SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE OUTAGES
Every manufacturing company schedules time for annual maintenance shutdowns. Many organizations call these an “outage,” to make required repairs and take preventative action to avoid emergency equipment failures.
This statement was brought to mind two days ago, after seeing the recent television broadcast of the USS Constitution shooting off her cannons, for the recent 4th of July celebration.
In 2015, on a trip to Boston, MA, ‘Old Ironsides’ was in dry dock for repairs. The 3-masted, USS Constitution frigate is the US Navy’s oldest commissioned ship. Docked at Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard, it has been restored to its original glory.
Construction began in 1794, and the ship launched 3 -years later on October 21, 1797. It served in engagements with the pirates off the Barbary Coast in the Mediterranean.
The greatest glory for Constitution came during the War of 1812. Constitution’s crew defeated four British frigates during three separate engagements. In battle, the Constitution earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” because it appeared as if enemy cannonballs could not penetrate the ship’s strong hull, made from sturdy live oak.
While the live oak worked well against cannonballs in the 1800’s, it wouldn’t hold up to the modern weapons of today.
Materials Used For War Continually Improve Over Time
Interestingly, the same Pennsylvania steel mill where JADCO QT-Plus ® is made also produces steel armor plate for military vehicles.
To make QT-Plus ® resistant to impact and abrasion, you must use the proper quantities of Nickel and Chrome alloys. These same elements are also used when making bullet resisting armor plate.
Modern Steel Making Continually Improves Performance
First developed in 1980, JADCO QT-Plus ® wear resistant steel was recently updated for even greater wear resistance and longer life.
QT-PLUS ® has become the industry standard for through hardened wear resistant steel plate. We undergo exhaustive testing before introducing an improved version; to make certain you receive the best performance available. We evaluated many different variations of steel chemistry before confirming this is the hardest, most impact and abrasion wear resistant version of QT-PLUS ® to date. Being able to create wear resistant steel having the same hardness through the entire thickness of the steel, demands you must accurately control the alloying chemistry with precise heat treating.
Our attention to detail, the detail required at the steel mill, is available to anyone that chooses to purchase our products.
Doesn’t Every Steel Company Make Their Wear Plate Last As Long As QT-PLUS ®?
The quick answer is NO. Most wear plate distributors choose to reduce the proper quantities and percentages of these essential alloying elements to get a lower selling price.
For over the last 40+ years JADCO has focused exclusively on delivering consistent, longer equipment life for our customers.
Now you understand why we are able to deliver better results to our customers. We think differently by strictly focusing to improve your current results. Allow us to help you today by calling 724.452.5252, or email email@example.com.
We will schedule a meeting with one of our local wear plate specialists at a time that best fits your schedule. Remember, the only thing you have to lose by not working with JADCO, are your profits.