Steel is an incredibly valuable material that is used in a wide range of industries. Despite steels widespread use, there are still many aspects of the manufacturing process that could be improved. One of these is the amount of steel that is lost when crude steel is rolled and milled, turning it into strip steel. Fortunately, new technology comes out every year that makes the job easier and more accurate, and recently a new radar has been created that does just that.
This radar, a millimeter-wave device created by the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques is able to measure the width of steel strips down to the micrometer, which is useful when it comes to reducing and eliminating scrap. Without a measuring device like this radar, often excess steel is lost during the manufacturing process because pieces that are too wide are used. By measuring the width more accurately, workers can adjust machines so less scrap is created.
Steel plants may not be the most ideal environments for some radar systems, but this device is different. In fact, this radar can work in smoke, dust, fog, and other harsh conditions. And while this device is currently being mass produced, it does paint a great picture of the future where waste will almost be entirely eliminated from the manufacturing process.
What do you think of this new radar that can eliminate steel scrap? We’re excited about this device and others like it, and we’re always on the lookout for new technology that will change the steel industry in significant ways.