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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Stainless Steel Workshop: Storing and reconditioning filler metals

April 6, 2015

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For years fabricators have questioned the need for properly storing opened containers of electrodes in a controlled environment. The cost of holding ovens, as well as the discipline required to use them, has had fabricators second-guessing the benefits of such a practice. Regardless of the type of...

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Improving the performance of transfer dies

April 1, 2015

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The use of high-strength work materials has dramatically increased the performance requirements on the stamping and forming tools. The selection of the proper tool steel grade at each transfer die station plays a large role in optimizing productivity. The tooling’s performance may be enhanced further with the addition of a coating.

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Mishawaka Sheet Metal announces $1.5 million equipment addition

April 1, 2015

Mishawaka Sheet Metal has announced plans to invest $1.5 million to install an additional laser cutting machine and a cut-to-length line at its 75,000-sq.-ft. facility in Elkhart, Ind. The investment is in response to increased demand from RV, cargo trailer, horse trailer, and shuttle bus...

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Hickman, Williams & Co. to expand in Indiana

April 1, 2015

Hickman, Williams & Co. has announced plans to expand its operations in LaPorte, Ind. The company has purchased a 40,000-sq.-ft. facility that will be used to process consumable materials for the metal and casting industries. Renovation of the facility is slated to begin in fall 2015. The...

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U. S. Steel to adjust production at Minntac plant

March 31, 2015

Pittsburgh-based United States Steel Corp. has announced plans to adjust operations and temporarily idle a portion of its Minnesota Ore Operations – Minntac plant in Mountain Iron, Minn., effective June 1. The company will continue to operate Minntac at reduced capacity to meet customer demand....

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Klein Steel selected as one of the top workplaces in 2015

March 30, 2015

Klein Steel, a Rochester, N.Y., steel service center, has announced that it has been selected as one of the top workplaces in 2015 by the Democrat & Chronicle media group, also based in Rochester. The top workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is...

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Alcoa to curtail smelting capacity in Brazil

March 30, 2015

Lightweight metals manufacturer Alcoa, New York, has announced it will curtail the remaining 74,000 metric tons of smelting capacity at its São Luís (Alumar) facility in Brazil. The decision is aligned with the company’s recent announcement to evaluate upstream capacity for possible...

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Vulcanium achieves ISO 13485 registration

March 30, 2015

Vulcanium Metals Intl., Northbrook, Ill., has been granted ISO 13485:2003 registration for the distribution and processing of metal for the medical industry. The company provides titanium sheet, coil, plate, and bar, as well as cobalt chrome molybdenum (CCM) and medical-grade stainless round...

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U. S. Steel to consolidate flat-rolled operations

March 25, 2015

United States Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, will consolidate its North American flat-rolled operations and temporarily idle its Granite City Works operations in Granite City, Ill. As the primary flat-roll supplier of Lone Star Tubular Operations, the company is proceeding with the consolidation as part...

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Rolled Alloys names titanium account manager

March 25, 2015

Temperance, Mich.-based Rolled Alloys has announced that Jamie King has joined the company as a titanium account manager. He has more than 20 years of experience selling titanium to various industries throughout the U.S. The company is a supplier of stainless steels, nickel, cobalt, and...

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Primetals Technologies to modernize rolling mill drives for AMAG rolling GmbH

March 25, 2015

Primetals Technologies Ltd., Camberley, U.K., has received an order from AMAG rolling GmbH, located in Ranshofen, Austria, to modernize the entire drive technology on its four-high hot-rolling stand. The project includes the supply of the motors, converters, and converter transformers, as well as...

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WorldAutoSteel Guidelines for AHSS shed light on lightweighting

March 25, 2015

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Advanced high-strength steels are made differently in the steel mill, and they need to be processed differently in part manufacturing. WorldAutoSteel released forming and welding guidelines intended to help the users of these products work through the differences.

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ITA now accepting nominations for Titanium Application Development Award

March 24, 2015

The International Titanium Association (ITA), Northglenn, Colo., is seeking nominations for an individual, group of individuals, or organization within the titanium industry that has shown significant achievement toward improving and expanding the use of titanium. This award is intended to...

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Stainless Steel Workshop: Weldability of ferritic stainless steels

March 23, 2015

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Q: What filler wires are best-suited for welding ferritic stainless steel? A: Automotive exhaust systemand component manufacturers such as ArvinMeritor, Benteler, Faurecia, and Delphi have welded ferritic stainless steel for years. Their choice of filler metal, either a 409 or a 439, provided a...

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Stainless Steel Workshop: Stainless steel production certification

March 23, 2015

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There continues to be confusion in the marketplace about the conformance standard fr the various classifications of stainless steel products. The American Welding Society establishes guidelines to which manufacturers must conform depending on the specification. However, within the specification,...

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