Just a few weeks to go before Pittsburg hosts one of North America’s largest events dedicated to metal in design and construction: METALCON. Show organizers boast that this event offers three days of exhibits, education programs and valuable networking opportunities and is highly regarded as the industry’s leading tradeshow for those involved in the metal construction industry. Thousands are expected to attend.
The show press release states that “METALCON’s commitment to the industry goes far beyond the exhibit floor. The Total Experience includes 275 leading companies exhibiting the latest products and technology together with education and training sessions…. Industry experts will share their knowledge with designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries…”
New to the METALCON show floor this year is the latest in construction technology — CONTECH , an interactive and innovative hub located on the show floor. A variety of companies will demonstrate cutting-edge products and present some of the hottest trends in construction technology, some of which include: 3D Visualization & Modeling, Wireless Sensors, Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality and Drones.
We’ll be in Booth 1448 demonstrating the latest in handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technologies, which are used to help meet complex analytical challenges. In the metals industry, manufacturing professionals require top confidence in alloy material ID/chemistry and coating thickness determination.
As we’ve mentioned in previous articles, verification and Positive Material Identification (PMI) of metal alloys has never been more important for product reliability and safety. There are several examples of the need for verification throughout the manufacturing process. If metal fasteners used in critical applications, such as in the manufacturing of aerospace components, are not made with the precise alloy required, they cannot support the weight and stresses they are designed to bear. In the automotive industry, even slight variations in alloy grade compositions can render the parts defective. From metal production to service centers and distributors, and component fabrication to final product assembly, the potential for material mix-ups is very real, and the need for traceability is now a priority.
Handheld XRF and LIBS analyzers are essential in verifying metal alloys for manufacturing quality assurance. These handheld analyzers provide superior detection limits and rapid results to help ensure confident decision-making directly on the manufacturing line. Talk to our experts about how to combat the rise of incorrect alloy grades being delivered, and inaccurate material test reports (MTRs), due to the growing globalized trade of metals.
Speaking of scrap metal, here’s a fun fact: almost ten percent of the Convention Center building materials are comprised of post-consumer recycled content.
If you’re looking to get away from the metal and are in search of a good meal, Restaurant Hospitality named Pittsburgh the Food City of the Year for 2019. The Pittsburgh visitor’s site says that you’ll find everything from James Beard-nominated chefs and restaurants to the inventive Smallman Galley, where you’ll enjoy delectable bites from aspiring chefs. Choose from casual family spots, upscale eateries, late-night bites or convenient take-out.
We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it to the show, keep up to date by following the show happenings on Twitter using #METALCON19.
October 16-18, 2019
David L. Lawrence Convention Center