What it Takes to BYOB (Brew Your Own Beer)

What it Takes to BYOB (Brew Your Own Beer)

Beer is as old as time. The earliest historical record of beer dates back to ancient civilizations that drank beer and wine over water, because fermented alcohol was safer to drink than unsanitized water. Even Louis Pasteur found a method to pasteurize beer 22 years before it was applied to milk, thus triggering the modern era of beer. In addition, the development of home refrigerators, double-walled railcars, automatic bottling as well as stainless steel kettles commercialized the beverage and placed it in the pints and hearts of beer lovers around the world. In recent years, there has been a mass movement away from mass-produced, commercial beer to craft beers. Craft beers are usually made in smaller batches, have customized flavors...

How Tiny Steel Homes Allow for Limitless Living

How Tiny Steel Homes Allow for Limitless Living

Housing affordability is an ever growing concern for communities nationwide and nearly 39 million US households live in housing they cannot afford. As an affordable and eco-conscious solution to an increasingly tight housing supply, today’s home buyers are choosing to go small and joining the tiny house movement. The tiny house movement is demonstrating the trend of living and maintaining a minimalist lifestyle for those who want simpler ways of living. This trend is picking up pace across generations and countries for financial and environmental reasons. With thoughtful and innovative designs, tiny home owners can enjoy a greener lifestyle and the satisfaction of building their own refuge while freeing themselves from mortgages and expensive energy bills. Read on to find...

Limitless Advancements in Railway Innovation

Limitless Advancements in Railway Innovation

The railway industry, one of the oldest transportation industries, is continuously evolving thanks to advancements in technology and engineering. According to World Steel Association’s recently published infographic, the total length of railways worldwide spans 1,055,263 km – enough steel rails to cover more than 2.7 times the distance to the moon. Of these many railways across the globe, which are becoming bigger, faster and longer today, The Steel Wire explores two recently established railway systems that opened limitless opportunities for the countries they connect. The World’s Longest Tunnel Through the Alps The world’s longest and deepest train tunnel officially opened in December 2016, after nearly two decades and USD 12.5 billion worth of construction work in Switzerland. The new 35-mile...

Mandela Day Honoring His Limitless Compassion and Patience

Mandela Day: Honoring His Limitless Compassion and Patience

In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 18, the day the late president of South Africa (1918-2013) and anti-apartheid activist was born, Mandela Day. Mandela Day is a global movement to honor his lifetime of service for South Africa and the world. During his lifetime, Nelson Mandela not only helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa but was also a global advocate for human rights. As a member of the African National Congress party beginning in the 1940s, he was a leader of both peaceful protests and armed resistance against the white minority’s oppressive regime in South Africa. Although his actions landed him in prison for nearly three decades, his limitless compassion and patience to change...

Why Steel Bikes Will Always Be in the Game

Why Steel Bikes Will Always Be in the Game

Cycling enthusiasts look forward to July every year, for the event many argue as the most prestigious competition in the world of cycling. The Tour de France (the Tour) began in 1903, sponsored by a local newspaper company called L’Auto and is now in its 104th run. For bike sponsors, the Tour is a chance to showcase their brand’s newest gear and technology. The biggest bike companies invest millions of marketing dollars into a team competing on the Tour, for the greatest exposure they will receive all year.  Every year, 10-12 million spectators of 40 different nationalities gather roadside and many more tune into media coverage of the three-week event. Today, the four most common materials used in race bikes...

Steel Runs Through Iconic Monuments in the Big Apple and Beyond

Steel Runs through Iconic Monuments in the Big Apple and Beyond

For our readers in the U.S., Happy Fourth of July! The U.S. is the birthplace of many iconic figures, movies, and buildings. The Statue of Liberty is one such work of art which stands as a symbol of freedom and independence. The Empire State building is another architectural icon in the center of New York, a city which in and of itself represents the U.S. Although these monuments appear majestic on the exterior, it is their interior composition that has kept them standing tall all these years. These and other international iconic structures embody the limitless ways steel builds culture around the globe. A Gift from the French   More than a hundred years ago, the French sent a giant...

Ask an Expert Has Steel Achieved Its Peak in Lightweighting

Ask an Expert: Has Steel Achieved Its Peak in Lightweighting?

From body structures to IP beams, Dr. Donald E. Malen, adjunct professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, analyzes 15 vehicle components in total and explores the limitless potential of steel’s mass savings. Take a look at this summarized version of his auto mass benchmarking report or download the full version at the bottom of this post.  The increasing demand for automotive fuel efficiency and mass reduction has resulted in increased use of alternative materials in the design of various components that have historically been produced using steel. Mass benchmarking often is done with a one-at-a-time approach. A reference vehicle is selected, the vehicle is disassembled, parts weighed and analyzed, and then the data used to set mass...

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Contributor: Upcycling Steel into Stunning Architecture

Upcycling, the act of repurposing old, abandoned materials or spaces and giving it a new purpose, is a trend that has taken the world by storm. Abandoned buildings and even shipping containers can be upcycled into stunning pieces of architecture with an element of comforting nostalgia. Upcycling ensures that resources are used to their fullest extent, minimizing the number of trips made to the landfill. Vivian Kim, a travel writer, takes us deeper into this topic and introduces two examples of upcycling architecture from her time in both Korea and the Netherlands. Steel, an Ideal Material for Upcycling Steel is 100% recyclable, which makes it one of the most ideal materials for upcycling. Other construction materials, such as wood and...

How Steel Makes the Circular Economy Go ‘Round

How Steel Makes the Circular Economy Go ‘Round

Most business models function in a linear fashion, in which products are manufactured, used, and then disposed of. In recent decades, however, there has been a push to find more sustainable practices that reuse products instead of disposing of them in landfills. From this, the concept of the circular economy was formed. As a material used globally in millions of parts, buildings, and products, steel plays a central role in helping build and sustain a more sustainable, circular economy. What is the Circular Economy? The circular economy concept gained momentum in the 1970s as academics, businesses, and thought leaders realized that there needed to be a change in the way products were manufactured and disposed of. The general goals of...

3 Companies Leading with IIoT for Sustainable Production

3 Companies Leading with IIoT for Sustainable Production

Tech companies are doing their best to keep consumers constantly connected to their gadgets. A large part of that has been advances in IoT (Internet of things) that has automated nearly everything from TVs to thermostats through M2M (machine to machine) communication. Today’s connected devices can communicate with each other and operate based on changes in their environment without user input. Despite unbelievably rapid progress, many IoT tasks for consumers are seen as nice, but not necessary. Waking up to coffee that is brewed in sync with the alarm is certainly a perk most people would enjoy, but it is not something that could not be done with a little extra effort.   While consumers are able to see benefits...

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