The range has been extended with three new grades, Amstrong® Ultra 700MCL, 900MCL and 960MCL. This means more opportunities for the customers to develop innovative cranes which reach further and lift heavier load, concrete pumps which larger range, lighter and less fuel consuming trucks’ chassis and trailers. The new grades benefit from guaranteed mechanical properties including toughness in both the rolling and the transverse directions, good surface characteristics, flatness, bendability, weldability and exceptional durability.
As Geert Van Heirseele, Amstrong® product manager, points out, “The new Amstrong Ultra 700MCL is particularly suitable in fatigue exposed, multidirectional highly loaded applications as those of truck mounted cranes”.
One of the most outstanding features of the Amstrong® range is its dimensional feasibility, with steel grades available in widths up to 2000 mm and even more, an additional opportunity to reduce costs in terms of stock optimization, productivity of the cutting line and reduction of the number of welds.
Since January 2018, an Amstrong® cost reduction calculator is available to make it easier for the customer to choose which product for which application.
On top of this, ArcelorMittal Global R&D has created in 2017 a unique fatigue testing methodology to help customers choose the most suitable high strength steel grade and component processing for their application. The new testing methodology saves crane manufacturers time and money as it reproduces the same loading conditions as fatigue testing which is normally performed with full-size prototypes.
Geert Van Heirseele concludes, “with more than 400 production sites, service centres and sales agencies in Europe, customers have an easy access to the Amstrong® range and associated services wherever they are located.”