Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on March 9, 2023 | 3 min. read

Selecting the best type of metal for your specific project can be overwhelming. There are so many types of metals to choose from, each with their own unique characteristics. Not to mention, the type of metal you choose can affect the appearance, durability, and cost. If you’re in a similar situation and don’t know where to start, turn to these three simple steps. 

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Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on January 9, 2023 | 3 min. read

Steel, a variant of iron with carbon added, often has other elements added to it in order to prepare it for processing and industrial use. While you may have heard of tempering, not all steelmaking processes involve heating the steel to its recrystallization temperature. Cold rolling, for example, is a popular treatment process that strengthens steel into a product called Cold Rolled Steel.

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Common Uses for Copper

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on December 2, 2022 | 3 min. read

Copper has a long history of decorative and functional purposes. In fact, this easily-identifiable golden/reddish material dates back thousands of years. Currently, copper exists in our homes, vehicles, and electronic devices. Today, I'll cover some unique properties and common uses for this versatile, time-tested alloy. 

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Types of Magnetic Metals (LIST)

Posted by: Mark Anderson on November 17, 2022 | 7 min. read

Everyone is familiar with magnets, but have you ever wondered what it means to be magnetic? Or perhaps, what properties make metal magnetic? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s look at some of the basic properties of magnetic metals, the different types, and some common uses. 

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What are the Strongest Metals?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on October 26, 2022 | 4 min. read

What is the strongest metal on earth? It may sound like a simple question, but the answer is quite complex because comparing metals based on strength doesn’t work as you'd think. Why?

For starters, there isn’t a universal scale for strength. At best, there are four. Keep reading to discover these four different types of strength as they relate to metallurgy. From there, you will gain better insight into metals leading the pack in terms of strength.

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Will Stainless Steel Rust?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on September 19, 2022 | 3 min. read

Stainless steel is one of the most widely used metals in a broad range of industries. Thanks to its malleable nature and strong corrosion resistance, it’s highly desirable for many manufacturers seeking low-maintenance metal material for their products. You can find stainless steel products throughout the automotive, food processing and handling, and medical industries and in many of your everyday household items.

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4 Time Management Tips for Purchasing Managers

Posted by: Mark Anderson on September 2, 2022 | 3 min. read

When a customer places an order, it’s up to you to find a supplier who can fulfill it. Although that may sound simple, time management is essential in the procurement process.

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How Long Does Copper Last Outside?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on August 31, 2022 | 2 min. read

As many of us in the industry know, Copper (CU) tends to be one of the most sought-after metals for outdoor use. Copper’s properties make it durable and highly resistant to corrosion and weather, allowing it to stand the test of time for hundreds to thousands of years. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why many manufacturers, architects, and construction professionals rely on copper for outdoor applications.

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How Market Volatility Affects Steel Prices and What That Means for Order Quantities

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on July 20, 2022 | 3 min. read

If you’ve paid any attention to the news over the past two years, you’ve noticed markets across many industries falling victim to volatility brought on by lagging production and increased demand. Many influences have caused this, most notably the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and the potential recessions many countries are currently facing. 

Steel is no stranger to fluctuating market conditions, and many fear the possibility of a volatile steel market where demand and price plummet, leaving suppliers with large quantities of steel and nobody to purchase. Let’s look at what market volatility is, what it means to the steel industry, what some of the causes may be, and how it affects demand and price. 

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Use These Basic Tests to Identify Metal

Posted by: Jim Wilber on April 14, 2022 | 5 min. read

The most important part of a metal-based project is knowing the exact materials you’re working with. Whether you’re determining which metal to use or trying to order more of an unknown metal you already have, accuracy is essential. 

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