Ian Melin-Jones

Ian Melin-Jones

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 11:11

Argon regulator for pipe purging systems

Dramatic savings can be achieved when welding stainless and chromium steels and also titanium alloy tube and pipes with the use of an Inflatable Pipe Purging System.

By restricting weld purging zones, Inflatable Pipe Purging Systems achieve a huge saving in time waiting for pipes to be completely filled with argon, purged down to a low enough oxygen level to start welding safely and also the cost of using a large amount of inert gas.

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To avoid such risks and to see that the inert gas being delivered to the pipe purging system is controlled, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® have designed and developed PurgeGate®, a unique valve which regulates the pressure and flow of gas that is passed through the system, ensuring that it will not burst regardless of the pressure and flow rate.

Ron Sewell, Chairman for HFT® said: “Purging larger diameter pipes has never been easier. PurgeGate® has found valuable applications in the welding industry where inflatable devices are used for weld purging of tubes and pipes. Setting flow rates and pressures on gas regulators can be interfered with. The pressure inside a purge system can also rise dramatically during a welding sequence, to create a burst. If inflatable devices burst during a tube or pipe weld sequence then the loss of protective gas can result in a highly expensive and extremely inconvenient weld repair.”

PurgeGate® is a low cost, reusable accessory that has been designed and constructed to pass a maximum of 7.5 litres/min and 0.5 bar pressure. Other versions of 1 bar and above are also available.

PurgeGate® is fitted as standard on HFT®’s QuickPurge® and HotPurge® Tube, Pipe and Pipeline Weld Purging Systems and is an optional extra for their lower cost PurgElite® series. PurgeGate® is designed to fit on all brands of Pipe Purging Systems and the valve can easily be moved from system to system.

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 11:05

Shape Corp. wins Swedish Steel Prize 2019

The winner of the 20th international Swedish Steel Prize is Shape Corp. from the United States. The prize is awarded for the groundbreaking use of martensitic steel in a 3D formed tube for automotive roof rail applications.

“With great skill, Shape Corp. has shown the way forward and has succeeded in efficiently utilizing a modern material with the highest possible strength level. This shows a major opportunity in challenging other lightweight materials with a steel solution that allows for circular material flows,” says Eva Petursson, chair of the Swedish Steel Prize jury and head of SSAB’s research and innovation.

Shape Corp.’s cost effective and robust manufacturing process for 3D shaped tubes made it possible to utilize the cold forming martensitic steel Docol® 1700M, from SSAB, for a unique lightweight solution for A-pillar and roof rail tubes, with a minimal profile size. The components will soon be implemented in a number of Ford vehicles, including the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Ford Escape.

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Thanks to 3D forming, instead of hydroforming, Shape Corp. has succeeded in creating smaller profiles than traditional solutions, allowing for better driver visibility, more interior space as well as better packaging of airbags.

The 3D formed A-pillars also have an improved strength to weight ratio of over 50 percent, which has led to an overall mass reduction of 2.8 to 4.5 kg per vehicle.

Shape Corp.’s highly innovative technology and use of steel has been proven viable within the global automotive industry and represents a major leap forward in both car safety and automotive design.

The Swedish Steel Prize, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, recognizes good engineering, cooperation and steel innovations that lead to a better and more sustainable world. The winner receives a diploma, a statuette by the sculptor Jörg Jeschke and intense media exposure. In conjunction with the Swedish Steel Prize 2019, SSAB will make a SEK 100,000 donation to UNICEF in support of their efforts to provide quality education and learning opportunities to children and adolescents worldwide.

The other finalists, Austin Engineering from Australia, Kampag from Brazil and Roofit.solar from Estonia, were runners-up for the Swedish Steel Prize 2019.

Read more about the Swedish Steel Prize on steelprize.com.

For further information, please contact:
Eva Petursson, Chair of the Jury, Swedish Steel Prize, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Anna Rutkvist, Project Manager, Swedish Steel Prize, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SSAB is a Nordic and US-based steel company. SSAB offers value added products and services developed in close cooperation with its customers to create a stronger, lighter and more sustainable world. SSAB has employees in over 50 countries. SSAB has production facilities in Sweden, Finland and the US. SSAB is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and has a secondary listing on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.ssab.com

Implementation of Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works’ (MMK) investment strategy from 2015-2025 should add USD 686 mln to the Company’s EBITDA per year. This was announced by MMK’s top management team at the Company’s Capital Markets Day held in London on Friday, 15 November 2019.

At the event, MMK’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Viсtor Rashnikov, CEO Pavel Shilyaev, Independent member of the Board of Directors Tav Morgan, and CFO Andrey Eremin held a presentation for international investors, financial analysts and journalists.

2016 04 07 064954“We have been focused on the consistent implementation of our development strategy and during the new investment cycle have already completed a number of key projects aimed at expanding MMK Group’s footprint in the segments for high-margin products,” said Chairman of the Board of Directors of MMK Viсtor Rashnikov. “We continue to implement our large-scale investment programme focused on upgrading and improving efficiency of sinter, coke and blast-furnace production processes. I want to highlight that our new projects are also aimed at minimising negative environmental impact in Magnitogorsk and the region. In particular, this is supported by using the best available technologies.”

Mr Rashnikov added, that annual CAPEX at MMK is planned at USD 900 mln per year from 2020-2023 followed by a decrease in capital investments in 2024-2025. In total, the costs of MMK’s key investment projects aimed at the Company’s development are expected to amount to USD 2.879 bln from 2015-2025.

Successful development of MMK’s production facilities and the launch of new innovative and import-substituting products have allowed the Company to become the leader in Russia in terms of HVA products output. At the same time, thanks to its conservative financial policy, the Company has been able to generate stable cash flow paid out to shareholders as dividends on a regular basis.

MMK’s strategy is focused on sustainable development principles which reflect a balance between improvement in operational and financial performance and social responsibility along with environmental protection.

A key strategic priority of MMK is to improve the environmental situation in Magnitogorsk. Since 2000, the Company has reduced its impact on the city’s air by half, while reducing discharge of pollutants into water fivefold. The implementation of its environmental initiatives should allow MMK to reduce its air emissions and discharge of water pollutants by an additional 20% and 70%, respectively, by 2025.

Following the presentation at the Capital Markets Day, MMK’s top management team took part in a media briefing with journalists from leading international outlets.

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