You have to give the pope one gift… what would it be?

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has gifted Pope Francis a model of a solar powered drone. The idea behind the ‘Aquila drone’ is that it will have the capability to beam connectivity to remote places, without the use of the internet.

“Together they spoke about how to use communications technology to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and to communicate a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged,” said Vatican press office director Greg Burke in a statement.

The drone is designed to be completely dependent on solar power and is expected to be able to fly between 60’000 and 90’000 feet in the air. The end goal is for the drone to be able to stay in the air for as long as 90 days and to enable broadband connections for up to a 60-mile radius on the ground. This is not your average size drone though; the frame weighs just less than 1’000 pounds and has a wing expansion that exceeds that of a Boeing 737 airplane.
Renewable energy is the way forward and it’s relieving to see one of the world’s most influential figures embracing and encouraging the change.

50 Shades of Stainless Steel (304) – #1

The basis of this selection is based on information found on different internet websites including the one from the British Stainless Steel Association.

Not surprisingly, the first grade is 304 (1.4301) and its variants are the most common grades in the SSAS database. This reflects the market as a whole.

Approximate Composition – 18% Cr 8% Ni (exact composition ranges vary between EN and ASTM standards).

This grade combines the following characteristics:

  • Good corrosion resistance
  • Good weldability
  • Excellent ductility giving stretch formability in pressings
  • Hygienic surfaces
  • Work hardening for spring properties
  • Ease of manufacture at the steel mill

This combination of properties leads to the grade being used for a wide range of applications including:

Sinks, pots and pans, catering surfaces, architectural cladding, handrails, food processing, water treatment, pressure vessels, transport containers, surgical instruments, building support products, refrigeration equipment, watch cases, automotive trim, street furniture, anaerobic digestion, chemical plant, sanitary ware.

This is merely a sample of the applications for 304/304L (1.4301/1.4307). Despite the competition from grades with a similar corrosion resistance, this grade is likely to continue to form the backbone of the stainless steel market for some years to come.

Sample applications:

Figure 1: Stainless Steel Sink (Picture from bssa.org.uk)
Figure 2: Food & Drink Processing (Picture from bssa.org.uk)

Because this is one of the most well known stainless steel grades you will find a lot of products from Shanghai Metal Corporation existing out of this material. For example we offer various Strips / Tapes / Bands and much more using 304 materials.

You can visit the company’s website , contact us and follow us on twitter and facebook for more information and news on metal

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Facebook – líder na zemi aj na oblohe

Keď sa niekde stratíme, nájdeme cestu v aplikácii “mapy” na našom smartphone. Keď sa chceme dozvedieť zaujímavosti o mieste, na ktorom sa nachádzame počas cestovania, vyhľadáme si to na internete. Keď sa sfotíme s priateľmi, chceme sa o to podeliť. Kde? Pravdepodobne na Facebook-u. A práve Facebook je ten, čo chce celosvetovo rozšíriť internet, aj na miesta, kde teraz k nemu nemajú prístup.

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Mark Zuckerberg

 V súčasnosti má iba jedna tretina svetovej populácie prístup na internet a Facebook v tom vidí príležitosť. So svojím zakladateľom Markom Zuckerbergom práve pracuje na vývoji bezpilotného lietadla tzv. dronu, ktoré dokáže vyletieť do výsky nad 12 km a bude schopné podporiť internetový prístup na celom svete. Zakladateľ tejto sociálnej siete dúfa, že jeho projekt Internet.org zabezpečí internetový prístup do ostatných dvoch tretín sveta.

Spoločnosť diskutuje použitie bezpilotných lietadiel, ktoré by neustále krúžili na oblohe. Tieto lietadlá by boli veľkosťou ako komerčné lietadlo a mali by vyletieť ponad vzdušný priestor, kde nelieta žiadne lietadlo, do výšky 60 000 až 90 000 stôp (jednotka dĺžky, spravidla okolo 0,3 m). Lietadlá musia byť na solárny pohon, aby mohli nepretržite letieť bez čerpania paliva.

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A drone

Pravdaže ako pri každom projekte, ani tento sa nevyhol problémom. V jednom drone zvyčajne sedí 1 osoba, ktorá to riadi.  “Nemôžeme mať 1 osobu na 1 dron, ak chceme prísť na to, ako prepojiť celý svet.” hovorí Yael Maguire, vedúci inžinier vo Facebook Collectivity Lab. Ďalším problémom je, že vzdušný priestor nad 60 000 stôp nie je zatiaľ vôbec regulovaný a kontrolovaný. Napriek všetkému však chce Facebook poslať 1 dron na testovací let, pravdepodobne v roku 2015 a v americkom vzdušnom priestore.

Ak sa chcete dozvedieť viac o aero priemysle v spoločnosti Shanghai Metal Corporation, choďte na naše webové stránky alebo nám pošli požiadavku tu. Náš anglicky hovoriaci personál vám s radosťou odpovie na prípadné otázky. Takisto nás môžete nasledovať na Facebook, Twitter, LindkedIn, Instagram alebo si môžete stiahnuť najnovšiu aplikáciu oskenovaním QR kódu.

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Facebook may provide the worldwide internet!

When we get lost, we check maps on our smartphone. When we want to know about the place while traveling, we check it on the internet. When we take photos, we want to share it. Where? Most likely on Facebook. And Facebook is the one who plans to extend the internet to communities worldwide.

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Mark Zuckerberg

 Only a third of the globe can currently access the web and Facebook sees an opportunity here. Facebook with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now developing solar power drones which can fly 12 miles high and are capable of boosting worldwide internet access. The social network’s founder is hoping that his project Internet.org will provide internet access to the other two-thirds.

The company has been discussing using drones, or planes as they prefer to call them. They want them to circle constantly in the sky. Planes would be about the size of a commercial aircraft. Those planes have to fly above all airspace, that is between 60,000 and 90, 000 feet where no plane flies. The planes also have  to be solar powered so they can fly continuously without refueling.

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A drone

There are some regulatory issues and problems connected to this project. There is normally one person to manage a single drone. “We can’t have one person per plane if we want to figure out how to connect the world.” says Yael Maguire, an engineering director at Facebook’s Connectivity Lab. The second issue is that the airspace above 60,000 feet is not currently regulated at all. The team aims to send at least one drone for a test flight, hopefully in 2015 in U.S. airspace.

Find out about aero industry in Shanghai Metal Corporation on our website or send us inquiry. Our English speaking staff will gladly answer all your questions. You could also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LindkedIn,  or Instagram. Download our new application by scanning QR code below.

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Social Media Campaign Shames Airline Passengers

A new social media campaign on Instagram and Facebook allows passengers to shame others for their inconsiderate traveller etiquette. It’s common courtesy not to put your feet up on the back of someone’s seat, take your shirt off or clip your fingernails while on an aircraft. But it seems these annoying travelers haven’t yet got the memo. Take a look to discover the worst offenders.

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Have you ever experienced something like this? Share with us in the comments! Shanghai Metal manufactures the stainless steel used in airplane production, preferably more classy ones. As an ISO 14001 (International Quality Management System) Company and recipient of the “Star Enterprise Award,” Shanghai Metal Corporation prides itself on exceeding international standards of quality and reliability. We guarantee the best prices, quality support, and fast delivery.  To find out more, please visit our Website or send your inquiry here. Our English speaking personnel will be more than pleased to help you. Follow us on  LinkedInTwitter, FacebookInstagram and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

Sources: Today, Daily Mail

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Money Is So Over: Pay With Tweets

Hub of a number of astonishing fashion and high-tech trends such as CityCharger, New York City has once more set a new thing: the pop-up tweet shop. At the Marc Jacobs Tweet shop in SoHo at 462 West Broadway customers could pay in tweets at the check-out counter. The shop in NYC was the first one to successfully create a social buzz around fashionistas and media-savvy shoppers, followed by a Convent Garden pop-up shop in London last month.

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Put up to last a couple of days the lounge-inspired pop-up shop features apart from a lounge area, photo booth, vine booth, food, drinks, free Wi-Fi, and nail bar, all accompanied by the skills of DJ Jilly Hendrix. Goodies such as mini-fragrances, clothing and accessories could be purchased and paid in form of tweets, Facebook or Instagram posts followed by the hashtag #MJDaisyChain. To enhance the social campaign MJ store is also giving handbags as rewards to best Instagram photos.

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This is not the only social marketing campaign to use exquisite forms of currency in exchange for goods. McDonald’s Stockholm has also set a new trend by accepting recycled cans as payment for burgers. Linked to a more “proud” cause, McDonald’s social campaign can be said to have a deeper purpose behind it unlike MJ pop-up stores that mainly aim at creating a social buzz among their consumers and admirers.

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Shanghai Metal Corporation, a specialist manufacturer and trader of metal products, doesn’t accept social currency for the moment. But you can find us on WordPress, LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook  and Instagram. To find out more, please visit our Website, Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code. Moreover, we sell directly from Alibaba , EC21Tradekey or directly at sales@shanghaimetal.com.

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Sources and pictures: fashionista.com, timeout.com, psfk.com, graphiquefantastique.com, simplyq.com, mdgadvertising.com, mdgadvertising.com, luxury-insider.com

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Get Your Own DeLorean Time Machine

Marty: “Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Doc, uh… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?”

Doc: “Yes, the way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style? Besides, the stainless steel construction makes the flux dispersal – Look Out!!!”

— Back To The Future Quote: Doc and Marty during the first test

Built over the course of nearly thirty years and using his entire family fortune in order to fulfill his vision of the “Flux Capacitor”, Doc Brown selected the DeLorean DMC-12 as his vehicle of choice for traveling through time.

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Thanks to the stainless steel construction of the DeLorean, flux dispersal is generated at an optimum level from the Flux Capacitor, providing the entire vehicle and its passengers a smooth passage through the space-time continuum during temporal displacement. Designed by Italian automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, and engineered by Lotus Cars of England, the DMC-12 consisted of stainless steel body panels, a rear-mounted 2.85 litre V-6 PRV (Peugeot, Renault, Volvo) engine, and stylish gullwing doors, which only require 14-inches (35.5cm) of side clearance to open.

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Although the business went bust before its infamy in the movie franchise, there are still 6,000 in use due to the fame. People are spending thousands of dollars to have DeLoreans outfitted to resemble the one that starred in the 1985 movie “Back to the Future.” Some replicas have been ordered for movie cameos, corporate appearances and even as the ride for a newlywed couple.

To get your own, contact DeLorean Motor Co. of Huntington Beach. Additionally, Shanghai Metal Corporation is the manufacturer of stainless steel for car parts. To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

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Sources: Daily Mail, Back To The Future Official Fan Site

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LEGO Lands On British Shores

Have you ever stepped on a LEGO piece? How about 4.8 million of them?

In 1997 a shipping container filled with 4.8 million Lego pieces fell from a cargo ship off the coast of Cornwall in southern England. The BBC reports that pieces are still floating to shore 17 years later. The Tokio Express captain described the wave that hit the ship as a “once in a 100-year phenomenon.” The ship tilted 60 degrees one way, then 40 degrees back, sending more than 60 containers into the water.

Tracey Williams has started a Facebook page to track the Lego pieces that continue to wash ashore to this day. Take a look at some of what has washed up:

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It is one of 353,264 plastic daisies dropped into the sea.

lego2Chris Koch, the president of the World Shipping Council, says there is an “array” of legislation in force regarding the construction of containers – each one costing £2,927 ($5,000, 3,671 euros) – and how they are stacked aboard container ships.

“The predominant cause of loss is very, very bad weather, when the forces of nature overcome the forces of lashing the containers to the ship. The industry does what it can, but it can’t control Mother Nature.”

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Shanghai Metal manufactures shipping containers. We are the leading manufacturer and supplier in China. From the acquisition of raw materials, packaging and exportation, SMC ensures only the best quality of products. By assigning professional experts at every stage of production, we ensure continuous support with our worldwide business. To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

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Sources: BBC, KiroTV

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Container Houses – The Next Big American Dream

The container housing industry is becoming mainstream as it is now a sub category of affordable housing. Building a home out of shipping containers enables also medium income consumers to hire an architect in a very reasonable price. Thereby, container homes might be the next American dream.

Companies have also noticed the advantages of container housing. For instance Starbucks has already installed its container coffee shops in Seattle and London. Container homes also come with a pretty nice design.

One of the benefits of shipping containers is their modularity. They are made as same sized and designed to be piled up and fit optimally in cargo ships. Containers are like Lego blocks. You can pile them up and thereby even create a multiple floor or a multiple wing mansion.

Shipping containers are also designed to be able to resist rough weather in seas. Thereby they are made of really durable and tough material that ensure the safety of a container home. In addition, the material is really simple to modify. Cutting, reforming and other modifications are done by welding which is a simple and cheap procedure. Building a nice patio with a jacuzzi is suddenly affordable.

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Also one great thing about containers is that their are available in all all over the world and their transportation is extremely convenient. Containers are designed to fit in a standard shipping cargo leaving no blank space in the ships. Because of the new mainstream use of containers, their weight-to-value ratio is to increase.

This is the woodland cottage of your dreams.

The benefits of container homes have been recognized worldwide. For instance, in Finland, container housing is becoming a great solution for offering affordable student homes. Please read about more the Finns’ solution to student housing in our blog. Also the world’s hotel industry is going wild of containers as new companies offering transportable accomodation solutions emerge. Container hotels is also in a luxury top-end category in the hotel industry. Please read more about luxury container hotels here.

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China is a major exporter of shipping containers and Shanghai Metal Corporation is one of the leading businesses in that field. To know more about our container houses, villas, hotels and offices, please visit our website. Also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. You can also download our new mobile application by scanning the QR code below.

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Pictures and original articles: Smartplanet.com, Ecopressptc.com, Inthralld.com, Homedsgn.com, Buzzfeed.com, Bobvila.com, Australian Council of Trade Unions,  Wikipedia, Prefabfan.com