SSAB offers multiple calculators, tools and mobile apps to give customers insights on potential benefits of upgrading to high-strength steels. Optimization tools are also available to provide the best possible outcomes using the most common metal processing techniques.
According to Brown, Cross Country’s technical team has access to BendCalc, WeldCalc, SmartSteel and WearCalc. “We have used these apps to gain a better understanding of the materials and to learn more about spring back and calculating tonnage when press brake forming the steel. These apps did help us configure machinery for forming,” he explains. “For welding, the apps assisted us in setting the optimal welding temperature, speed, and angles for both Strenx® and Hardox® branded materials. Our production staff uses the BendCalc app on a regular basis.”
To uncover potential environmental savings, SSAB’s technical team recommends using the EcoUpgraded mobile app. For an example, refer to the EcoUpgraded app report shown here illustrating how a change in steel selection affects both fuel savings and profits.
“In this report, the estimated profit increase of $15,544 US ($19,695.03 CAD) per year comes from an upgrade like the one Cross Country made,” explains Jimmy Allen, Technical Development Manager. “This example is based on the weight savings of 1,036 kgs (2,284 lbs.) for an equivalent side-dump trailer design utilizing Strenx® high performance steel. The original trailer weighed 5,127 kgs (11,303 lbs.) versus the new design weighing in at 4,091 kgs (9,019 lbs.) This profit increase came from $14,047 US ($17,798.25 CAD) of increased payload revenue hauling 1,036 kgs (2,284 lbs.) per year and fuel savings of $1,497 ($1,896.77 CAD) on those return trips while unloaded. This is all based on an average driving distance of 24 kilometers (15 miles) each direction and 96560 kilometers (60,000 miles) per year with an average diesel fuel cost of $4.60 US ($5.83 CAD).”