Applications Engineering provides innovative steel solutions to customer initiatives through collaboration with materials engineering, new model and manufacturing quality and stamping groups. Customers across all AK Steel markets (Carbon, Stainless, and Electrical) benefit from AK Steel’s Applications Engineering knowledge and expertise. Examples include:
- New model/product part trial technical support from prototype to production launch
- Improved performance and efficiency of automotive exhaust materials
- New attractive and unique steel finishes for the appliance and construction industry
- Material selection and substitution for improved quality, productivity, and cost initiatives
We work directly with the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to combine the right steel alloys with the right vehicle components to achieve optimum performance and cost.
Advanced Engineering engages our customers early in their design cycle to identify opportunities for the new generations of Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS). By considering structural performance as well as component manufacturability, our dedicated team can help our customers select the AHSS products that best fit their needs. We utilize that latest suite of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software to complete finite element analysis to help our customers make material selections with confidence.
The Product Development group brings new product ideas to fruition applying the expertise of our skilled team members and using our state of the art labs. Our Research and Innovation Center provides the technical capabilities and creative space for cross functional teams of product metallurgists, process engineers, applications engineers, and quality representatives to develop, test, and implement the newest steel products to exceed customer needs and requirements. Our Product Development group transforms new materials and product innovations from ideation to production.