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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Lindberg/MPH refurbishes aluminum immersion holding furnace

October 26, 2015

Lindberg/MPH has refurbished an electric immersion aluminum holding furnace for an automotive parts manufacturer, increasing the furnace’s aluminum holding capacity. The furnace is used to maintain aluminum at the required temperature for die casting. Aftermarket services and maintenance are...

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Lightweighting, downgauging bumpers without buckling

October 26, 2015 | By Madhu Jampala

The advantages of ultrahigh-strength steels are that they can absorb energy at thinner gauges than mild steels, so metal formers can reduce mass by up to 20 percent by using them. This article, converted from a presentation from the Great Designs in Steel 2015 conference, evaluates optimizing geometries for three different forming processes--hot-forming, hot-stamping, roll forming--to solve challenges to forming thin-gauge materials to achieve light-weighting.

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United Performance Metals names supply chain manager

October 22, 2015

Hamilton, Ohio-based United Performance Metals, a supplier of stainless steel, duplex stainless steel, nickel alloys, and cobalt alloys, has named Richard Vanatsky as director of supply chain. He is responsible for all facets of procuring metal, services, and ancillary materials for the company....

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Modumetal wins New Horizons Idea Award

October 22, 2015

Modumetal, a manufacturer of a new class of nanolaminated metals and materials, is a winner of the 2015 World Oil Awards in the New Horizons Idea category. The award recognizes the company’s nanolayering technology, which enables oil and gas companies to reduce corrosion. According to the...

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum announces new director

October 21, 2015

Los Angeles-based Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has appointed Robert A. McEvoy to serve as an independent director. McEvoy retired as a managing director of Goldman Sachs in April 2014 after nine years with the firm. From 1989 to 2001, he served in a variety of roles with the investment banking...

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Braner/Loopco receives order from Viking Materials for slitting line

October 19, 2015

Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, Ill., has received an order from Viking Materials for a Hi-Performance Turret Head™ slitting/shape-correction line to be installed at Viking Materials’ Minneapolis coil processing and distribution facility. The line will have the capacity to precision-slit and...

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AMI Metals awarded multiyear contract by Lockheed Martin

October 19, 2015

AMI Metals Inc., Brentwood, Tenn., a subsidiary of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., Los Angeles, has been awarded a multiyear contract by Lockheed Martin to provide aluminum flat-rolled material for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The five-year contract, with an estimated value of $300 million, runs...

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MCA announces 2015 Chairman’s Award winners

October 19, 2015

Selected by a panel of professional architects, eight outstanding building projects from across the country have been recognized by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) with its 2015 Chairman’s Awards. The awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA...

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Eastern Metal Supply acquires Tigress Trading

October 19, 2015

Eastern Metal Supply (EMS), a national distributor of aluminum extrusions and sheet products based in Lake Worth, Fla., has purchased Tigress Trading Co. Inc. and Tigress Specialty Metals Products Mfg. Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The acquisition will strengthen EMS's presence in the saltwater...

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AK Steel issues notice to temporarily idle portions of Ashland Works

October 19, 2015

AK Steel, West Chester, Ohio, has issued a notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act to hourly and salaried employees at its Ashland Works in Kentucky that it intends to temporarily idle the blast furnace and related steelmaking operations at the facility as a result...

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Penn Stainless Products completes construction of new facility in Pennsylvania

October 15, 2015

Penn Stainless Products, a stainless steel distributor and processor, has completed construction of its new 35,000-sq.-ft. transfer and distribution facility in Jackson Center, Pa. With dedicated flatbed delivery starting Oct. 19 along routes throughout western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio,...

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ASM Intl. honors 2015 Class of Fellows for materials science contributions

October 15, 2015

ASM Intl., Materials Park, Ohio, recently honored its 2015 Class of Fellows at an awards dinner in Columbus, Ohio. The Fellow of the Society honor recognizes members for their distinguished contributions to materials science, engineering, or manufacturing and their exemplary personal reputations....

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Specialty Strip & Oscillating updates oscillator equipment

October 8, 2015

Specialty Strip & Oscillating Inc., Masury, Ohio, a supplier of conventional slit and oscillate coils in cold-rolled low-carbon, high-carbon, alloy, and stainless steel, has updated its oscillator equipment. The new equipment gives the company the capability to process oscillated coils up to 2.5...

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Alcoa wins nine-year contract with Lockheed Martin for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

October 8, 2015

New York-based lightweight metals provider Alcoa has announced it has been awarded a contract to supply titanium for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft program, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Under the contract, Alcoa becomes the titanium supplier for airframe structures...

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United States Steel announces possible consolidation of flat-rolled operations

October 7, 2015

United States Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, has announced it is examining a consolidation of its North American flat-rolled operations and may temporarily idle its Granite City Works steelmaking operations and most finishing operations in Granite City, Ill. With Granite City Works being the primary...

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