What are the Strongest Metals?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on November 19, 2019

What is the world’s strongest metal? This is one of those questions that sounds simple enough but is actually quite complex. When it comes to metal, making direct comparisons based on strength doesn’t work. Why? First of all, because there isn’t a single, universal scale for strength. At best, there are four. In today’s blog, I’m going to outline these four types of strength as they relate to metallurgy before giving some insights and comparisons of the metals leading the pack in terms of strength. Let’s get started. 

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Why is Stainless Steel Not Magnetic?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on October 24, 2019

Many of us have an immediate association when we think about stainless steel — anything from kitchen appliances, medical instruments, components for renewable energy technologies, and building construction may come to mind. When you really think about it, chances are you’ll find something made from stainless steel nearly everywhere you look. 

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All About Steel: Cold Rolled vs. Cold Drawn vs. Hot Rolled

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on August 20, 2019

In the steel industry, you may have heard the terms “cold rolled,” “hot rolled,” and “cold drawn.” Understanding how these types of steel are processed, as well as proper applications for each type, is crucial in making sure you are getting the right material for your project. Buying the correct type of steel will save you both time and money, and ensure you are offering the best quality products to your customers.

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What are the Different Grades of Steel

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on July 25, 2019

Steel is a combination of iron and carbon, but did you know there are more than 3,500 different grades of steel? A steel’s grade is determined by the amount of carbon, what other alloys it contains, and the way it has been processed.

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What is the Difference Between Surgical Steel and Stainless Steel?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on May 13, 2019

It’s not uncommon to wonder about the differences between different types of steel. At least, it’s not uncommon around here. In our industry, understanding the small, unique differences between different steel varieties is big business. After all, choosing the best material for a given application is an important step in any project. In the case of metal materials, the characteristics of different materials will show up when they are cut, bent, punch-pressed, and otherwise processed.

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2019 Metal Industry Forecast

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on March 12, 2019

Over recent years, the metal industry has seen a dramatic boom. With this increase, you may question where the industry is heading. Will demand continue to grow or is the bubble due to burst? Below is a look at the metal industry and where it’s expected to go in 2019 and beyond .

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What Is Minimum Order Quantity in Manufacturing?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on January 8, 2019

If you’ve spent a bit of time on our website, you may have noticed three letters strung together: MOQ. And in case it wasn’t made clear at the time, those three letters stand for minimum order quantity. It’s a phrase we reference throughout our website, and it’s important for our current and prospective customers to know about. So beyond knowing what these three letters stand for, let’s look at what they mean and how our minimum order quantity policy benefits customers.

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Why Edge Rolling and Conditioning Matter

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on December 14, 2018

Nobody, and I mean nobody, wants to get caught on a raw or ragged edge of metal. For all of its uses and applications, metal requires care during handling. After it's cut or sheared, metal material can be left with sharp, uneven edges. These edges can easily scratch or cut handlers, and it can also be difficult to feed through machines for processing. Edge rolling and conditioning effectively eliminates these issues. 

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Flat Rolled Product - What's Leveled, Blanked, and Cut-To-Length?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on December 6, 2018

If you're looking for flat material, coil stock can be tough. While high-volume fabricators might have their own equipment to flatten coil and process it into sheets, too often you're at the mercy of pattern sizes and prepackaged quantities rather than being able to order what you need. The leveling and blanking process takes care of that.

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Mead Metals Customer Feature: KMC Stampings

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on November 16, 2018

Back in 1998, KMC Stampings was looking for a company they could work with who would support their needs and help them with some of their more niche requests. Specifically, they were looking for a materials vendor that could supply them a variety of materials in small quantities. You see, their existing vendors dealt in large quantities and didn’t carry the variety of materials they were seeking. That was when they first learned about Mead Metals. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

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