US Moline Forge on solid ground (US)

Founded in September 1915 as Moline Forging and Manufacturing Co., its sole purpose was producing artillery shell forgings for the Allied Forces during World War I in Europe. Over the course of that conflict, the company turned out between five and six million shell forgings on large mechanical forging machines known as “Bulldozers” built by Williams, White. Moline Forging and Manufacturing Co. began operations in the South Shop of Williams, White & Co. As business grew, the directors looked to the postwar period, purchasing a two-block plant site further east in Moline. Construction on the new plant began in 1917, and was occupied in 1918. By the time hostilities ceased in Europe, Moline Forging and Manufacturing Co. had already developed an additional customer base which was not military related. As the company transitioned to fully domestic production, heavily weighted with farm equipment business, the name was changed in 1920 to Moline Forge, Inc.

MOLINE — If you’ve lived in the Illinois Quad-Cities for a few years, you likely have driven by Moline Forge on Fourth Avenue in Moline. And you may have even wondered what it is.  It’s eight generally hot buildings covering 80,000 square feet of space where steel is

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Ellwood Group Lobbying at the Pentagon for Military’s Steel Forgings to Remain in USA (US)

Ellwood Group is one of the few steel forging companies left in America. Its leaders are asking federal legislators to help make sure the materials they provide to the Defense Department are used instead of foreign steel

Steel contracts mean steel jobs : That is the message officials at the Ellwood Group gave to U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16, Butler, Thursday afternoon as they lobbied for his help in making sure the Defense Department is using steel forging from American plants instead of relying on foreign steel.

Kelly toured the company’s New Castle complex and learned how ingots bigger than a school bus can be turned into pivotal pieces of equipment for the nation’s battleships and jet fighter planes, as well as the commercial airliners taking grandparents on their annual pilgrimage to see the grandchildren in Texas. David Barensfeld, chairman of the Ellwood Group’s board of directors, and president and CEO until earlier this year, said his company can provide all the steel materials the Defense Department needs, it just needs to be giventhe opportunity. Ellwood Group, which has nine metal works companies in 25 locations throughout North America under its umbrella, including Ellwood City Forge, the company that began it all in 1910, is one of the few in the nation to still provide steel forging and is the Continue reading

Vulcan : Australia’s lead supplier of Engineering Steels and Alloys (US)

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US Air Force To use Blockchain to Secure 3D Print Parts’ Supply Chain (US)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rogelio Lopez, 60th Maintenance Squadron assistant aircraft metals technology section chief, loads Ultem 9085 material into a canister for use in the Stratasys F900 three-dimensional printer Aug. 15, 2019, Travis Air Force Base, California. Travis AFB is the first field-unit location in the Air Force to have the Stratays F900 3-D industrial printer certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and Air Force Advanced Technology and Training Center for use on aircraft replacement parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

The U.S. Air Force is collaborating with blockchain as a service (BaaS) company SIMBA Chain to enhance security in additive manufacturing. The partnership is part of the force’s Blockchain Approach for Supply Chain Additive Manufacturing Parts (BASECAMP) project. BASECAMP will use the SIMBA Chain platform to demonstrate a blockchain approach for the registration and tracking of 3DContinue reading

New method for testing plastic damage in alloys (US)

Researchers from Australian’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) have formulated new ways of testing how alloys suffer plastic damage. The method studies dislocations present in the microstructure of the material and can estimate a component’s service lifetime. The team, led by Dr Ondrej Muránsky, used Electron Back-Scatter Diffraction (EBSD) and High-Resolution Synchrotron Diffraction (HRSD) to see how materials were affected after being subjected to stress.

It is of technological importance to understand the accumulation of plastic damage or deformation in components under various operating conditions in order to estimate their service lifetime. A team of international researchers led by ANSTO have compared two novel techniques that can be used to assess the degree of accumulated plastic damage in alloys by measuring the amount of dislocations present in the microstructure.   Lead author Dr Ondrej Muránsky said they used Electron Back-Scatter Diffraction (EBSD) and High-Resolution Synchrotron Diffraction (HRSD) to obtain complementary information about the dislocations stored by the material as a result Continue reading

Eramet commits to short-term specific objectives for a better world (US)

As a global mining and metallurgical group, Eramet has set its corporate social responsibility objectives for the next five years. Through an ambitious roadmap that meets the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Eramet confirms its ambition to be a committed and contributive corporate citizen. 

To contribute to the construction of the mining and metallurgical industry of tomorrow, Eramet commits to thirteen measurable objectives, which are integrated into its overall strategy. They are organised around three pillars – human, economic and environmental. Serving as a meeting point between its businesses, its strategy and the global challenges to which the Group is committed, this roadmap contributes to local development, preserves the environment and supports all communities on the territories where it operates. Eramet aims to use this roadmap step up the integration of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) actions into short- and medium-term schedules, particularly for its mining activities.

This CSR roadmap reflects our commitment and ambition to rigorously implement the most responsible and sustainable practices across all our activities and with all our stakeholders. It is central to Eramet’s strategic vision and its ambition is in line with our conviction: We create sustainable value through combining operational performance with a positive impact on our environment and society “.

Virginie de Chassey, Executive Senior Vice-President of Communication and Sustainable Development

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Germany: Testing Creep Properties in 3D Printed Single Crystal Ni-base Superalloys (US)

German researchers explore creep properties in superalloys, detailing their findings in the recently published ‘Creep properties of single crystal Ni-base superalloys (SX): A comparison between conventionally cast and additive manufactured CMSX-4 materials.’ The authors compare both microstructures and the creep properties of two different types of single crystal Ni-base superalloys. Single crystal Ni-baseContinue reading

Air Liquide to deliver hydrogen for thyssenkrupp’s pioneering project for lower carbon steel production (US)

Hydrogen will play a significant role in the transition to a low-carbon future. It can replace coal used in iron and steel industrial processes such as in this project. 

PARISJuly 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Air Liquide and thyssenkrupp Steel, a world leading supplier of carbon steel flat products, join forces in a pioneering project to develop lower carbon steel production. For the first time, hydrogen will be injected to partially replace pulverized coal at a large scale in the blast furnace during steel production. After successful completion of a pilot phase this autumn 2019, Air Liquide will ensure a stable supply of hydrogen from its 200 km network in the Rhine-Ruhr Area. This solutionContinue reading

UK Invests £16 million in the new light metals research center (US)

A new light metals research centre, based at Brunel’s Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) is set to revitalise the UK metals industry. Global manufacturers, suppliers and consultants will help train the metallurgists of the future and reinforce the UK as a world leader in metallurgical science. A £16m grant from The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) was announced by Universities, Science and Innovation Minister Chris Skidmore. Named the Future Metallurgy Centre, the new facility will develop new casting technologies and next generation aluminium, magnesium alloys for things like top-performing cars and planes. Already, it hasContinue reading

China Develops Advanced Titanium Alloys to Reduce Fatigue Of Military Helicopters Rotors (US)

A titanium alloy is a strong metal and, together with the new technique, could make helicopters more reliable in difficult environmental conditions, including at sea and in the desert, analysts said. Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times that a fatigue-resistant rotor could also allow a helicopter to work under higher stress, including maintaining high speeds for extended periods or lifting heavier cargo for longer distances. The anti-fatigue feature is important because rotor fatigue is not always noticeable, causing unforeseen dangers, the report said.

China recently mastered a new fatigue-resistant technology for helicopter rotors, which could greatly expand the helicopters’ capability and service time, a development which military experts said on Tuesday could be of strategic value to China’s domestic helicopter industry as the technology could be used on China’s future heavy-lift transport helicopters and attack helicopters. During the development of an unidentified helicopter, engineers at Changhe Aircraft Industry (Group) Corporation Ltd under theContinue reading