IMPROVING STEEL DISTRIBUTION EFFICIENCY
The steel industry is evolving, with mills serving demand for product in a variety of shapes and sizes, often making investments to adjust production lines for greater depth and diameter. But production is only part of the equation - the material handling equipment, processes and labor used to move steel products to storage and out for distribution can be a source of costly inefficiency or competitive advantage.
Instead of using multi-step, multi-machine workflows, what if mills could shift to a more streamlined approach?
By using a reach stacker, mills can use a single piece of equipment for a variety of tasks handling a variety of steel shapes and sizes - tasks traditionally divided up between several types of equipment like gantry systems, terminal tractors and lift trucks. This approach can unlock meaningful advantages for steel mills, helping boost efficiently, output and most importantly, profits.
If a mill uses some lift trucks to handle coils and other equipment to handle slabs, they are most likely paying for a bloated fleet. The coil handling trucks will sit idle and take up yard space when slabs are handled and vice versa, simply due to an inability to easily switch between the proper tooling.