It might not seem particularly important, in relation to the use of special steel qualities, by which we mean not only those with exceptionally high yield strength but also special wear-resistant types, but an “informed” glance around any large or small workshop will immediately show us how many tools and parts made of ordinary steel could be advantageously replaced by some of the specialized steel qualities we are talking about.
Moreover, aside from being an exercise of mere curiosity, we might consider how many scraps of “special” sheet metal could be reused instead of going to waste.
We are talking about parts for maintenance, accessories to use in the workshop itself, spare parts that could be made there for repairing machines, even the construction of special wrenches in custom sizes, at no cost. Many other useful items that could easily be made from scrap metal come to mind, such as wheels for bridge cranes, subject to differential wear, safety shields for the protection of vehicles, and so on.
All this work has already been going on for years in the steel mills and in the plants where rationalization is an item in the budget and where savings are achieved, in part, by reusing the less noble internal resources. It is a question of mentality but not one that concerns our internal market.
For example, by applying from this concept, a family-owned micro-business in Finland grew into an international group making gardening tools, by altering simple mechanisms that, however, required sturdier, lighter weight parts that were more reliable and safer to use and that would ensure long-lasting service.
A single worker who performs repetitive, manual operations experiences less fatigue and is thus more productive. In addition, the use of high-performing steel qualities stimulates the ability to invent new tools that would be impossible to make with traditional steel qualities.
But all this would require an underlying culture that exists only in the more highly evolved societies because, in this way, a startup with nothing more than a good idea could indeed become an important source of employment and support to the market.
It seems impossible that, after so many years, now that the engineers have discovered the latent ability of these steel types to transform the construction of large machines, no one should have thought of developing an aftermarket of this kind, especially now that these steel types no longer only exist in sheets, but are also available in new forms such as round bars, round and other shaped tubes and pipes.
VENTURI ACCIAI could also benefit in two important ways, if this cycle were established: by using its abundant stocks of whole steel sheets where necessary, and also by recycling the scraps that are discarded without distinguishing the different qualities.
When over forty years ago, these special steel types were first produced in Europe, one could count the applications on the fingers of a single hand, and the operators were worried and uncertain about their use because they were accustomed to a time in which iron was one thing and sophisticated steel alloys were another. After all these years we need only look at what has been done and how many grades there are in both Mpa and HBW to realize how many new uses have emerged, with the global development of machines, transportation and construction in general. In the automotive sector alone, the improvements have been tremendous in terms of safety, in particular, and the automobile is a good example of the advantageous use of small parts, positioned where necessary, made from different, compatible and ecosustainable grades.