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AISI to Rulemakers: AHSS in Automobiles
Reduces Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
 
At a hearing last week of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration to address light-duty vehicle greenhouse-gas emission standards, representatives from the North American steel industry explained how the continued development of innovative steel products is providing safe and affordable solutions to reducing vehicle weight and for meeting emissions and fuel-economy standards. Speaking at the hearing were Ron Krupitzer, vice president of automotive applications and the AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute) Steel Market Development Institute, and Jody Shaw, manager of technical marketing and product research for U.S. Steel.

“Advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) have already proven to reduce the mass of body structural components by 25 percent or more compared to mild steel,” said Krupitzer, “plus mass reduction with AHSS can be achieved more affordably than with other materials.” Added Shaw: “To comply with tailpipe-only regulations, automakers may inadvertently select materials that increase the life-cycle carbon footprint of the vehicle. While other materials may provide mass advantages in vehicles, the resulting improvement in fuel economy may not offset the energy use and CO2 emissions that result from manufacturing and recycling…a Life Cycle Assessment approach is needed.”
Read the testimonies of Krupitzer and Shaw at www.autosteel.org.

Ulbrich Standardizes on New ERP System

Monday, October 26, 2009
 
The seven production facilities and seven service centers around the world of Ulbrich Stainless Steels soon will all be operating with a customized ERP software application from Axis Computer Systems, a business unit of Consona Corp., Indianapolis, IN. The new company-wide implementation will streamline Ulbrich’s ERP business processes and is expected to provide cost savings across its sales, manufacturing and costing functions. Ulbrich already has implemented the Axis ERP solution at its shaped-wire production facility in North Haven, CT, and at its North Haven corporate finance department; other locations, including production facilities and service centers providing strip, flat and shaped-wire products, are scheduled to go live with Axis in 2010. Read up on Axis and Consona Corp. at www.axiscomp.com and www.consona.com; learn more about Ulbrich at www.ulbrich.com.


Ohio Steel Processor Upgrades its
Oscillate-Coil Capabilities

Monday, October 26, 2009
 
Specialty Strip & Oscillating, Inc., Masury, OH, has installed two new oscillators to improve its ability to provide oscillated coils of cold-rolled, low- or high-carbon, alloy or stainless-steel strip and sheet. New oscillator capabilities include face sizes from 4 to 14 in., width from 0.260 to 2.5 in., gauge from 0.009 in., welds annealed and ground, slit or deburred, straight-patterned coil walls and coiled on steel liners, fiber cores or spools. Customers can now run a coil interrupted for 10 to 15 times longer than with conventional ribbon-wound coils, say company officials, eliminating downtime, coil-end scrap loss, and coil telescoping and tangling. Specialty Strip & Oscillating provides oscillate coils with 20-25 miles of continuous strip that weigh as much as 5000 lb.; www.specialtystrip.com.

 

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