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Six steel steps towards improved economy

SSAB Tunnpl : 18 March, 2003  (New Product)
SSAB Swedish Steel's recently launched Business Steel School is mounting an initiative throughout Europe to drive home the benefits of using high strength steels and promote greater understanding of how using the material can result in direct economies.
The process by which high strength steel is produced and its resultant strength and purity, benefits the customer in a number of ways.

The Business Steel School sets out to demonstrate how, by adopting a holistic approach, steel users can achieve enhanced overall economy in six basic areas.

These opportunities for cost savings have been defined as follows:

1. lower weight products/higher load bearing capacity
2. lower material costs
3. more efficient production fewer production operations, fewer rejects
4. lower storage costs and simplified stock management
5. stronger products with longer life span
6. reduced environmental impact

Modern, advanced high strength steels are much stronger than ordinary steels, and they have the added advantage that their high purity provides them with excellent forming properties. SSAB's high strength steels owe their purity to an accurately controlled production process specially developed to provide steel with tensile strengths up to 1400 N/mm2.

As Jan-Olof Sperle, development director of SSAB Swedish Steel explains: 'The process used to manufacture high strength steels is complex, and requires highly accurate monitoring of both metallurgic factors and rolling. A temperature deviation of only a few degrees, for example, can seriously damage the material during rolling. Therefore all our processes are to tightly controlled tolerances to produce steels with virtually no impurities and with highly consistent mechanical properties. When the steels are used correctly, these inherent properties are of direct benefit to the customer, from production right through to the quality of the end product.'

A series of course modules from the Business Steel School has been designed to demonstrate these principles.' Many companies realise that high strength steels create stronger and more durable products,' explains Jan-Olof Sperle, 'But by using the skills of SSAB's Technical Service Engineers, supporting the whole production process, even greater improvements and economic benefits can generally be achieved.'

When the 6-point programme is fully applied, the greatest economic benefits are reaped.
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