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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Heidtman Steel expands service capabilities

September 21, 2010

Heidtman Steel, a supplier of steel products and services in Toledo, Ohio, has expanded processing capabilities at two of its facilities. The company has improved the pickle line at its Erie, Mich., location and has commissioned a new SMS Demag multiblanking line at its Butler, Ind., sheet...

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HRB prices up 1.3 to 5.8 percent

September 15, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese hot-rolled band (HRB) ex-works price for Sept. 13 surged 5.8 percent to $551 per ton, after declining three weeks ago. The U.S. HRB spot price rose 3.1 percent to $660 per metric ton, FOB the mill for the second consecutive rise. The world export HRB price...

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Direct Metals Co. achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification

September 7, 2010

Direct Metals Co. LLC has become an ISO 9001:2008-certified organization at both locations in Kennesaw, Ga., and Park City, Ill. Its ISO conformance extends to warehousing, sales, fabrication, and distribution of all its industrial metals and fiberglass products. The company also is...

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HRB prices rudderless; World and U.S. prices up, Western Europe and China prices down

August 27, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ world export HRB price for August 23 rose 1.5 percent to $604 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the third consecutive time. The U.S. HRB spot price rose 0,9 percent to $640 per metric ton, FOB the mill after six consecutive declines. The Western European HRB...

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Marmon/Keystone appoints three to management posts

August 17, 2010

Marmon/Keystone LLC, Butler, Pa., has announced several management appointments. Josh Dubia has joined the corporate office as marketing technician. He is responsible for maintaining the customer information database and the e-commerce information system. Dubia holds a B.S. degree in information...

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Norfolk Iron and Metal commissions cut-to-length line

August 17, 2010

Norfolk Iron and Metal, Norfolk, Neb., has commissioned a new temper mill cut-to-length coil line, built by DBI Mfg. of Irving, Texas. The line can process coils up to 0.787 in. thick by 96 in. wide at 100,000-PSI yield strength and stacking plates 60 ft. long. The line is equipped with a...

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Timken Co. to invest $50 million in Ohio steel operations

August 16, 2010

The Timken Company has announced that it will invest approximately $50 million in its steel operations in Canton, Ohio. Slated to begin this year, the investment is for the installation of a new intermediate finishing line at the Gambrinus Steel Plant and expansion of the steel lay-down yard at the...

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HRB prices bottoming; down 0.5 percent in U.S., up elsewhere

August 11, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for Aug. 9 rose 2.3 percent to $527 per ton for the second consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price rose 1.8 percent to $690 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 1.0 percent), ex-works, for the second consecutive increase. The World...

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Servimetal expands operations with new division

August 10, 2010

Servimetal Inc., a processor, distributor, and manufacturer of flat metal products in Caguas, Puerto Rico, has announced the start-up operations of its new Rolled Forming Division. The company has...

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New high-strength alloy concept for large-diameter steel pipes receives award

August 10, 2010

Research into the use of a novel alloying concept that produces steel pipeline with both increased strength and toughness has won a group of scientists in Germany the 2010 Charles Hatchett Award. The...

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HRB prices down 5.5 percent in U.S., up elsewhere

July 28, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for July 26 fell 5.5 percent to $637 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the fifth consecutive decrease. The Western European HRB price...

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Marmon/Keystone recognizes quality suppliers

July 26, 2010

Marmon/Keystone, Butler, Pa., a distributor of tubular products, recently held its Supplier Recognition Day at the Butler Country Club. More than 60 multinational supplier representatives from 36...

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HRB prices down 1.2% to 5.1% in China, Western Europe, U.S., and World

June 30, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for June 28 fell 1.2 percent percent to $511 per ton for the fourth consecutive decrease. The Western European HRB price fell 2.0...

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Understanding steelmaking for better forming ... - TheFabricator

Understanding steelmaking for better forming ...

June 30, 2010

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Challenges faced by stampers in the quest to produce a robust part are magnified when they form high strength steels. As materials increase in strength, the inherent tensile property variability increases. Using products from the family of grades known as the advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) complicate matters even more, since what is supplied from one mill may not be produced in the same way as that from another mill. Understanding how steel is made sets the stage for a more profitable relationship between the steel supplier and the steel consumer. The certified steel properties that come with the coil are useful, but more information about the sheet metal increases the likelihood of success.

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LJT Tennessee to add jobs

June 28, 2010

Steel processor LJT Tennessee/Steel Warehouse is adding 84 jobs as it undertakes an $11 million expansion at its Centre South River-port site in Chattanooga, Tenn. Most of the hiring will be done in...

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