What are ASTM Standards?

Posted by: Mark Anderson on September 9, 2021

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

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

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

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

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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Ensure You're Getting Domestically Melted and/or DFARS Compliant Metal

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. 

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How to Juggle Lead Time with Your Customer's Expectations

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:

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It Matters Where Heat Lots Come From

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. 

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4 Time Management Tips for Purchasing Managers

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. 

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