High quality in an earthquake and typhoon area
The safety of Filipino lives is paramount. The Philippines is in the world’s busiest typhoon belt, and it is also in the Pacific Ring of Fire. In 1991 the Philippine Bureau of Product Standards imposed a mandatory standard on rebar, so that as a building material, it would have the necessary strength and other physical characteristics needed for structural integrity as well as withstand the unusual stresses of natural phenomenon. The standard is called the PNS49 (Philippine National Standard), and all companies and individuals that manufacture, import, sell, distribute and use rebar must adhere to its conventions. The standard itself follows ISO 9001 and includes the inclusion of rebar with special characteristics and are more commonly as seismic rebar or earthquake-proof rebar.
Public safety is SteelAsia’s first priority. To be able to consistently produce to this stringent standard, SteelAsia installs the most modern technological advancements into its manufacturing lines. Precision automation and equipment ensure that SteelAsia has the capability to produce to standard at all times. These technologies along with its quality processes that are conscientiously adhered to by SteelAsia personnel have earned the company certifications to ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 17025 (Quality Testing Laboratory), and UK Cares (British Standard Conformity).
Lowest cost rebar
SteelAsia aims to be part of the solution. From the broader concept of country development to the case of the humble worker building a lifetime house that will be passed down to next generations, the cost of construction is often a prohibitive factor. Rebar is one of the highest cost components of civil works, and the cost of making a rebar is largely about technology.
A developing country such as the Philippines, needs the support of a resilient domestic steel industry and one that can support construction with the lowest costs. Modern rebar manufacturing technology is naturally more expensive but a necessity to be able achieve lowest costs in the long term.
Lowering manufacturing costs requires world-class efficiencies that are the focus of innovative steel manufacturing technologies. Furnace design, rolling train design, motors and automation are key to:
- Minimizing waste-product (increasing yield)
- Minimizing downtime (increasing productive hours)
- Maximizing speed (decreasing cycle time)
- Minimizing energy use (decreasing power and fuel consumption)
- Minimizing parts consumption (increasing usable life of equipment parts)
- Economies of scale (increasing manufacturing output to cover overhead cost)
Environmental, health and safety management
SteelAsia is the first and only company in the Philippine steel industry to be certified to ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems), and the first and only as well to certified to OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management).
Embedded into every steel bar that SteelAsia delivers are the technological investments that reduce the environmental impacts, protect the health and safety of the public and employees of SteelAsia.
- SteelAsia mills have zero-wastewater. 100% of the water exiting the operations line are not drained as effluent but rather channeled into a dedicated waste-water treatment facility on the premises, and cycled back into operations.
- SteelAsia has been on the cutting edge of resource-usage minimization. It has implemented rainwater-collection, from the roofs of its buildings and roads at its plant site. Rainwater is increasingly the main source of water for SteelAsia, as in its Davao plant operations which operates while recycling 80 cu. meters of rainwater every hour.
- Air-oil lubrication is a new technology that SteelAsia has implemented. Lubrication is in a closed system, rather than an external application of lubrication that latter of which may result in ground contamination from used oil.
- SteelAsia uses automated furnaces. Through sensors and automation the optimum fuel-air mixed is achieved, minimizing particulate emissions. This also ensures optimum burning saving fuel by up to 30% compared to zero-automated furnaces.
- Hot-charging technology reduces fuel consumption further by another 35% in SteelAsia’s mini-mill.
- Furnace stacks are up to 50 meters high ensuring that with air dispersion, emissions stay well below the allowable limits at ground level.
- The pioneering use of AC motors driven by individual Process Logic Controls saves on power consumption by more than to 25% and significantly reduces noise levels.
- In-line rolling stands increase the safety of the mill compared to accident prone cross-country configurations.
SteelAsia uses heat recuperators to recycle energy and save on fuel.