A Survey of the Steel Industry

Steel is a major part of most people’s everyday lives in the United States. Perhaps the name most often associated with steel is Andrew Carnegie for those who live in the “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. And if you are anywhere near Pittsburgh, Steeler football is not far away.

Andrew Carnegie was obsessed with technological innovation and efficiency. One of the most significant innovations he adopted was the Bessemer process, a process that allowed steel to be mass produced. It was this Bessemer process that propelled steel production from the small scale to enormous proportions and allowed Carnegie and many others to capitalize on the improved technology.

During the 1920’s, Pittsburgh produced 1/3 of the nations steel.  At this time, Pittsburgh was the steel capital of the world.  The steel technology from Carnegie’s time has now been replaced by the modern steel industry which includes equipment supplied by Power Conversion Technologies.

With a similar obsession with innovation, PCTI, headquartered just north of Pittsburgh, provides equipment to the steel industry. PCTI provides the modern technology for specialty steel making including large DC power supplies to power steel furnaces. Some of the applications PCTI addresses are used to make steel used on aircraft. Commercial and military aircraft require a very highly regulated precision grade steel and as a part of Pittsburgh’s rich steel history, PCTI is no stranger to high quality and integrity.

Despite the globalization and deindustrialization of the latter part of the 20th Century, the steel industry is making a resurgence in part as a result of technological advances, automation, and rising global wages. PCTI is proud to play a part in powering the modern steel industry, and continuing to facilitate the improvement of the industry that was so influential in shaping our city.

About PCTI

PCTI designs and manufactures leading edge power electronic equipment in the highest power ranges. PCTI’s engineering staff has in-depth knowledge in the key areas of power conversion such as power semiconductor analysis and application, thermal exchange, magnetic design, packaging, DSP (digital signal processor) control for inverters, frequency converters, DC power supplies, battery chargers and dischargers. PCTI is a certified DBE woman-owned business. Contact us for more information on our products, applications assistance, or pricing.