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Even if you haven’t had the chance to visit Paris, you already know about the Eiffel Tower. It is one of the world’s most iconic structures aside from the Statue of Liberty and a few others. Named after its creator Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The image below comes from the Eiffel Tower’s website and gives key figures regarding the structure.

  • The tower was only intended to last 20 years but was saved due to the scientific experiments it was used for
  • The tower served as a military radio post in 1903
  • The first public radio programme was broadcast in 1925 from the tower
  • Almost 250 million people have visited since it opened in 1889
  • 120 antennas are atop the structure
  • The country with the greatest percent of visitors (besides France) is Italy followed by Spain and the US
  • The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure for 40 years until the Chrysler Building was completed
  • Every 7 years, 50 tons of paint are added to the tower to protect it from rust
  • The temperature can alter the height of the tower by up to 6 inches
  • The French nickname is La dame de fer meaning the iron lady
  • The tower weighs over 10,000 tons and is made of iron

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Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.14.21 PMLeveltek President Mike Kelly and his wife Carla just returned from Australia where they attended the grand opening for the new $8 million BlueScope processing line. The Kelly’s were among the 120 guests which included customers, distributors, contraction companies and executives from Bradbury. The line was officially opened (ahead of schedule!) by Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery and BlueScope executives. Mike are Carla were able to tour the new line. “Everything looked fantastic and ran perfectly. All of the feedback was extremely positive. It has been a great project, a great team effort and one that Leveltek is proud to be a part of,” says Mike Kelly. 
 
 
A new $8 million hot rolled coil processing facility opened at BlueScope’s Port Kembla Steelworks on Monday.

The new processing line uses state-of-the-art stretch-levelling technology to make coil plate and has been strategically installed next to the hot strip mill.

Construction finished ahead of schedule, which meant Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery was able to open it a month early. Cr Bradbery spoke about the importance of adding value to the region’s economy.

He said BlueScope’s willingness to continue its long relationship with Wollongong was testimony to its ongoing confidence in the region.

BlueScope sales, marketing, innovation and trading general manager Jason Ellis said it was a great day for the steelworks and an investment in the future. The company was able to deliver a higher-quality product, he said.

“It is also important for our industry in general because this is a reinvestment back in steel. It doesn’t happen very often. It really is a significant milestone for all of us, not just BlueScope. This material and this product will help deliver better value for our customers and their customers,” he said.

BlueScope manufacturing general manager John Nowlan said the new processing line would employ about 10 people in two shifts.

“It is adding value to the coil that we make,” he said. BlueScope’s new coil plate product will be available in the market as TRU-SPEC™ Coil Plate steel. It is designed to bend, cut, press and form predictably to ensure quality products can be produced efficiently and easily.

BlueScope product and brand manager Gregory Moffitt said customers were definitely in mind in the latest investment.

The flatness and consistency of the coil plate steel was particularly suited to the industry’s growing preference towards laser cutting, which required products to stay flat during cutting, he said.

“Stretch levelling technology produces a ‘memory-free’ product, which means TRU-SPEC™ Coil Plate steel is less likely to flex up and jam or damage the laser cutter.”

Full production is expected to begin on September 1.

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At Leveltek International, we are always looking for the incredible things that steel creates. The New Safe Confinement is the structure intended to contain the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, Ukraine, part of which was destroyed by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

THE SACROPHAGUS 

The sarcophagus that currently encases Unit 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is a giant metal concrete structure quickly constructed as an emergency measure in 1986 to halt the release of radiation into the atmosphere following the explosion. The official Russian name is “Obyekt Ukrytiye” which means shelter or covering.

It is estimated that within the shelter there is 200 tons of radioactive corium, 30 tons of contaminated dust and 16 tons of uranium and plutonium (source Wikipedia). In 1996 it was considered impossible to repair the sarcophagus as radiation levels within it were as high as 10,000 röntgens per hour (background radiation in cities is around 20-50 microröntgens per hour, a lethal dose being 500 röntgens over 5 hours).inside-sarcophagus

A decision to replace the sarcophagus with a “New Safe Containment” was taken and construction of the new structure is now well underway. Originally planned to be in place by 2005, the New Shelter is expected to be completed by the French consortium Novarka in 2015.

 

 

THE CHERBOBYL NEW SAFE CONFINEMENT 

The Chernobyl New Safe Confinement is the largest moveable steel structure out there. It will prevent radioactive leakage from the old nuclear site. Just one way steel is keeping us safe! 

According to The Chernobyl Gallery, The New Safe Confinement (NSC or New Shelter) is the structure, paid for by the Chernobyl Shelter Fund, intended to fully contain the damaged nuclear reactor and prevent the reactor complex from leaking further radioactive material into the environment for the next 100 years. The confinement is expected to be completed by the French consortium Novarka in 2015.

 

Photographs of construction progress can be seen at www.chnpp.gov.

 

The word “confinement” is used rather than the traditional “containment” to emphasize the difference between the “containment” of radioactive gases that is the primary focus of most reactor containment buildings, and the “confinement” of solid radioactive waste that is the primary purpose of the New Safe Confinement.

Objectives of the NSC:

 

  • Make the destroyed ChNPP Unit 4 environmentally safe (i.e. contain the radioactive materials at the site to prevent further environmental contamination)
  • Reduce corrosion and weathering of the existing shelter and the Unit 4 reactor building
  • Mitigate the consequences of a potential collapse of either the existing shelter or the Unit 4 reactor building, particularly in terms of containing the radioactive dust that would be produced by such a collapse.
  • Enable safe deconstruction of unstable structures (such as the roof of the existing shelter) by providing remotely operated equipment for their deconstruction.

Watch this YouTube video to learn more about The Chernobyl New Safe Confinement

BENWOOD, WV – Leveltek International, an industry leader that has been operating and producing stretch leveling equipment for more than 20 years, has been selected by BlueScope, an Australian steel company, to provide state-of-the-art stretch-leveling technology for a new coil plate processing line due to start supply in late 2014.

BlueScope announced they were investing in Leveltek International’s stretch leveling technology, along with Bradbury’s CTL equipment for a new coil plate processing line May 19. This technology, not used before in BlueScope’s Australian domestic product range, will provide customers with an industry-leading standard of consistently flat and memory free coil plate products.

“Leveltek is honored to be selected by BlueScope, a well respected leader in the steel industry, to help grow their coil plate business,” says Michael Kelly, President of Leveltek International. “For more than 20 years, we have been committed to providing quality and reliable services to our partners. It is a vote of confidence that BlueScope chose Leveltek and we are thrilled to expand our footprint across the globe.”

Ken Liddle, Market Manager for BlueScope says the decision to invest in the new coil plate processing line was made after considerable feedback from their customers. “Our customers have a preference to buy locally made high-quality steel and through this investment we are able to offer them such a product. The flatness and consistency of stretch-leveling is particularly suited to the industry’s growing preference towards laser cutting and will be appreciated by our customers,” says Liddle.

“BlueScope has utilized the expertise of industry leaders in stretch-leveling technology, Leveltek International LLC in West Virginia, and industry leaders in steel processing equipment, The Bradbury Co., Inc. in Kansas.”

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Leveltek International designs, manufactures and installs stretch leveling systems for retrofit and new light-to-heavy gauge cut-to-length and coil-to-coil lines. Leveltek Stretch Leveling can help you cut sheets that satisfy fabricators’ increased demand for the memory-free steel required by laser and plasma cutting. The company was established in 1997 and has installations worldwide. Leveltek International is headquartered in Benwood, WV, about 60 miles (100km) west of Pittsburgh. For more information, call Leveltek International at 304.232.8530, e-mail sales@leveltek.com or visit http://www.leveltek.com

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In just a few weeks, we will be off to Mexico to take part in FABTECH Mexico. The "Mega Event," held at the Centro Banamaex in Mexico City, Mexico May 6-8 is expected to reach more than 550 exhibitors, 100,000 net square feet of floor space and draw over 12,000 attendees from Mexico and Central America.  Everyone involved in evaluating and purchasing new equipment, products or services needs to attend this event. Thousands of presidents, general managers, welders, plant managers, facility managers and engineers make the FABTECH Mexico Expo their only choice to buy, source, network and learn. It's a great opportunity to experience first-hand the thousands of pieces of bending and fabricating equipment up and running and in action! Featured FABTECH Mexico technologies include:

  • coil processing
  • plate and structural fabricating
  • punching
  • shears
  •  laser and plasma cutting
  • press brakes
  • roll forming
  • robotics
  • tube and pipe equipment
  • saws and cut-off machines
  • tooling
AWS Weldmex and METALFOM Mexico round out the full range of technologies that can be found at the exposition. These include:
  • Brazing
  • Bending/Folding
  • Resistance Welding
  • Controls
  • Safety Equipment
  • Finishing
  • Saws
  • Shears
  • Testing Equipment
  • Laser Welding
  • Industrial Gases
  • Metalworking Equipment
  • Welding Consumables
  • Welding Equipment
  • Power Sources
  • Presses
  • Stamping
  • Soldering
Leveltek is beyond thrilled to be an exhibitor for the show. It's great exposure for our company and could result in tremendous export opportunities. Manufacturing, construction and energy projects are growing in Mexico, demanding new equipment, services and technologically advanced products. Mexico’s low overhead costs and high quality labor, ranks it as one of the fastest growing manufacturing markets in the world. Within the next 30 years, Mexico will represent the world’s eighth largest G.D.P. FABTECH Mexico offers a unique platform for us to introduce our products and services to a targeted buying audience – Mexico’s metal fabricating professionals. On top of that, it's great for the attendees to learn the latest technology in metal forming, fabricating and welding. We will have live demonstrations and experts on hand. MAKE SURE TO STOP BY LEVELTEK'S BOOTH!

chifd_phototour37Fabtech 2013 is over, and we had a wonderful time.  Thank you to the Fabtech staff, the McCormick Place staff,  and the always wonderful city of Chicago for being fabulous hosts.  And thank you to everyone who stopped by and visited us at our booth!  We really appreciated it, and loved seeing all of you.

So, in honor of the occasion, a video explaining all the great things you should do if you happen to find yourself in Chicago, as we did this week.