FAQ Series: What Can a Metal Slitting Machine Do? [VIDEO]

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on August 7, 2019

There are many factors you might consider when looking for a metal service center, including customer service, quality of materials, and secondary services. One helpful secondary service is metal slitting.

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Why is Copper the #1 Choice for Electrical Connectors

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on July 9, 2019

For nearly 200 years, copper has been the material of choice for electrical connectors. Copper has been used in electrical wiring since the invention of the electromagnet and the telegraph in the early 1800s, and became even more widespread with the invention of the telephone in 1876. Today, copper electrical connectors are still used in telecommunications, as well as power generation, distribution, and transmission.

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How is Brass Used in the Automotive Industry?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on June 6, 2019

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, and can have many different properties depending on the balance of these two materials. Additionally, brass can include other metals such as aluminum, lead, and arsenic, which will each create a different alloy with its own unique properties.

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5 Organizations the President of Mead Metals is Involved With

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on April 25, 2019

There's no shortage of professional organizations around today—several times a month, I'm solicited for membership by at least one organization. It’s vital to pick which ones you want to be a part of. Being the president of a company means making difficult choices about where you put your time and effort, especially when it comes to professional organizations. Time and time again, the following organizations have shown value to Mead Metals.

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Beryllium Copper In the Electronics and Telecommunications Industry

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on April 9, 2019

Did you know consumer electronics and telecommunications account for nearly half of all beryllium copper (BeCu) alloy consumption? Without it, we wouldn’t be able to communicate and live the way we do. This material is crucial. This cluster of metals goes by many different terms: CuBe and Spring Copper. Beryllium, cobalt, nickel, iron, and lead all make the useful copper alloy — giving it a unique group of properties, such as being highly conductive.

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All You Need to Know About Steel Alloys

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on March 25, 2019

If you’ve ever wondered what the most commonly used metal in the world is, you might be surprised (or unsurprised for that matter) to find out that it’s steel. Steel is strong and widely used. Many objects that you and I interact with on a regular basis are made of steel. Yet, with its popularity and applicability, many people are relatively unaware of steel’s various properties, intricacies, and uses. If that rings true for you, you'll likely find some interesting information in this post.  

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Copper Alloy 110 for Thermal Conductivity

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on February 7, 2019

Copper alloy 110 has the second highest electrical conductivity of all metals. If you’re wondering which metal is at the top, it’s silver. But, you won't see silver wiring in electrical applications. Besides being considerably more expensive, silver lacks copper's other desirable qualities - like ductility and malleability. So, for the majority of applications requiring electrical and thermal conductivity, copper is a popular option.

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Minnesota Business Partner Creates New Product

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on January 24, 2019

A Minnesota entrepreneur just launched a product he’s been working on for the last 35 years. Why am I talking about this here? Because that Minnesota entrepreneur worked with Mead Metals to source metal material for his product. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Instead, let’s take a moment to meet Tom McMullen and the ClipDifferent Pro.

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What Does a Metal Slitter Do?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on November 28, 2018

Slitting is a machining service that cuts wide coils to narrower widths. It requires specialized machinery, and when it's done properly, metal slitting can make additional processing faster and more precise. 

I've outlined the top reasons why having your metal slit by a metal service center can add ease and save time.  

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Nearshoring vs. Reshoring - What's the Difference?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on September 18, 2018

Back in July, I covered an interesting topic that’s been growing in popularity: reshoring. And although popular, it’s not the only effort manufacturers are making when it comes to the geographic location of their processes. This other option, which I’ll explain in more detail below, is referred to as nearshoring. But first, let’s review reshoring.

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