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Future Trends

Steel, Aluminum and Metal Casting are all considered Industries of the Future by DOE. Each has their own roadmap and vision for achieving energy use reduction and other production related and quality goals by the year 2020.

The broad technology goals of these Industry of the Future roadmaps are outlined below:

Steel:

  • Advance alternate iron making processes
  • Capture lost energy
  • Advance melting for optimum productivity, energy efficiency, and flexibility

Aluminum:

  • Reduce total energy consumption by 25%
  • Reduce overall operating costs by 3% per year
  • Increase use of co-generation and process improvements

Metal Casting:

  • Achieve 15% productivity increase every 5 years
  • Reduce energy use by 20%
  • Reduce manufacturing lead times by 50%