Why switch to Apollo Chaukhat?

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Why switch to Apollo Chaukhat?

Traditionally, wood was used for window and door frames in India. They have been in use for a long period of time but they have their fair share of problems. Wood is an expensive material and carving frames out of it is an even more expensive procedure. Moreover, owing to the material, the finished products are not always fully customized and leave gaps when installed. This leads to the house being prone to germs and dust – thus creating an unhealthy environment. It also takes a longer time to install wooden frames as they are open frames and are also difficult to integrate into design while renovating homes. Moreover, these frames are inflammable and prone to termites. Being made of wood, the frames are also susceptible to weather changes that can easily damage the product. These led to quick degeneration and frequent breakdowns of wooden frames, thus proving to be a not-so-economical option.

This led to the need for an improved and durable product that would ease the process while being durable. A product that would last longer and be stronger than the existing option. Our quest for innovation and enhancing customer experience made us look into the dearth of such a product and work on a solution for the same. We imported the best technology from Italy and used it to make India’s first steel closed door and window frames. We made this with Direct Forming Technology or DFT which added many features to the finished product. In a short span of time, it has become a preferred choice over wood for various reasons like:

  • Made of superior quality steel, Apollo Chaukhat promises great strength and longer durability.
  • Made of steel, our frames are resistant to fire and other such disasters.
  • They are also immune to termites, thus elongating durability.
  • Being customizable, these steel frames can be easily installed anywhere without additional need for renovation.
  • The installation is an easy two-step process that makes it much faster than before.
  • Our steel frames are also much more economical – they are cost-efficient and last longer; thus decreasing initial and maintenance cost.
  • These are eco-friendly products and help you save the environment by reducing the felling of trees.
  • Due to the material, our frames are also resistant to weather and do not expand or shrink under extreme temperatures. They are also resistant to water and moisture.
  • Customization ensures zero gaps thus leaving no space for germs or dust to enter the home.
  • Our frames are available in an array of sizes to meet every requirement.
  • These frames are also available in sleek designs, thus helping you choose strong frames without compromising on the aesthetics.

Thus switching to Apollo Chaukhat can help you save the environment while increasing the durability of your own home. Have you made the right choice yet?

How does DFT differ from the other steel making processes?

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How does DFT differ from the other steel making processes?

Steel is an integral part of the construction industry and is the most widely used and most recycled material. Steel is available in various forms – from stainless and high-temperature steel to flat carbon products. Steel is one of the most innovative materials in the world. The steel industry’s step to achieve 100% efficiency has led to constructive discussions and advancement in technology. DFT is the latest technology in the steel industry which helps in manufacturing universal hollow steel pipes. It allows the buyers to customize their steel pipe according to the design. APL Apollo was the one to introduce DFT in India. Let us look at some of the other processes to understand the importance and necessity of DFT.

MIDREX:

It is a steel making and iron making process that helps in the production of Direct Reduced Iron. It is a gas-based shaft furnace process that helps in solid-state reduction process which reduces iron ore pellets in Direct Reduced Iron (DRI). The capacity of production has increased to 1.8 million tons per year in 2007.

The MIDREX process is effective because of

  1. Continual refinement of the process which includes increases heat recovery,
  2. Larger capacity shaft furnaces and
  3. Hot briquetting.
Electric Arc Furnace:

An Electric Arc Furnace is an extremely hot enclosed space in which heat is produced by means of electrical arcing. The electric arc is produced between the electrodes. This process is used for melting the metals. It is used to produce mini steel structural bars and steel rods. There are two types of Electrical Arc Furnaces – they are alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) operated the electric furnace.

COREX:

It is a smelting reduction process which combines a melter gasifier with a reduction shaft. The main inputs for this process are lump iron ore, non-coking coal, and oxygen. It helps in cost-efficient and environment-friendly COREX, production of hot metal. It is accepted as a commercially proven technology by fulfilling more stringent ecological regulations, utilization of low cost, highly available low-grade raw material.

Direct Forming Technology:

This technology has brought a revolutionary change in the steel pipe production industry. This helps in producing universal hollow shapes of pipe to fit customer requirements. It is an innovative route to pipe production. Compared to other traditional steelmaking processes it is completely automatic and computerized. Set-up operation of DFT is accurate and fast as compared to others. It enables buyers to get pipes according to the size they want, without compromising on the quality. This method gives an undisputed advantage in terms of production capability, cost reduction and flexibility. These square and rectangular hollow sections are lesser in weight and superior in strength as compared to other methods of steel tube manufacturing. DFT gives an advantage of on-time delivery of high-quality material.

Thus, switching to DFT has proven to be sustainable and cost-efficient that will ultimately fuel the growth of the industry.

Latest Trends in the Steel Industry

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Latest Trends in the Steel Industry

Steel is the most commonly used metal in the world as it plays a crucial role in the development of a sustainable society. It is the most common building material as steel can be recycled without a loss of strength. The steel industry has evolved over time, especially in India.

In the early years, under the Industrial Policy Resolution of 1956, the iron and steel industry were reserved under the public sector but due to a shortage of steel production and increased demand, government liberalized the steel industry in 1980. India has now emerged as one of the significant steel producers in the world. India is the 8th largest producer of crude steel in the world and seventh largest steel producer in the world.

In the late 18th century, the invention of the steam engine enabled mass production of iron. Though it required an external heat source and its productivity was relatively low, it permitted a wide range of iron resources and easy control of temperature.

After this, the basic oxygen steelmaking process emerged in the steel industry. This, along with continuous casting processes developed in the 1950s, came to be considered the most innovative technologies in the history of the steel industry. It had many advantages of cost competitiveness, high productivity and the ability to produce a wide range of high-quality steel. But soon global research institutes found out several disadvantages of these processes, including generation of a large number of environment pollutants.

With the advancement of the world, a system equally developed was needed to match the requirements. To keep up with the pace of development, we needed a manufacturing process that could produce steel equipment at an equivalent pace. This is where DFT came into the scenario. APL Apollo was the first company to import the technology and introduce it in India and till date, we remain the sole manufacturing company that uses this technology.

DFT is used to make hollow sections of superior quality and finish. This technology can form rectangular and square hollow sections of different sizes and thickness directly, Thus reducing the huge cost and providing better productivity at both – customer and company – levels. It also helps in customizing orders and makes any size between 26 mm X 13 mm – 400 mm X 200 mm in rectangular hollow sections and 12 mm X 12 mm – 300 mm X 300 mm in square hollow sections. In addition to being durable, stylish and cost-effective, steel produced using DFT is also eco-friendly.

Thus the ever-evolving industry is truly at a stage where its products can be adapted into various spheres of our lives and this has been made possible with the advancement of technology and latest trends that have been embraced by the industry.

How Innovation is Changing the World Around Us?

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How Innovation is Changing the World Around Us?

“Innovation is the only way to win.” – Steve Jobs

In a constantly changing world, it is essential that we move forward in every aspect. Turnaround time for most things has drastically reduced and there has been a noticeable shift in designs, materials, durability etc. Growing concern for the conservation of resources has been one of the factors that has changed the way things were done in the past. At every step, the world is evolving and innovations are being embraced to fit into this ever-changing world. With every passing day, the needs evolve and one must keep innovating to keep up with the demands. The world today, needs enhanced structures and materials that are stronger, more aesthetic, more durable, technology-driven and something that doesn’t harm the environment.

As civilization came into existence, we were primarily dependent on natural resources for all our needs. Even with the advancement in our methods, we relied heavily on animal power and non-renewable sources for most of our work. Gradually with the growth in population and need for advanced systems, we switched to methods that were more efficient than the previous ones. While this sustained us for a long time, the ever-evolving world and the growing population again gave rise to a need for more innovation that would make our lives easier while conserving the environment.

Today, we are at a point, where innovation is needed more than ever. We are a nation, developing by leaps and bounds. From housing to machinery – every industry needs things at an instant. Like every developing nation, we too need infrastructure to support the growth and true development is when a nation develops across industries. To cater to the needs of so many industries, it was essential to develop a system that produced cost and time effective materials. These also need to be versatile so as to reduce manual efforts. At this juncture, the introduction of innovation in technology becomes more important than ever.

As a part of this developing nation, it was also our duty to introduce innovation that would accelerate the growth. This has led us to adapting innovative methods of production like DFT i.e. Direct Forming Technology, which saves materials and is more cost and time effective. This also allows customization, thus taking away the need for production of different raw material at different places. Today, our products are used in bridges, staircases, atriums, airports, stadiums, shopping malls etc. Innovation is building a world where your products can cater to multiple industries simultaneously. Along with producing steel tubes and pipes at a fast pace, we are also reducing the usage of wood in various industries. We achieved this by providing alternate products that are durable and eco-friendly. Today, we take pride in developing the nation in an innovating way along with creating a sustainable future.