How Quality Wire Rods Benefit Automakers

How Quality Wire Rods Benefit Automakers

Last month, POSCO opened its second overseas automotive wire rod plant in Indiana. The new facility has an annual production capability of 25,000 tons and will supply premium automotive wire rods to its partners in the U.S. Although wire rods are not always in the spotlight, they are widely used in many parts of a car. Steel wire rods are processed into parts for the steering and suspension systems, tire cords and bearings. However, not all wire rods are the same, and improvements in production technologies can increase automotive performance, safety and cost-effectiveness. POSCO’s world premium steel wire rods provide such solutions to its automotive partners as the global demand for automotive wire rods continues to grow. Take a look...

Innovative Metal Applications in Everyday Electronic Products_

Innovative Metal Applications in Everyday Electronic Products

You would think that metals are typically used for the most part in building and bridge construction. But today, thanks to technological advances, their use has expanded enormously. In this spirit, The Steel Wire highlights the innovative use of metals in household appliances and electronic devices from air conditioners and cameras to laptops. Read on to see how innovative applications of metals have the power to present a new, more efficient way to live. Breeze-Free Air Conditioner with Metal Cooling Panel There may have been those even in the heat this past summer who didn’t want to use air conditioners due to direct blasts of cold air. Here’s good news: Samsung’s “breeze-free” air conditioner, Q9500, maintains a stable room temperature...

It’s Time to Clean Out the Pipes with Stainless Steel

It’s Time to Clean Out the Pipes with Stainless Steel

We rely on water, for everything from hygiene to industry. What the majority of people don’t think about every day is exactly how that water gets delivered, and whether or not the system is working well. In truth, underneath homes and businesses, there are water pipelines that are rapidly reaching the end of their life cycle. Aging Water Pipeline Systems Around the World Outdated water pipelines systems such as prestressed concrete cylinder pipelines (PCCP), lead pipes and corrosive iron pipes are causing problems worldwide. PCCP is common throughout the U.S. They are large in diameter, meaning that when they fail, it can be catastrophic. PCCP failures have ruptured and leaked, cracked and dented, or otherwise ceased to hold up to...

AI for steel production

Iron Age 2.0: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Steel Industry

The fourth industrial revolution has impacted the steel industry from all sides, from production processes to value chain and competition. Steel has been evolving since the first industrial revolution, which brought with it steam engines, moving into electricity and conveyor belts in the second revolution, to the third industrial revolution and its personal computers and internet access. The fourth industrial revolution is heralded by big data, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality, 3D printing and other technological innovations. It’s happening at rapid speed. The steel industry needs to keep up and take advantage of all that this revolution has to offer. However, the industrial revolution did not happen overnight, and advancements in human development traces...

How POSCO Uses Steel Waste to Clean the Oceans

How POSCO Uses Steel Waste to Clean the Oceans

The world’s largest garbage dump is not found on land. It’s in the world’s oceans. There is a shocking amount of garbage and waste in the world’s oceans, and it has gone unchecked for far too long. Ocean currents have drawn these floating garbage patches together into distinct regions, and, according to the National Geographic, one in the Pacific covers an area larger than Mexico. Individuals, governments, and companies are heeding the call of oceanographers and other scientists and realizing more and more that a healthy ocean is vital to humanity’s survival. Many organizations are working to protect this natural resource by implementing sustainable, responsible practices to help clean up the oceans. The State of the Ocean Today Plastic is...

Going Autonomous: The Transformation of the Transportation Industry

Going Autonomous: The Transformation of the Transportation Industry

Planes, trains, and automobiles — they have been the arteries of the transportation industry for a long time. These vehicles, along with other methods of transportation, remain vital as autonomous transportation emerges in full. Many people have heard of self-driving cars, but this is just one example of unmanned, autonomous transportation. Ferries, pods, drones, and other vehicles are all part of the innovative trend toward vehicles that operate on their own, providing great opportunities to companies looking to invest. Why Should People Care About Autonomous Transportation? Autonomous transportation is emerging across the world, from personal vehicles to Tesla’s proposed semi trucks that drive in convoy with a lead vehicle handling autonomous follow trucks. Intel is also planning to test a...

A military personnel wearing an exoskeleton

Transforming Lives with Exoskeletons

New robotic exoskeletons are helping people with disabilities, paralysis and injuries, allowing them to walk again and stave off secondary injuries from prolonged sitting. Imagine, people with disabilities, after being told they may never walk again, find they can not only walk, but also cover a mile in an hour. Or, a worker with a physically demanding job who lifts and carries loads of weight every day can wear a suit that does the bulk of the lifting for them. Consider the corresponding change in productivity and morale! With AI, these scenarios are a reality. Human Exoskeletons and Where They are Applicable One robotic exoskeleton, SuitX, has the technology that allows users with lower-body disabilities to cover a mile in an...

Game Changers in Aviation that Will Empower the Way We Fly

Game Changers in Aviation that Will Empower the Way We Fly

With the International Civil Aviation Organisation calling on the aviation industry to reduce its carbon footprint, a host of aircraft manufacturers are turning to innovative and efficient solutions. Read on to find out about some of the most innovative aviation projects that recently took off in an effort to find greener and more efficient ways to fly. Textron Aviation 3D-Printed Engine With the rise of new technologies, innovative ideas in the aviation industry are taking off in an effort to streamline manufacturing processes and improve the aircraft performance. In 2016, Textron Aviation unveiled its new 10-person business aircraft, the Cessna Denali, powered by a propeller engine that consists of 3D-printed titanium and steel components. The engine, which was developed by...

Possible Solution to the Refugee Housing Crisis_

Possible Solution to the Refugee Housing Crisis

At the end of 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) found that 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide. This number is a record high, and finding a way to deal with the growing refugee population is a pressing burden for the international community. This year, thousands of Haitian refugees with protective status in the U.S. following the 2010 earthquake, crossed the border into Quebec, Canada. The Trump administration announced in May that the temporary status for those refugees will end in January 2018. Facing deportation, the number of asylum seekers migrating to Canada is on a rapid rise. For now, the Canadian government has turned the Montreal Olympic Stadium into a temporary shelter...

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...

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