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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Small businesses provide addition to NASA's Curiosity rover

November 14, 2012

Metal Supermarkets, a small-quantities metal supplier in Minneapolis, and its client LOFTech Prototype Mfg. have announced their part in manufacturing the ChemCam, a part of NASA’s Curiosity rover. Metal Supermarkets supplied the stainless steel, and LOFTech manufactured the instrument. The...

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Copper alloy serves as beryllium-copper alternative

November 14, 2012

Ampco Metal has introduced AMPCOLOY® 944, a new copper-nickel-silicone-chromium alloy developed as an alternative to beryllium copper for industrial applications requiring a combination of strength and high thermal conductivity. It provides an average hardness of 28 HRC and thermal conductivity of...

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Ultrahigh-strength steel designed for auto industry applications

November 7, 2012

SSAB has developed Docol 1400 MZE ultrahigh-strength, electrogalvanized steel for automobile manufacturing applications. According to the company, the steel is strong, safe, lightweight, and corrosion-resistant while providing formability, weldability, and consistent mechanical properties....

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Wheatland Tube names general manager for fence, galvanized mechanical products

November 7, 2012

Wheatland Tube Co., Chicago, a division of JMC Steel Group, has announced that David Devine has joined the company as the general manager for fence and galvanized mechanical products. Devine has more than 19 years of experience in the mechanical tube market. Most recently he served as national...

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Benteler Steel/Tube selects Louisiana for U.S. expansion

November 5, 2012

Benteler Steel/Tube has announced it will build a new hot rolling tube mill in Caddo, La., strengthening the company's position in the North American oil country tubular goods (OCTG) market. The facility — a total investment of nearly $900 million — will be the company's first U.S. production...

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Central Steel invests in new band saw technology

November 5, 2012

Central Steel & Wire Co., a service center with headquarters in Chicago, has invested in new band saw technology for its Milwaukee distribution facility. A new Behringer horizontal band saw has been installed and is operational. According to Central Steel, the saw increases the company's...

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Rolled Alloys opens new facility in Connecticut

November 5, 2012

Rolled Alloys has opened a new facility in Windsor, Conn. The 40,000-sq.-ft. service center, which replaces the previous location, is on schedule to be fully operational by Dec. 1. Rolled Alloys supplies stainless steels, nickel, cobalt, and titanium alloys....

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4GL Solutions signs agreement with Piping Alloys

October 30, 2012

4GL Solutions, Markham, Ont., has signed an agreement to install its Enterprise-level metal-specific ERP software Steel Manager III at Piping Alloys, a provider of stainless steel and alloy pipe, tubing, fasteners, and fittings with locations in Arizona, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Piping Alloys also...

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Michigan Seamless Tube expands pickling capabilities

October 30, 2012

Michigan Seamless Tube, a manufacturer of carbon and alloy seamless, cold-drawn pipe and tube in South Lyon, Mich., will complete construction on a new, 9,600-sq.-ft. pickling house later this year. The pickling house will be the fifth of its kind at the company's 320,000-sq.-ft. facility, enabling...

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Steel grades reduce weight while adding strength

October 29, 2012

SSAB offers the new Domex 900/960 and 1100 hot-rolled and cold-formed strip steels, with strengths from 220 to 1,100 MPa. The steels allow users to reduce the weight of the end product while adding strength and durability, according to the manufacturer. The materials offer formability,...

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Welded Tubes Inc. earns ISO/TS 16949:2009 certification

October 23, 2012

Welded Tubes Inc. has earned international automotive quality recognition with an ISO/TS 16949:2009 management system certificate. The Orwell, Ohio, company is a supplier of carbon steel welded tube and stainless steel tubing with critical finishes for a variety of automotive, appliance, display...

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American Piping Products adds to buying team

October 22, 2012

Pipe supplier and distributor American Piping Products Inc. has added Abigail Mueller to its St. Louis buying team. She has previous experience in the pipe and tube distribution industry, as well as extensive knowledge of welded and seamless pipe and value-added services. Mueller is a graduate of...

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ASTM approves standard for developing steel sheets

October 16, 2012

In a quest for lighter, more crash-resistant and fuel-efficient vehicles, the automobile and steel industries are developing steel sheets that have higher alloy content, and thus more complex hardening mechanisms, than sheets currently being used. The advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) sheets are...

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Automotive executive joins NanoSteel board of directors

October 16, 2012

Nanostructured steel material design company The NanoSteel® Co., Providence, R.I., has appointed automotive industry executive Bob Lutz to its board of directors. Lutz has nearly 50 years of experience as a top executive in the global auto industry. Most recently he was vice chairman of global...

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Rolled Alloys at full operating status in South Carolina

October 10, 2012

Rolled Alloys has announced that its recently opened Richburg, S.C., facility has reached full operating status. The 33,000-sq.-ft. service center contains an inventory of PRODEC® 303, PRODEC 304L, PRODEC 316L, and 17-4 stainless steel barstock. It can process round bar up to 20 in. dia. Rolled...

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