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.
Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on December 14, 2020
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.
Posted by: Jim Wilber on June 17, 2020
In a global marketplace, checks and balances need to be in place. Otherwise, it would be difficult to maintain consistency and quality across industries and nations. International standards help to keep a level playing field, and one such organization is ISO.Read More
Posted by: Brian Rothstein on May 18, 2020
When you’re in the market for metal material the first thing you need to find is a supplier who carries — or is able to source — the type of metal you need. Next, it’s about quantity. Some vendors only deal in larger quantities, making it difficult to source smaller volumes, like five or fifteen pounds. Once you’ve found the material type and the quantity, the next consideration is whether you need sheet or coil and what lengths and widths of materials you require.Read More
Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on September 25, 2019
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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.Read More
Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on December 11, 2017
RoHS and DFARS are both regulatory standards that apply to the metal industry. Today, I'll explain what RoHS and DFARS are and what industries they affect. Then, I'll explain why complying with these regulations matters and what it has to do with the metal service centers you work with.Read More
Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on December 8, 2017
Navigating the rules of government regulations, as they pertain to the metals and mining industry, can be tricky. You want to ensure the metals you source and sell meet all the necessary government and regulatory requirements. Below, I'll outline a few things you should be aware of.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: Dani Weinhandl on August 9, 2017
Today, I'll be covering one important topic related to compliance within the metal industry: conflict minerals. Read on for an explanation of what these minerals are and why it's important for metal vendors and manufacturers to know where their metal products are sourced.Read More
Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on June 21, 2017
Whether your top concerns are related to quality or compliance, sourcing from a material vendor who's compliant with current standards and regulations is a must. Working with a company that verifies their certifications allows you to place your order knowing the materials you'll receive meet regulations.Read More