Metals/Materials

The metals/materials technology area has information on the most commonly used materials in metal fabrication ̶ carbon steels; stainless steels; high-strength, low-alloy steels (HSLAs); and the 6000 series aluminum ̶ and those that aren't as common, such as the red metals, refractory metals, titanium, and magnesium.

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Commercial Metals Co. receives air permit for Oklahoma micromill

February 8, 2016

Commercial Metals Co., Irving, Texas, has received a new source air permit from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. This permit authorizes CMC, from an environmental air quality perspective, to construct a micromill in Durant, Okla. The company, which manufactures, recycles, and...

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American Metal Roofs recognizes top salespeople

February 3, 2016

Flint, Mich.-based American Metals Roofs has issued awards to its top-performing salespeople for 2015. Mike Swita of Metal Roof Systems, Madison, Wis., won 2015 Top Producer, with sales nearing $1.5 million. Sales Volume Achievement Awards were given to Bill Susewitz, Bryan Doyle, and John...

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AMI Metals Inc. awarded five-year contract by BAE Systems

February 2, 2016

AMI Metals Inc., Brentwood, Tenn., a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., has been awarded a multiyear contract by BAE Systems to provide aluminum plate to support the requirements for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Hawk, and Typhoon programs. The five-year contract,...

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SAF named semifinalist in 2016 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge

January 29, 2016

Aluminum distributor, fabricator, and finisher Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. (SAF), Atlanta, has been named a semifinalist in the inaugural Atlanta Metro Export Challenge, a grant competition powered by Chase that boosts support for small and medium-sized businesses looking to begin exporting or...

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SMS group, Houghton form strategic partnership

January 29, 2016

Germany-based SMS group, a supplier of equipment for the manufacture of steel, aluminum, and nonferrous metal products, and Houghton Intl. Inc., a Norristown, Pa.-based supplier of fluids and chemicals for metal processing, have formed a partnership to develop and market oil-based cooling...

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Metal Sales names VP of sales and marketing

January 28, 2016

Metal Sales™ Manufacturing Corp., Louisville, Ky., a provider of metal panels for the construction industry, has appointed Scott Bacon as vice president of sales and marketing. Bacon most recently served as vice president of commercial sales for Fabral. He also spent many years in sales and...

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Mill Steel to consolidate Steel Structural Products Louisville with Indiana service center

January 26, 2016

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based flat-rolled carbon steel distributor Mill Steel Co. has announced it will consolidate its Steel Structural Products Louisville (Ky.) steel framing manufacturing operations and related corporate office with its Ports of Indiana, Jeffersonville service center. Completion of...

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MSCI awards $766,500 in scholarships in 2015

January 21, 2016

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), a nonprofit association based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., that serves the metals industry, awarded scholarships worth $766,500 to 342 member company families in 2015. The scholarship program is administered through MSCI’s 32 chapters throughout the...

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Troubleshooting sheet metal defects: Part I

January 20, 2016 | By Daniel J. Schaeffler

Before a manufacturer can figure out what’s wrong with metal that keeps splitting during a forming process, it needs to understand just why one batch of sheet metal differs from another. The first step is learning the lingo associated with metal creation.

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Northern States Metals names CEO

January 20, 2016

Youngstown, Ohio-based Northern States Metals, a provider of custom-made extruded aluminum products, has appointed Jeff Gwinnell as president and CEO. Gwinnell most recently served as president/ CEO of Avtron and Axia Inc. He also spent seven years at McKinsey & Co. as senior manager. Gwinnell...

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LIFT project to focus on computer analytics to predict titanium performance

January 19, 2016

The third technology project announced by Detroit-based LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) will focus on titanium. Lead partners on the project—GE Aviation and The Ohio State University—will focus first on advancing computer analytics to better understand and predict the performance of...

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Commercial Metals announces promotions

January 19, 2016

Irving, Texas-based Commercial Metals Co., a manufacturer, recycler, and marketer of steel and metal products, has promoted Barbara R. Smith to the position of COO and Mary A. Lindsey to the position of vice president/CFO. Smith has been the company's senior vice president and CFO since May...

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Metallurgy Matters: Thermal cycles, the HAZ, and the strength of martensite

January 18, 2016 | By Bob Capudean

Last time we looked at how welding heat influences the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of metals strengthened by three typical hardening processes: solid-solution hardening, cold working, and precipitation hardening. That leaves one critical strengthening process to consider: transformation (martensite)...

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TWI friction stir welds ODS steel

January 15, 2016

As part of its core research program into the friction stir welding of steel, U.K.-based research, technology, and engineering organization TWI has welded a number of samples of oxide dispersion-strengthened (ODS) steels. These specialized alloys have been developed to deliver excellent strength...

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Pro-Tec Coating appoints president

January 15, 2016

Leipsic, Ohio-based Pro-Tec Coating Co., a 50/50 joint venture between United States Steel Corp. and Kobe Steel Ltd., has named Richard E. Veitch as president. The company provides coated flat-rolled steel primarily to the automotive industry. Veitch joined U.S. Steel full time in 1985 as a turn...

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