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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U.S.S. New York warship contains recycled steel from World Trade Center

January 12, 2010

The fifth in a line of a new class of warship was commissioned into the U.S. Navy in November in New York City. The U.S.S. New York, roughly the length of two football fields and weighing 25,000 tons, features a front edge bow section forged from 7.5 tons of steel recovered from the World Trade...

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Nucor Executive Vice President Joe Rutkowski to retire; Joe Stratman to assume additional responsibilities

January 11, 2010

Nucor Corp. Executive Vice President of Business Development Joseph A. Rutkowski announced today his plans to retire at the end of February after 21 years of service with the company. Rutkowski began his career as Manager of Nucor Cold Finish, Norfolk, Nebraska, in 1989; served as Manager of...

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Die materials and wear in stamping AHSS

January 9, 2010 | By Eren Billur

Advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) are used extensively in the automotive industry to help improve crash safety and reduce weight. With the increased strength of AHSS, however, come dramatically increased springback and forming load (and, therefore, contact pressure) compared to milder steel grades.

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Cargill to acquire Robinson's RPS® Steel division

December 17, 2009

Cargill, a global trader, processor, and distributor of iron and steel, has agreed with Robinson Steel to increase its investment in RPS® Sheet and Plate by purchasing Robinson Steel's cold-reduction lines in East Chicago, Ind., and Granite City, Ill. Cargill will take 100-percent ownership of...

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HRB prices off bottom

December 16, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for December 14 rose 4.0 percent to $575 per metric ton, FOB the mill, after four consecutive falls. The World export HRB price rose 3.4 percent to $519 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the second consecutive increase. The...

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Scrap Salvage & Surplus patents mobile processing unit

December 15, 2009

Scrap Salvage & Surplus Inc., Butler, Pa., has patented a mobile processing unit for heavy torching of oversized metal scrap generated by steelmakers and other metal manufacturers.The unit, which began operating in 2005, reduces energy consumption and labor costs and eliminates 99.8 percent of...

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Plymouth Tube announces two staff promotions

December 15, 2009

Plymouth Tube Co., Warrenville, Ill., has named Bill Henricks to the position of energy group account executive. In this position, he focuses on building the company's business in the power generation industry.Henricks has held previous positions in the company as energy product manager, energy...

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Specialty Strip & Oscillating hires sales rep

December 15, 2009

Specialty Strip & Oscillating Inc., a supplier of conventional slit and oscillate coils in Masury, Ohio, has hired Jamie R. DeVore as a sales representative. He is responsible for direct sales of cold-rolled carbon and alloy strip steel in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Canada.DeVore has more...

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American Piping expands in Houston, hires CFO in St. Louis

December 15, 2009

American Piping Products has expanded its Houston facility with a new sales and operations headquarters. The company is a supplier of heavy-wall carbon, stainless, and chrome-moly steel pipe, fittings, and valves used in the oil and gas and power generation industries, as well as for manufacturing...

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MSCI scholarship program awards exceed $1 million

December 15, 2009

A college scholarship program started in 2002 by the Florida Chapter of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Boca Raton, Fla., has expanded throughout the U.S. and Canada and has awarded more than $1 million to more than 450 students, all of them the children of MSCI member-company...

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Advanced high-strength steel technologies featured on 2010 Ram Heavy Duty – Motor Trend Truck of the Year

December 15, 2009

Motor Trendmagazine has selected the new Ram Heavy Duty as its Truck of the Year, giving the North American steel industry and AISI's Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) a reason to celebrate.The RAM Heavy Duty features a road-tested, proven commercial-grade frame and suspension system with...

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Using laser shock peening to increase pilger die life

December 1, 2009 | By David Lahrman

During pilgering, the dies endure extreme amounts of stress. Shot peening is a conventional, economic process for hardening the tooling, but its benefits are limited. Supplementing shot peening with laser shock peening where the stress is highest can help to extend the service life of the tools.

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HRB prices bottoming?

November 30, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for Nov. 23 rose 3.7 percent to $453 per ton for the third consecutive increase. The World export HRB price rose 1.2 percent to $502 per ton, FOB the port of export, after four consecutive declines. The Western European HRB price...

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United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO Metal Trades presidents featured on special rebroadcast of 'Inside Government'

November 12, 2009

Building a new economy that utilizes clean energy, a 21st century infrastructure and allows the U.S. to thrive on the global stage will be the focus of this week's AFGE "Inside Government" radio show. The show will air on Friday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. EST nationwide on Federal News Radio at...

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HRB prices converging

November 11, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for Nov. 9 rose 1.6 percent to $437 per ton for the second consecutive increase. The World export HRB price fell 1.4 percent to $496 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the fourth consecutive decline. The Western European HRB price...

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