LIBERTY TO PLAY KEY ROLE IN £35M PROJECT TO CREATE SMARTER, GREENER AND CLEANER STEEL IN THE UK
Liberty is to play a key role in a new £35 million research network, announced today, that will see UK steelmakers and university scientists work together on a seven-year programme to transform Britain’s steel sector.
The company will join forces with industrial and academic partners in a network called SUSTAIN which aims to create, smarter, greener and cleaner steel. SUSTAIN is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council who are making the largest ever investment by a UK research council in steel research.
The network is led by Swansea University, partnered with the universities of Sheffield and Warwick.
The announcement is a landmark as it is the first time UK steel producers and representatives from the manufacturing sector have lined up behind a co-ordinated programme of research. SUSTAIN aims to transform the whole steel supply chain, making it cleaner, greener and smarter, and more responsive to the fast-changing needs of customers.
Its work will be concentrated on zero waste iron and steelmaking, aimed at making the industry carbon-neutral by 2040, and on smart steel processing
based on more intelligent uses of data to find ways to make industry’s processes and products even greener, such as harvesting untapped energy sources, capturing carbon emissions and re-processing societal and industrial waste streams.
It is projected to: • Double UK steel manufacturers’ gross value added (GVA) by 2030 • Boost jobs in the industry to 35,000 • Increase productivity by 15%
Dr Simon Pike, Liberty’s technical director said: “We’re proud to be involved in this flagship programme which will help make Britain a leader once again in the global steel industry. This initiative fits perfectly with Liberty’s GREENSTEEL vision and with our commitment to the development of a new-generation of steels, including our own latest initiative to create new powder metal alloys suitable for Additive Manufacturing. We look forward to working with leading scientists and engineers from across the country to make SUSTAIN a big success.”
GLOBAL STEEL PROVIDER SWITCHES TO TRUTAC FOR TIGHT COMPLIANCE CONTROL
Barrett Steel, the UK’s largest independent steel stockholder switched to TruTac’s compliance management software over a year ago and, says the company, there’s no looking back.
With 150 own-account vehicles operating on restricted
licences throughout the UK and
Ireland, Barrett Steel recognised the need for an integrated package which could facilitate real-time monitoring and compliance control for every vehicle and driver within the fleet.
Tallis, Group Logistics Manager,
“We moved from our previous supplier to TruTac because their software is intuitive and more ‘user-friendly’. Now, using their ‘TruControl’ portal, which combines TruAnalysis, TruView, TruDriver, TruDocument and TruLicence, we control virtually all aspects of our vehicle and driver compliance.”
Barrett Steel operates from 27 sites serving a cross section of industry sectors, including agriculture,
oil and gas, off-shore, rail,
construction, safety and access and materials handling – a diverse range which requires round-the-clock vehicle compliance.
“The good thing is,” adds Richard “there is no need to visit every site just to collect or inspect information. Data is seamlessly collected and analysed in the cloud via DigiPostPro terminals
at each site. Quick analysis, instant online access from anywhere in the country and intuitive dashboards get me straight to the data I need. All this, plus a suite of automated reporting, means we maintain tight control and compliance across the entire fleet at all times.”
TruDriver for example, enables close driver monitoring and any infringements are automatically logged and highlighted by the system. Then, informed driver debriefs can be conducted and further action or training prescribed to correct any problems, if required.
“I have been familiar with TruTac’s products
since 2006” comments Richard, “and no question, their range of software has evolved from core tachograph analysis to the complete range of bespoke tools for vehicle and driver data monitoring and compliance control. Saves time, driver friendly, easy to install and easy to use. The support is also second to none. We are moving forward together.”
Formed in 1866, Barrett Steel comprises 40 stockholding companies across the UK and its key divisions: Engineering Steel, Tubes Division, International and General Steels, provide for numerous industry requirements on a global basis.
10 ENGINEER THE REFRACTORIES March 2019 Issue
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