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.
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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
9/6/2013 - The study defines engine performance and weight improvements that are possible when an engine is designed with steel components while at a lower cost.
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.
7/8/2015 - SMDI's David Anderson shares his thoughts on the benefits and use of advanced high-strength steel for vehicle lightweighting.
5/19/2015 - Anderson to help attendees generate insight on the automotive steel bar and rod products industry.
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.