While thermal processing is not a new concept and has been used in metal tempering for thousands of years, how it is applied and what it used for has become the focus of modern research surrounding industrial applications using various metals. Ancient thermal processors did not have to think about issues like the effect their tempering had on the environment, but today's metal fabrication industries must greatly think about their environmental impact. Check out some of the issues you may need to be prepared for in your metal fabrication business.
Out With The Old And In With New, More Advanced Materials
While it may be hard to imagine a material harder and stronger than steel, you should know that researchers are currently creating materials out of porous polymers that do have greater tensile strength and weight a lot less as well. For example, the automotive industry is looking into new types of steel alloy metals for the panels of vehicles so they will be stronger and more environmentally friendly. If your products are manufactured from steel materials, knowing more about the latest advancements surrounding steel alloys is important to know whether you will need to make changes in your thermal processes and other areas of production. Manufacturers using traditional steel materials will also need to consider the following trends for the success of their future production:
Efficient Heat Transference: With the introduction of new materials using steel alloys comes the need for greater, more efficient heat transference that is critical in the typical steel thermal process. One of the goals for more efficiency during heat transfers is for the successful recovery of gases and waste during the process, a concern many metal researchers have for the environmental impact of traditional tempering and thermal processes.
Optimizing Processes: Shortening the time it takes for thermal processes is another focus for helping metal fabrication industry become more environmentally friendly. One aspect being looked at is how temperatures can be reduced while still creating greater, stronger materials.
Real-Time Data For Modeling And Sensors: If you could know at the exact moment your thermal processing or another aspect of metal production experienced a problem that caused several products to end up being a waste, you know how much time and money that could save you in your business. New computerized (CAD and CAM) features are being explored that can provide real time data for multiple variables to help you catch mishaps in the act, giving you and your fabricators the chance to stop production and make repairs and amends before starting back up again.
Staying ahead of your competition today requires you to remain informed about the latest advancements being made in the world of metal fabrication.