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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New River Gorge Bridge

Building bridges

January 9, 2012 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Some fabricators and educators are fascinated by bridges. Bridges come in many different types, and diverse materials are used to build them.

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Nucor announces plan to close Nuconsteel

January 5, 2012

Nucor Corp. announced today that it will exit the business of fabricating light gauge steel framing and therefore will close its Nuconsteel division. Nuconsteel has operations in Denton, Texas, and Dallas, Georgia. Nucor entered the residential and commercial light gauge steel framing business in...

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Coated stainless steel strip designed for electronic component manufacturers

December 14, 2011

Sandvik has introduced Sandvik Santronic™, a coated stainless steel strip designed for electronic component manufacturers. It can serve as an alternative material for postprocessed electroplated parts in stainless steel or copper-based alloys. The strip offers high-purity, thin-coated layers of...

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Wise Metals Group hires CFO

December 6, 2011

Monte D. Schaefer has joined Wise Metals Group, Muscle Shoals, Ala., as CFO. Schaefer worked previously at Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp., Nashville, where he was vice president of finance and controller. Before working in the aluminum industry, he was director of operations and finance for...

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MSCI forms Red Metals division

November 21, 2011

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Schaumburg, Ill., has added a Copper and Brass Specialty Division. "This is the natural evolution of our organization," said MSCI President and CEO M. Robert Weidner III. "We strive to serve the networking, educational, advocacy, and research needs of...

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Marmon/Keystone establishes value-added processing center

November 7, 2011

Marmon/Keystone has opened a new Southeast regional value-added processing center at its branch in Charlotte, N.C. The center handles value-added service transactions for the Charlotte; Atlanta; Orlando, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Houston; and Fort Worth, Texas, branches. The company, a distributor...

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Stainless steel seamless tubing designed for hydraulic, instrumentation applications

October 31, 2011

Parker Hannifin Corp. has introduced a line of quality-assured domestic and nondomestic 316/316L stainless steel seamless tubing for hydraulic and instrumentation applications. The line is designed for systems processing harsh media or in corrosive environments where the safety, integrity, and...

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Overlaying sheave

Don’t junk it, make it better

October 10, 2011 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

By using today’s new alloys, you can cut costs, extend equipment use, and actually improve products. Here are some examples of how this can be done by welding with aluminum bronze (CuAl).

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

August 24, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for August 22 rose 2.2 percent to $710 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the second consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 0.7 percent to $753 per ton (on a Euro basis, it declined 0.8 percent), ex-works, after falling...

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Fisher-Barton opens new materials research lab

August 15, 2011

The Fisher-Barton Group hosted the grand opening of its new $2 million, 1,800-sq.-ft. materials research laboratory Aug. 2 in Watertown, Wis. The new lab houses up-to-date instruments for the microscopic, chemical, and mechanical analysis of metals and other materials. Capabilities include...

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United Performance Metals relocates California facility

August 9, 2011

United Performance Metals has relocated its California branch to a new facility in La Mirada to accommodate the company's growth in the region. The addition of space allows the company to offer more inventory and processing equipment. United Performance Metals serves customers in industries...

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HRB price decline continues

July 27, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ U.S. HRB price spot for July 25 fell 4.9 percent to $770 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the eighth consecutive decline. The World export HRB price declined 2.1 percent to $693 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the third consecutive decline. The Western...

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Full steam (chest) ahead

July 26, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding and fabricating using exotic metals requires a special touch, one that Schwabel Fabricating Co., Tonowanda, N.Y., has built its business on for the last 53 years.

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Aluminum truck bed

What is abrasion-resistant material?

July 21, 2011 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Creating welding procedures for abrasive-resistant (AR) materials can be difficult because many of them do not conform to ASTM,ASME, or SAE standards for chemical or mechanical properties. However, these materials can be welded successfully.

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Chicago Tube and Iron announces completion of merger with Olympic Steel

July 18, 2011

Olympic Steel Inc., Cleveland, and Chicago Tube and Iron Co. (CTI), Romeoville, Ill., have completed their previously announced merger transaction, with Olympic acquiring all of the outstanding shares of CTI. Donald R. McNeeley, Ph.D., will continue as president and CEO of CTI following the...

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