The Research area and Ternium University's Industrial School pursue a training area through virtual seminars. Topics such as metallurgic reliability and product safety are part of the agenda.
Technologists and interns developed more than 25 virtual symposiums from the Research area and professionals of the Products area. Researchers from other technological centers are also invited and have submitted topics with industrial applications in our plants. On every occasion, participated more than 100 people from Ternium's Management Areas.
In a world headed towards virtualization in learning and working, demands are modified and incremented. As Roberto Bruna, R&D Senior Manager, and coordinator of the reliability program, explains: "One of the main drives of these symposiums is the market. It engages us in need to anticipate faults along the whole production chain to obtain more sturdy designs that guarantee full reliability in the final product."
Alejandra Sanchez, Analyst at Ternium University, tells us: "We support the metallurgic reliability program of products with the design of a two-stage training: the first one consists in the development of explanatory e-learnings about the program's basics and the second one in a series of webinars given by specialists. It's about sharing knowledge among professionals from different areas so that the product's reliability impacts positively, starting at its foundation. It is also about training them and focusing on the organization's future so that in situ verification can be avoided", she emphasizes.
Training is a click away
Ternium University's virtual platform was the most appropriate space to support the dissemination of programs developed by Ternium to guarantee the reliability and safety of the products. Ternium University takes care of the coordination of the presentations and the call to participants, who always ask their questions.
Ernesto Di Libero, Product Manager in charge of developing one of the core areas of the reliability program, the one dealing with adherence and corrosion in Coatings, offered presentations about Zn-Al-Mg coatings and Adherence mechanisms. "I believe that the idea of these symposiums is to let everyone reach a synthesis of the knowledge we obtain from our research activities. So that a person who works with Steel Mills or Hot Rollers can gain inside knowledge about subjects related to the next steps in the metallurgical process", Ernesto explained. Ernesto and other speakers clarified that questions are answered live and that if there is not enough time, they are resolved by mail.
Felix Perez Meza, Global Steel Supply Engineering Manager - Area Coordinator of the Internal and Superficial Health of semi-manufactured products - highlighted: "These symposiums offer us a place to show what we are working on. It also allows us to balance our knowledge in areas related with semi-manufactured products at Ternium." Felix discussed the development of the Internal Health area at Ternium. "It allows us to understand our current situation regarding flaws and technological investment needs for a certain range of products that have higher requirements. "Once the reveal happened, we defined, along with the process areas, parameters that will ensure the best conditions so that our products are reliable from their beginnings and do not fail in the market," pointed Felix.
Rafael Mercado, R&D Senior manager, Tenacity and Fracture area coordinator, highlighted the importance of recreating at a lab the flaws that could potentially happen on the field in representative service conditions. This is now possible at the new facilities of the Innovation and Development Center in Pesqueria. "In this way, we evaluate the behavior of our products when fracturing and correlate them with their microstructure to achieve best practices in design and manufacture," said Rafael Mercado.