Steel and wire work is important to most industries within construction and building. The new tools and advancements developed for the industry are critical for the development of both the employees and their companies and the consumer and their purchases. Making sure those within the industry are able to adapt to these new tools is an underrated aspect and is tied directly with the success and growth of the steel industry.
A lot of the time factories that are operating within the steel and wire industry may have a wide selection of apprenticeship pathways or some opportunities for employability skills training. This is important because it means that those who may undertake this form of training will need to be in touch and on top of all of the new tools, advancements and trends going on within the industry. We hope that this article can help whoever needs it and lead to the development of their professional selves.
Structural steel is used across many different industry sectors. Steel fabrication is a very complex process and it comprises of bending, cutting and welding plus moulding the steel. You need many different tools when working within the steel industry. We are seeing more and more efficient innovations and new tools being brought out each and every few years.
Here we have a few different tools that are new to the steel market:
Electric Forklifts Serving the Steel Industry
There is a growing number of companies that are in the steel and iron industry that are converting a fleet of forklifts from what they are now which is internal combustion to a more efficient form of electricity. This provides a solution for handling big loads inside the manufacturing plants and logistics centres. Imagine a forklift having to carry a new shipment of stainless steel wire mesh panels without the power of electricity, this is where these new advancements really benefit the workers and their physical health.
This mean getting rid of the harmful emissions along with the attempt at improving their environmental footprint. The quality of the work environment is growing, and more industries are switching from the forklifts with the combustion engine over to the electric ones.
This is a trend that involves the steel and iron industries which is historically one that is resistant to change due to the intensive handling that is required. Previously the electric forklifts were not thought to be energy efficient to manage the type of workload that is required.
The steel and iron industries are where most of the electric forklifts are expressing their maximum value and are offering customers good performance and reliability. It also offers the opportunity to significantly save on the operating costs when using the electricity rather than costly fuels. These forklifts are designed to have some special attention to operate ergonomics to ease the workload during even the prolonged shifts. Further attention should be paid to the changing operations of the battery which can now be performed faster, and all done with complete safety.
This is the process of colleting the data from within a computer and then transferring it via marking the location and the part marks onto the main bit of steel assembly. Doing it via this process reduces the hard labour of fitting the processors and reduces the risk for human error through more improved and efficient automation this changes from the old traditional way of making all the steel assemblies. This method will expand out the realm of CNC automation instead of just cutting, drilling, punching and copying to now include fitting and layout. The most expensive shop fabrication process. With the new scribing tools the data is read straight from the 3D model which will allow the shop fitters to see exactly which detailed material to put where on the main part. Even the new drilling lines are manufactured by the Ficep are even compatible with this new technology.
Now, just because there is a variety of new tools and additions being made within the industry, doesn’t mean your old tools are obsolete or no good. You still need those hammers, 3d printers, pallet jacks and safety equipment. This list is mainly to show you how far the industry has come and where it seems to be going.
No matter how new and innovated the products and tools are within the steel industry you need to always use precautions and ensure everything is set correctly before undertaking any work. Staff need to be shown how to use the new equipment properly and ensure they are confident and correct in doing so before they start using the equipment themselves. There should be a meeting and training session where the staff are educated about the new products and tools and exactly how to use them safe and securely to ensure everyone on the workplace can go home safely at the end of the day.