Stainless Steel vs. Carbon Steel: What’s the Difference?

Posted by: Mark Anderson on January 27, 2023 | 10 min. read

Different Types of Steel

Steel is the most common metal in the world, making it a versatile material for construction, manufacturing, and many other applications. It is a ferrous alloy composed of approximately 99% iron and 1% carbon. The four types of steel are alloy steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, and tool steel — with stainless and carbon being the most used by volume.

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Types of Magnetic Metals (LIST)

Posted by: Mark Anderson on November 17, 2022 | 7 min. read

Everyone is familiar with magnets, but have you ever wondered what it means to be magnetic? Or perhaps, what properties make metal magnetic? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s look at some of the basic properties of magnetic metals, the different types, and some common uses. 

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4 Time Management Tips for Purchasing Managers

Posted by: Mark Anderson on September 2, 2022 | 3 min. read

When a customer places an order, it’s up to you to find a supplier who can fulfill it. Although that may sound simple, time management is essential in the procurement process.

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Amazing and Surprising Benefits of Stainless Steel

Posted by: Mark Anderson on February 22, 2022 | 4 min. read

Stainless steel is one of the most widely used metals for construction materials. Due to its strength, versatility, and recyclability, stainless steel is the go-to metal choice for a variety of projects including architecture, landscaping, interior construction, and engineering.

In this article, we’ll discuss what stainless steel is used for, what it’s made of, types of stainless steel (focusing on the 300 and 400-grade series), and the many cost benefits when choosing your construction materials.    

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What are the Different Grades of Steel?

Posted by: Mark Anderson on November 3, 2021 | 3 min. read

Most people think that steel is just a pre-set combination of iron and carbon, but did you know there are more than 3,500 different grades of steel? You can compare steel grades by measuring the amount of carbon, additional alloys, and how the manufacturer processes them.

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What are ASTM Standards?

Posted by: Mark Anderson on September 9, 2021 | 2 min. read

In your experience in the metal industry, you’ve likely come across ASTM standard designations. You’ll find phrases like ASTM B194 for beryllium copper or ASTM B103 for phosphor bronze, but what are ASTM standards, exactly?

ASTM safety standards are crucial to ensure materials are high-quality, and performing exactly the way they’re supposed to in your facility. Below we’ll give you a quick review of what ASTM means, and why it should matter to you.

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How to Choose Between The Different Types of Metal

Posted by: Mark Anderson on May 24, 2021 | 7 min. read

More often than not, our customers have a pretty clear idea of what type of metal they need. But, that's not always the case. We don't expect our customers to be complete experts. If you're unsure about variables related to temper or which thickness range is appropriate, we can help. Similarly, we're able to help customers understand which tolerances and capabilities the mills offer. That's an area of expertise we own. However, before reaching out to a metal service center to determine these finer details, you should have a strong idea of what material is right for your project.

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What Are the Differences Between Stainless Steel & Cold Rolled Steel?

Posted by: Mark Anderson on April 5, 2018 | 2 min. read

Understanding the differences between the common types of steel used for metal fabrication and forming purposes can help you more easily source the best material for your project. The two types of steel that I’m going to cover today are stainless steel and cold rolled steel.

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5 Signs It's Time to Switch Metal Product Vendors

Posted by: Mark Anderson on February 5, 2018 | 2 min. read

A major portion of our new clients aren't new to the industry. Instead, they are seeking to add to their existing pool of vendors. This can be for any number of reasons. They might be needing a metal product their current vendors don't offer or part of a plan to switch vendors entirely. Below, I've outlined the main reasons why our new customers are seeking a new metal product vendor. 

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Metallurgy 101: Industry Acronyms You Need to Know

Posted by: Mark Anderson on January 25, 2018 | 2 min. read

Throughout the metal buying process, you likely run across quite a few acronyms. Metals are classified in numerous ways, and sometimes, trying to get a handle on everything can be enough to make your head spin. I've outlined a glossary of common acronyms you'll likely encounter. Knowing what these acronyms refer to will help you purchase metals more efficiently while getting you the right materials for your project. 

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