Posted by: Mark Anderson on June 18, 2019
In your experience in the metal industry, you’ve likely come across ASTM standard designations, such as ASTM B194 for beryllium copper or ASTM B103 for phosphor bronze, but did you ever wonder what the “ASTM” stands for? These ASTM standards are crucial to ensure materials are safe and high-quality, performing the way they’re supposed to in your facility and as part of your final product.Read More
Posted by: Mark Anderson on October 24, 2018
What is a mill test report?
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.
Posted by: Mark Anderson on April 5, 2018
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.Read More
Posted by: Mark Anderson on February 5, 2018
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.Read More
Posted by: Mark Anderson on January 25, 2018
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.Read More
Posted by: Mark Anderson on December 29, 2017
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.Read More
Posted by: Mark Anderson on November 15, 2017
For many applications and end products, knowing a metal's melt source is important; for others, it might not matter much, if at all. But, in times when a metal's melt source matters, it matters a lot.Read More
Posted by: Mark Anderson on August 23, 2017
When you have specific timing requirements for your order, finding a vendor who can supply you with a reasonable lead time can be difficult. But there are strategies for keeping your project on-time and ensuring you get the metal products you need in the quality your project requires.
Here's how Mead Metals can help:Read More
Posted by: Mark Anderson on July 19, 2017
In the metal manufacturing industry, there are numerous steps a metal moves through in its journey from the mill, through the manufacturing process, and into the hands of the end user. As the material changes hands, there need to be measures in place to ensure the quality and the consistency of the metal.
For instance, heat lots.Read More
Posted by: Mark Anderson on April 29, 2017
When a customer order comes through, it's up to you to find a supplier who can fill that need. While it may sound simple, you know how time intensive it can be to satisfy a customer order. Follow these time management tips to ensure your next metal order is fulfilled on-time and meets your customer's needs.Read More