In the North American steel industry, SMDI members are leaders and innovators. The companies that invest in our programs are using that investment as a catalyst for change to advance steel's competitive edge. From powertrains, chassis and suspension systems to continuously reinforced concrete pavement (CRCP), reinforced concrete railroad ties, and wire rod and fastener technology, SMDI's Long Products Market Development Group (LPMDG) is making steel the material of choice for ground vehicle, construction and other broad-based markets.
The Long Products Market Development Group, formed in 1997, provides a unique forum for long products steel producers. Through the support of SMDI, the LPMDG is growing the market for value-added steel bar and rod products. With member companies and task forces--Automotive/Heavy Equipment and Construction/Infrastructure--the group is committed to developing innovative solutions to the challenges facing their clients and the steel industry.
Through research and development of new product and process technologies, the LPMDG works in partnership with customer groups to develop pre-competitive solutions to meet market challenges. Technology Transfer seminars enhance the technological processes and material innovations occurring in the industry. In tandem with SMDI's ability to leverage the accomplishments and engineering contacts of our automotive and construction programs, members are able to access a valuable resource base.
Long Products Market Development Group Investors
Toyota built the Tundra with a forged steel crankshaft and the biggest front brakes in its class. To find out more information, visit http://www.toyota.com/tundra
11/1/2010 - A tool that provides engineers with component fatigue life predictions, allowing them to optimize critical powertrain and chassis component designs.
11/26/2009 - The University of Toledo Executive Summary outlines its test results of the fatigue performance of forged steel vs. ductile cast iron crankshafts.
4/9/2009 - A tool for automotive engineers to generate calculations on the machining productivity of various carbon and alloy steels in carbide tooling applications.
7/24/2012 - Building on the success of its Bar Steel Fatigue Database, SMDI unveiled a new online tool on the latest fatigue innovations and information.
4/6/2011 - An updated version of the Bar Steel Products Manual offers cost and time savings to steel manufacturers and customers.
4/5/2011 - Surface finish research results help engineers design forged steel parts that are lightweight and cost efficient.