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Ask an Expert: Need a hand? Wearable technology may expand your options

Mr. Yongro, Lee (27 years old at the time) was a normal healthy man used to be a body builder. However, one single accident happened in 1991 changed his entire life. With dedicated medical care, the medical team saved his life but could not revive his lower body ending up sitting on the wheelchair for the rest of his life. Another man Mr. Byungwook Kim (25 years old at the time) was hit by careless driver in the road in 1998. As a consequence, his dream playing tennis in a national team simply disappeared. However, the miracle had happened to both of them due to the support of new advanced robotic technology called ‘wearable robot’. Now Mr. Kim is able...

Smart Changes Rippling Throughout the Global Shipping Industry

Smart Changes Rippling Throughout the Global Shipping Industry

Container shipping moves 95 percent of all manufactured goods around the world, and in 2017, USD 4 trillion worth of products sailed across the seas. Container shipping first began in 1956 when Malcolm McLean stacked 58 steel containers onto a cargo ship to transfer goods from New Jersey to Houston. The idea was groundbreaking as products could go from ship to trains, trucks, etc. without being repackaged. The steel containers also kept products safe during the voyage overseas and handling at transfer points. Container shipping ultimately cut delivery times and labor costs, and established itself as the bedrock of today’s logistics industry and global trade. Now, at the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, container shipping is undergoing a smart...

Pumping Up Water Conservation with Steel

Pumping Up Water Conservation with Steel

All over the world, 844 million people or 1 in 9 people do not have access to clean drinking water. Most of those people live in rural areas and half of the 844 million people live in Africa. For those living in developed nations, having easy access to drinking water is a given, and the amount of water consumed on a daily, monthly or yearly basis is of little importance. However, it seems the world just can’t get enough of water. Global water demand is projected to increase 55 percent by 2050. Most of the demand will be driven by the agriculture industry, which currently makes up 70 percent of freshwater consumption, but is projected to grow another 69 percent...

Taking a Turn Towards the Future of Driverles

Taking a Turn Towards the Future of Driverless Freight Transportation

Freight trucks are responsible for transporting 70 percent of all freight in the U.S., and rapid developments in e-commerce have spiked the demand for deliveries. Experts project the global e-commerce market is positioned be worth about USD 4.5 trillion by 2021, and in the U.S, about half of all households have an Amazon Prime membership. However, the U.S. is short of about 30,000 to 35,000 drivers for every 750,000 trucks, and the number of driver shortages may reach up to 245,000 by 2022. That’s because right now, the average age of truck drivers in the U.S. is 55, and potential new recruits are choosing to sign up for construction or manufacturing jobs instead. All this leads to climbing prices for...

Ask an Expert Solar Tracking for a Bright Future

Ask an Expert: Solar Tracking for a Bright Future

The per watt decline in cost of solar cells has led to unprecedented growth in solar energy generation. While the industry is nowhere near to overtaking fossil fuel energy, the combination of solar and energy storage technology advances has already begun to make solar a highly competitive solution. In fact, utility-scale solar installations deploying grid-level storage are now winning against natural gas power plants in the US Southwest. Additionally, large-scale third-party installations such as parking lot solar canopies are springing up in many of the warmer regions. The surge in these installations is prompting a parallel upswing in solar infrastructure, which is seeing its own technology advances as a result of high demand and the need for greater cost efficiencies....

Clear Skies Ahead Clean Fuel for Green Shipping

Clear Skies Ahead: Clean Fuel for Green Shipping

The UK government released a report earlier this year revealing nitrogen dioxide (N0x) emissions from shipping is actually 4 times higher than the numbers reported in 2014, and the levels of sulfur dioxide (S0x) are 3 times higher in major port cities. This correction comes from a more detailed assessment of shipping activities that revealed ships actually consume 2.5 times more fuel than what was previously reported. Globally, shipping accounts for 15 percent of N0x emissions, 8 percent of S0x emissions and 3 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while aviation accounts for just 1.5 percent of GHG emissions. Overall, emissions including GHG are increasing with booming trade and industrial activity, and policymakers are facing mounting pressure to deal with...

Flying in Style How Airports Accommodate an Influx of Passengers

Flying in Style: How Airports Accommodate an Influx of Passengers

By February, the last of the Christmas lights are down, Michael Bublé disappears for another year and new year’s resolutions are postponed to 2019. It may seem as though the celebrations are over, but some cities around the world are just getting started with carnivals, festivals and events that draw thousands of people from all over the world. It’s no easy task to prepare a city for such big-scale events, but it’s a great opportunity for host cities to boost their economy and make a lasting impression on visitors. For most, the airport will be their first impression of the city, so host cities have vamped-up their airports with the help of steel.   Take a look at the airports...

How Tech Giants like Google and Amazon are Fueling Data Centers

How Tech Giants like Google and Amazon are Fueling Data Centers

Starting in 2014, companies from around the world joined a global initiative called RE100, and pledged to power 100 percent of their operations with renewable energy. The private sector accounts for over half of the entire electricity consumption of the world, so it’s no longer enough to rely on government policies for real, sustainable change. That’s why hundreds of companies are joining the initiative and taking the reins to drive toward a low-carbon, sustainable future.   They also have every incentive to do so. From 2010 to 2016, the price of wind and solar energy dropped by 60 and 80 percent, respectively. With the global demand for energy projected to rise 30 percent by 2040, green energy producers and related...

The Perfect Finish Safe and Sustainable Steel Packaging

The Perfect Finish: Safe and Sustainable Steel Packaging

Often times, the competitiveness of a manufactured product lies in the finishing touches. For centuries, manufacturers have used steel packaging mainly for food, starting with steel cans to package food for the French troops during the Napoleonic wars. Commercial production of steel cans began in 1812 in London to supply longer-lasting food to the British army. Today, manufacturers turn out up to 1000 cans per minute for more than 1500 types of food, but also for beauty products, paints, chemicals and more. Watch hundreds of steel cans being produced at a Soudronic canning factory. Advantages of Steel Packaging Steel is one of the most commonly used packaging materials by manufacturers, because it is widely available, cost-effective and easy to work with....

Powering a New Generation of Home Appliances

Powering a New Generation of Home Appliances

Practically everything in the modern home, from the refrigerator to the electric toothbrush, runs on an electric motor. The global market for electric motors is worth tens of billions of dollars and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2 percent from 2017 to 2025. The ever-growing demand for electric motors can be attributed to several factors including the growing interest in eco-friendly and fuel-efficient motors and improved living standards in a number of densely-populated countries around the world. Plus, new innovations in home appliances are not only driving the demand for electric motors, it’s changing the way they are shaped, sized and put together. So, how exactly do electric motors work? An electric motor is in pretty much...

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