Juan Manuel Pierce, head of design department at Acoplados Salto, has been part of developing the new lightweight products. He says one of the main advantages of using SSAB materials is their reduced weight and high level of safety. Even though the material is lightweight it is robust and do not crack when in contact with hard surfaces or harsh conditions, making them safer for heavier loads.
“The use of Strenx 700MC and 700CR as well as Hardox 450 has helped us achieve a product that is highly resistant to wear and tear while at the same time reducing thickness,” Pierce says. “The best properties of the SSAB steel enable us to improve the design of our products.”
Since December 2017, Acoplados Salto has been a member of the My Inner Strenx® program. One advantage is the advice provided by SSAB about the possibilities of the different materials.
“Through My Inner Strenx we have integrated new knowledge about the SSAB materials to constantly improve our production,” Pierce says. “The help and support we receive from SSAB includes technical advice on how to use the material, soldering, welding, cutting it and bending it.”
Andriano also sees another advantage to being a member of My Inner Strenx® program, namely that the company receives the material it needs on time and in the form desired.
“We always have sufficient stock to make the number of units that we require,” Andriano says. “This means that our units are produced under perfect conditions. Also, the customers see it as added value. Having the My Inner Strenx logo on our units represents quality products. It’s something the client values, knowing that the unit is made with SSAB lightweight material. They know its qualities.”
The future for Acoplados Salto is to continue along the same path, maintaining the quality and reputation of the brand, meeting the needs of the market in accordance with new legislation.
“That is our path, continuing to prioritize product quality,” Andriano says. “The use of Strenx and Hardox steels enables us to continue along that path. Quality above all – that's our company's motto.”