainless Steel Services is concerned. The company’s committed focus on polishing has elevated it to excellence in its niche.

Face time
Outward Focus
TONY BARNES, managing principal-metals, at Crowe Consulting Group, outlines how metals companies’ tech investments have evolved
Question letter Q

What are the biggest trends you’re seeing in metals technology this year?

Barnes: We’ve been surveying metals executives for the past 10 years as part of our annual technology in metals survey. This year, we saw a shift in companies’ investment focus toward their customers and employees. Historically, tech investments were primarily internally focused with the goal of controlling costs and improving operational efficiencies. Those factors remain important, but they no longer seem to be the driver for new tech investments. Instead, executives are focusing on meeting customer expectations and improving employee experience.

HOT SHEET
Concept rendering of Pittsburgh airport
expansion
TAKING FLIGHT
Aviation generates metals activity
The airport serving the home of steel—Pittsburgh—will need plenty of metal to build a $1.4 billion, 700,000-square-foot terminal. Officials broke ground on the project Oct. 14.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority expects the terminal will require more than 12,000 tons of steel. Structural steel for the new terminal will be fabricated locally, officials said.

Flight operations are scheduled to begin in early 2025.

additive manufacturing
Fu+ure
is now
Porsche produced its first complete housing for an electric drive using 3D printing. The engine-gearbox unit, produced using the additive laser fusion process, passed all quality and stress tests without any problems.
3D printing
Porsche produced its first complete housing for an electric drive using 3D printing. The engine-gearbox unit, produced using the additive laser fusion process, passed all quality and stress tests without any problems.
A race car roll cage, prefab housing, yachts and satellite launchers are among the most promising applications for AM technologies
By Corinna Petry
3D

printing is now a 40-year-old manufacturing process that has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past decade, especially in the metals sector, with new materials continually being qualified and printing methods being perfected—allowing creative genius to be realized. We have come across some exciting examples, some of which hold the promise of achieving scale.

For example, MASK Architects, Sardinia, Italy, designed a steel 3D-printed structure of modular prefabricated houses for Nivola Museum, also in Sardinia. The architects foresee living as art and want housing to be beautiful.

Service Centers
Richardson Metals narrowly avoided a shutdown in the first half of 2020 when a customer won a government contract to produce medical devices.
Richardson Metals factory machine
Richardson Metals narrowly avoided a shutdown in the first half of 2020 when a customer won a government contract to produce medical devices.
Labor pains
Shapes producer finds ways to grow in spite of inflationary pressures, lack of qualified workers who will stay put
By Corinna Petry
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luminum extruder and specialist machine shop Richardson Metals Inc., Colorado Springs, is one of thousands of manufacturers that have faced difficulties this year finding and recruiting qualified people to operate processing machinery and perform all sorts of necessary functions.

Primary metal producers in September employed 353,200 people, down 0.5 percent from August and declining 1.2 percent from July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Fabricators employed nearly 1.42 million people during September, up 0.2 percent from August, but down 0.1 percent from July. Fabricators’ employment levels grew 3.2 percent from a year ago while metal producers’ employment levels rose 2.6 percent year over year.

Spotlight
Plans for Sinton, Texas, call for a slitter and multi-blanking line, both of which will be sourced domestically.
thyssenkrupp pride machine factory
Plans for Sinton, Texas, call for a slitter and multi-blanking line, both of which will be sourced domestically.
New horizons
Supply chain partner broadens scope with new plant in Texas, securing its role as a Materials as a Service (MaaS) provider
By Corinna Petry
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inton, Texas—located 167 miles northeast of Matamoros, Mexico, and 190 miles southwest of the Port of Houston—is at a crossroads of commerce. thyssenkrupp’s Coil Processing Group (CPG), comprised of Ken-Mac Metals and thyssenkrupp Steel Services, is breaking ground on its newest facility to help one of its key suppliers make processed steel more accessible in a market that was underserved until now.

Not long after Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) announced it would build a 3-million-ton melt shop and rolling mill in Sinton, it reached out to major steel processing partners to gauge their interest in co-locating assets there.

COIL PROCESSING
Amerinox Processing machines
Amerinox Processing commissioned Delta Steel Technologies to custom build it a cut-to-length line that would handle a large scope of stainless and aluminum flat-rolled products.
Proven Skills
Processor partners with aluminum mill and equipment builder to settle into new territory
By Corinna Petry
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merinox Processing Inc. was established 25 years ago in Camden, N.J., and has kept very busy ever since, gradually expanding to 325,000 square feet. Today, the company processes stainless steel and aluminum, plus certain coated carbon steels and other materials. The New Jersey shop houses four cut-to-length lines; a coil polishing line; a plate polishing line; a third polishing line that handles sheet and light-gauge plate; and a fourth polishing line that imparts a Super No 8. mirror finish.

ERP/SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS
CAD/CAM nesting system
A good CAD/CAM nesting system efficiently accounts for both inventory and part cutting and tracking.
Shop Floor Feedback
Service centers make their software platform smarter with CAD/CAM integration
By Lauren Duensing
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here is a lot of potential for digital solutions in the metals industry, according to a recent survey by McKinsey and Co., which collected perspectives from 30 leading metals companies around the world. The results showed that there are five main success factors to scaling digital and analytics: setting bold targets and strategies, investing, setting up a flexible data and technical architecture, building skill sets, and implementing the right governance behind data and analytics programs. “Companies that successfully harness the potential of digital will be the first to capture breakthrough increases in top-line revenues, capture the next 10 to 15 percent of cost improvement and leapfrog ahead of the rest of the industry,” the consultancy’s analysts said.

New Products
WATERJET

Cutting multiple sheets made easy

The M-Series is a high-speed, high-acceleration, large-format waterjet solution for large and multiple sheet production. Designed for industry standard sheet sizes, the waterjet maximizes access to all sides of the cutting area. It features WARDJet’s touch control software. A hardened helical rack-and-pinion drive allows up to 1400 ipm high accelerations while maintaining accuracy.

WARDJet Tailored Waterjet Solutions, Tallmadge, Ohio, 330/677-9100, wardjet.com.

WARDJet M-Series machine
PARTING SHOT
Russian Quintessential
Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, Russia
A new art object called “Russian Quintessential” opened at the land art Archstoyanie festival. The author of the project is Chief Architect of Moscow, Sergey Kuznetsov. The house is made in the shape of a pipe with a diameter of 3.5 meters and a length of 12 meters. To create it, complex engineering techniques were used that are usually used in shipbuilding. For example, the frame of the building is formed from supporting ribs like a body of a ship, and an impressive weight of about 12 tons is kept in balance by only six bolts. One of the main features of the project is the seamless cladding made of 4 mm stainless steel sheet. This is a full-fledged residential building with all modern conveniences. The interior is finished in a modern style using wood and metal, and the room is equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay.
Photo: Ilya Ivanov
PARTING SHOT
Russian Quintessential
Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, Russia
A new art object called “Russian Quintessential” opened at the land art Archstoyanie festival. The author of the project is Chief Architect of Moscow, Sergey Kuznetsov. The house is made in the shape of a pipe with a diameter of 3.5 meters and a length of 12 meters. To create it, complex engineering techniques were used that are usually used in shipbuilding. For example, the frame of the building is formed from supporting ribs like a body of a ship, and an impressive weight of about 12 tons is kept in balance by only six bolts. One of the main features of the project is the seamless cladding made of 4 mm stainless steel sheet. This is a full-fledged residential building with all modern conveniences. The interior is finished in a modern style using wood and metal, and the room is equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay.
Photo: Ilya Ivanov
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