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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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...

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Full steam (chest) ahead - TheFabricator.com

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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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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Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. agrees to acquire Continental Alloys & Services Inc.

July 14, 2011

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase all of the outstanding capital securities of Continental Alloys & Services, Inc., headquartered in Houston, and certain affiliated companies. Continental, a global materials management company focused...

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Mississippi Steel Processing opens new facility

July 11, 2011

Mississippi Steel Processing LLC's new flat-rolled toll processing operation, located on the campus of Severstal Steel Mill in Columbus, Miss., has begun full production. The company provides slitting, cut-to-length, storage, and logistics services for customers of Severstal, as well as service...

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Marmon/Keystone expands Monterrey operation

June 27, 2011

Marmon/Keystone, Butler, Pa., has doubled the size of its Monterrey, Mexico, location to a total of 54,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space. The company also has added to the plan two cranes and a Hyd-Mech 20-in., automatic, high-speed band with miter cutting capabilities. The company, a wholesale...

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Hynes Industries names four vice presidents

June 27, 2011

Hynes Industries, a North American supplier and processor of steel and nonferrous metals in Youngstown, Ohio, has announced four new leadership position changes. Patrick A. Montana has been named vice president – operations and is responsible for the manufacturing functions of the company as a...

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United Performance Metals named one of Cincinnati's top places to work

June 27, 2011

Enquirer Media has ranked United Performance Metals as 28th on its Top Places to Work 2011 list for greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. Companies on the list stood out as organizations that operate on strong values and ethics, provide employees with opportunities to learn and grow in their...

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AK Steel recognized for best operational improvements

June 22, 2011

AK Steel has received an award for Best Operational Improvements from American Metal Market (AMM), a metal industry publication. The award recognizes the company for making more than $180 million in capital investments at its steel plants in Butler, Pa., and Zanesville, Ohio. These...

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Molybdenum use hits new high

June 20, 2011

Global use of molybdenum has soared to a new high of 474 million lbs., surpassing the peak use in 2007 of 470 million lbs., according to new full-year figures from the International Molybdenum Association, London. The greatest demand for molybdenum in 2010 came from China, where use increased from...

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Copper alloys medical equipment

Antimicrobial copper displaces stainless steel, germs for medical applications

June 20, 2011

Stainless steel is favored for many uses because it doesn’t rust and it’s easy to clean. However, for medical environments, copper is making inroads. Copper has been shown to kill six varieties of bacteria, and the EPA has registered more than 350 alloys to have antimicrobial properties.

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HRB downward price trend slowing

June 15, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for June 13 rose 1.4 percent to $738 per ton, FOB the port of export, after falling three weeks ago. The Western European HRB price slipped 0.1 percent to $814 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 3.6 percent), ex-works, for the second...

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Atlas Tube to reopen Arkansas facility

June 14, 2011

Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group, has announced that it will reopen its hollow structural section (HSS) manufacturing facility in Blytheville, Ark. Starting in September, the facility will begin regularly scheduled mill rollings, producing round, square, and rectangle products for...

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