What is an Alloy?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on October 27, 2021 | 4 min. read

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 | 3 min. read

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 | 3 min. read

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 | 2 min. read

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 | 3 min. read

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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How Mead Metals Helped One Customer Solve a Problem [Example]

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on March 19, 2020 | 2 min. read

Nearly a decade ago, a company approached us looking for some material. They were looking for 1095 blue tempered .035 x ½ with a skived edge. They needed just a small amount, and we provided it to them. Over time, they kept coming back and ordering that same material, in the same dimensions and specifications. But something was different. 

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How Phosphor Bronze is Used in Classic Car Restoration

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on February 28, 2020 | 3 min. read

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For those who participate in the world of classic car restoration, there always comes a time to replace parts on your ride. The companies that provide these parts need the best materials possible. When the time comes for customers to source parts, they find themselves stuck sourcing them and perusing forums of gearheads with a whole lot of opinions. If a customer is looking for brass era car parts or bronze car parts, you can provide them with the best phosphor bronze that Mead Metals has to offer. 

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The Many Uses of Copper in Creating Art

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on November 7, 2019 | 2 min. read

Copper is well-known as a versatile material with many applications and uses. Oftentimes, the conversation around copper centers around its many functions in everyday life, namely its electrical and thermal conductivity. Because of this attribute, you’ll find copper wiring and copper connectors in your computers, your cell phone, your garage door opener, and in your appliances. But copper’s usefulness doesn’t end there.

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How is Cold Rolled Steel Used for Home Design and Decor?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on October 8, 2019 | 2 min. read

When you think of steel, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? For a lot of people, their minds go to construction, where steel beams form the foundation of sky-high buildings. Others might first think of the automotive industry, where steel accounts for up to 60% of a vehicle’s total weight. The fact of the matter is steel, in some form or another, is around us much of the time. In our buildings, in our vehicles, and even in our home decor.

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What Certifications Can Customers Get with Their Order? [Video]

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on September 25, 2019 | 2 min. read

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As you saw in this video, Mike details how Mead Metals works with customers who require material certifications. Below, I've provided an even more in-depth account of how we handle certifications.

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