Why Your Metal Service Center Needs to be RoHS and DFARS Compliant

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on April 20, 2022 | 4 min. read

If you work with metal, chances are you’ve heard about DFARS and RoHS. But what do they stand for? And what do they have to do with where your metal is melted?

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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 Read Mill Test Reports [Example]

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on December 14, 2020 | 2 min. read

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. 

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What Exactly is ISO Certified? And Why Does it Matter?

Posted by: Jim Wilber on June 17, 2020 | 4 min. read

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. 

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What Secondary Services Can I Get with My Metal Materials?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on May 18, 2020 | 2 min. read

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.

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What Certifications Can Customers Get with Their Order? [Video]

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on September 25, 2019 | 2 min. read

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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.

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Navigating the Murky Waters of Government Regulation

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on December 8, 2017 | 2 min. read

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.

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

Posted by: Mark Anderson on November 15, 2017 | 2 min. read

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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What are Conflict Minerals?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on August 9, 2017 | 2 min. read

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. 

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What Could Happen if Your Metal Vendor is Not Compliant

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on June 21, 2017 | 2 min. read

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. 

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