How Do We Handle Metal That Doesn't Meet Our Quality Standards?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on January 11, 2022

The quality of your materials often makes or breaks a project. You can’t afford to risk investing time and money in a steel and metal service center that sources from low-quality providers or skimps on quality control measures.

At Mead Metals, quality control and customer satisfaction are our driving purpose. We always prioritize trust and transparency when communicating with clients about our sourcing practices. So here’s an inside look at how we identify, correct, and handle “reject” materials before they have a chance to leave our warehouse.

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A Guide to Copper Alloys: Brass vs. Phosphor Bronze

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on January 5, 2022

Copper has been valued by mankind for over 10,000 years. Its unique properties, malleability, ductility, and pleasing aesthetic appearance make it a top candidate for a wide variety of purposes. It also makes friends easily by forming to any number of useful alloys and binary compounds. 

Brass and phosphor bronze are two copper alloys that retain many of copper's valuable qualities while holding unique characteristics of their own. Collectively, copper, brass, and bronze are called the “Red Metals.” You may think of these three when picturing old candelabras, light fixtures, and statues. But due to their similarities, many people may find it difficult to tell these metals apart.

So what’s the difference between copper, brass, and phosphor bronze? The infographic below and the accompanying article will answer all the questions you have about the differences between these metals, what they are used for, and how to identify them.

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What Metals Are Magnetic?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on November 29, 2021

There are three elemental metals that are magnetic: 

  • Iron
  • Cobalt 
  • Nickel 

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Why is Copper the Best Choice for Electrical Connectors?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on November 23, 2021

For nearly 200 years, copper has been the material of choice for electrical connectors. Since the invention of the electromagnet and the telegraph in the early 1800s, it’s become even more widespread, especially with the invention of the telephone in 1876.

Today, copper electrical connectors are still used in telecommunications, power generation, distribution, and transmission.

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What is the Difference: Tempering vs. Annealing?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on November 16, 2021

Tempering and annealing are both methods of heat treating metal. The purpose of heat treating is to intentionally alter the physical (and chemical) properties of metal to get it ready for manufacturing. Heat treatments can affect many properties of a metal product, including strength, hardness, formability, ductility, malleability, and machinability.

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What is an Alloy?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on October 27, 2021

A metal alloy is a substance that combines more than one metal or mixes a metal with other non-metallic elements.

For example, brass is an alloy of two metals: copper and zinc. Steel is an alloy of a metallic element (iron) and a small amount — up to 2% — of a non-metallic element (carbon).

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How is Cold Rolled 1008/1010 Steel Used in the Construction Industry?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on September 20, 2021

If you were to make a list of all the metals used in construction applications, that list would get pretty long, pretty fast. Metals are a choice building material for those looking to create strong, long-lasting structures that are both durable and sustainable. And steel fits that bill perfectly.

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Common Uses for Brass

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on July 20, 2021

Brass is an alloy metal that is made of copper and zinc. Due to brass's unique properties, which I'll go into more detail on below, it is one of the most widely used alloys. Because of its versatility, there are seemingly endless industries and products making use of this alloy. 

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How to Read Mill Test Reports [Example]

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on December 14, 2020

What is It? 

Mill test reports detail an important step in a metal product's journey: the step from the mill that melted the metal to the service center the mill sold the metal to. A mill test report is a quality assurance document that certifies a metal product's chemical and physical properties. Below, I'll outline what you typically see in a mill test report. 

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5 Unique Properties of Beryllium Copper

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on October 9, 2020

Most customers know beryllium copper is valuable based on its price point, but what are the characteristics that make it worthy of its price tag? Below, I'll break down the unique properties that make beryllium copper such a versatile and valuable metal product. 

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