• Tech as in wreck Mar 28, 2016

    There are plenty of reasons for shredder operators to consider upgrading their equipment to take advantage of the latest technologies, and keeping business profitable is the top one.

  • Detection agencies Mar 28, 2016

    In a down market, handheld device makers emphasize service and efficiency as scrap sorters are adopting both laser and X-ray detectors to help deal with sorting issues in the yard.

  • Conference calls Mar 28, 2016

    The ISRI2016 General Session speaker lineup focuses on the role of global economic factors in the recycling industry as opening and closing sessions are set to examine leading economic indicators and growth predictors.

  • MD has the cure Feb 24, 2016

    When the marketplace going gets tough, the tough go niche, like Illinois-based MD Metals, which says its sells at competitive prices and produces products in sizes and quantities that customers want, instead of in volumes that happen to meet the production schedule of suppliers.

  • Program guides Feb 24, 2016

    While software specific to the service center segment of the steel industry has been around for more than 30 years, its evolution has picked up steam in this century, resulting in the creation and enhancement of ERP and comprehensive supply chain management systems.

  • Predicting behavior Feb 24, 2016

    Predictive maintenance is growing in use in metals as plant professionals seek technologies for routine and scheduled maintenance, as well as for responding to unexpected breakdowns and repairs in the mill’s furnaces, on the production line and even in the area of product logistics.

  • A cut above Feb 24, 2016

    Steel tube and pipe makers and the companies that supply them with new technologies say it is amazing to see the advancements in bending and cutting technologies in just the past few years, despite how the lull in demand for energy-related products from the sector has affected business.

  • Power play Feb 24, 2016

    As steel mills across the country watch their margins shrink on the back of stalling U.S. oil production, solar energy is silently preparing for a capacity revolution as experts predict that solar and wind generation levels will increase in the coming years and decades, creating market opportunities.

  • Power trip Feb 24, 2016

    Absent investment capital for the time being, mill energy management is focusing on efficiency as predicted looming hikes in power prices are adding urgency to the future of process upgrades and cogeneration, continuing investments that mills already have been making for several years.

  • To buy or not to buy Feb 04, 2016

    In a low-price environment like the one facing scrap sellers today, is it better to own or to lease large, expensive but necessary equipment for a yard?