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New Year, New Tool! TimkenSteel Launches Practical Data for Metallurgists Cloud-based App

TimkenSteel's Practical Data for Metallurgists guide has gone mobile!

Our Practical Data for Metallurgists guide has served as an industry standard since its introduction in 1953. And now, we’ve created an easy way to get information you need from the guide, in the palm of your hand, from your mobile device.

Our new web-based application offers a user-friendly experience that makes referencing the guide quick, convenient and easy.

“We know the Practical Data Guide gets a lot of use in the field, and we wanted to make accessing it really convenient for our customers and other partners,” said Ray Fryan, vice president of quality and technology. “This new app technology allows a user to pull up the guide and navigate to any section faster than you could ever flip through a printed book. It’s just another way to bring the knowledge and expertise that’s in this 18th edition of the guide, literally to the hands of every audience.”

Downloading the app involves only a few simple steps, either for Apple or Android users. Click here to watch an instructional video or:

  • For iPhone users: Open the Safari browser on your phone. Tap the double square icon to make sure private browsing is disabled. Now, type the URL into the browser bar—www.timkensteelpd.com. When the mobile channel loads on your screen, tap the plus icon. Then, tap the “add” in the top right corner. An icon will appear on your home screen. See instruction graphic

  • For Android users: Begin by opening Chrome. Type the URL www.timkensteelpd.com into the browser bar, and when the mobile channel loads, tap the “more” icon, which looks like three stacked dots in the upper right corner. Then tap “Add to Home Screen” or “Install Web App” followed by tapping “ADD.” The icon will appear on your home screen. See instruction graphic

  • For laptop/desktop access: Type the URL www.timkensteelpd.com.

The cloud-based app takes up no space on your phone. Updates are automatic and happen in real-time, so the most current information is always at your fingertips.

The app features:

  • A calculations tab, where you’ll find an interactive theoretical foot weight calculator. Enter data into the calculator such as the diameter or wall thickness to find the approximate weight per foot of steel bars and tubes;
  • A listing of standard steels from the guide including their chemical compositions, hardening abilities and tolerances;
  • Other tabs from the guide including Steel Chemistries, Steel Properties, Tubing, Bar and Miscellaneous Information;
  • A Glossary tab if you need an additional reference with a listing of terms and definitions; and
  • A Contact Us tab with phone numbers for our facilities and email buttons for key contacts if you have any further questions about something in the guide.

We welcome feedback on the app, so be sure to click on the Feedback tab to submit comments and ideas for enhancement.