Posted by: Jim Wilber on February 25, 2019
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: 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: Brian Rothstein on October 15, 2018
We've all heard the phrase, "you get what you pay for," and when it comes to metal purchasing, this phrase definitely applies. To help you see how the price of metal products is oftentimes related to quality, we put together a handy infographic. Check it out:Read More
Posted by: Chris Schwartz on July 19, 2018
While many variables can cause issues in metal materials, it's important to recognize and identify any issues that could affect your project. Today, I'll cover a few common quality issues seen in metal products and explain the best time to spot them.Read More
Posted by: Chris Schwartz on January 17, 2018
It's true. When it comes to meeting the needs of our customers, quality is at the top of our priority list. When it comes to priorities within our company, safety comes first, but that's a story for another day. Today, I'll be covering additional details about our dedication to quality and how it helps us meet the needs of our customers.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: Jim Wilber on November 8, 2017
We work with lots of customers who require tight tolerances on their metal products. Tight metal tolerances can be critical for any number of reasons, and I'll discuss a few of those reasons below. After that, I'll cover how Mead Metals helps customers meet their tight tolerance needs. But first, the basics.Read More
Posted by: Sandy Crawford 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: 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: Brian Rothstein on June 14, 2017
Don't get me wrong, material price is important. We all have budgets to meet. But sourcing the lowest material price across the board and sourcing the lowest material price for your specific application are two very different things. When you have a project bound by quality requirements, sourcing at the lowest cost can drive costs up in other areas.Read More