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What’s The Difference Between Strip and Sheet Products?

Aluminum and stainless steel alloys come in a variety of standard product forms, strip and sheet being among them.  For those less familiar with the industry vernacular of aluminum and stainless steel, there is a difference between strip and sheet. … Read More

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The Aluminum Can Shortage ~ What is causing it and what grades are used in aluminum beverage cans?

There have been several reports spotlighting the global aluminum can shortage in recent years.  While such a news item is sure to create headlines, the truth of the matter is complicated, and the situation may impact other industries relying on … Read More

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The Importance of Safety in the Manufacturing Workplace

The Importance of Safety in the Manufacturing Workplace With so many things that manufacturers need to worry about given the current economic environment, whether it’s cutting costs, international trade tariffs, materials shortages or COVID-19 shutdowns, it’s easy to forget about … Read More

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Inconel Nickel-Based High-Temperature Alloys

Sometimes the standard grades of metal just aren’t enough to handle some of the harshest environments.  When manufacturers are faced with the challenges posed by excessive temperatures, severe corrosion, or other difficult obstacles, they must turn to special high-performance alloys … Read More

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What is a Press Brake Machine?

One option among metal fabrication methods is the press brake machine.  Powered press brakes have been around for almost a century, though manually operated brakes were first invented several decades earlier.  The press brake is a great tool for bending … Read More

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Galling of Aluminum and Stainless Steel

An important aspect of any part’s design and maintenance is the component’s resistance to wear.  Adhesive wear is the product of two metal surfaces being rubbed together.  Under a sufficient load, this will penetrate the oxide film on the surface … Read More

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Friction Stir Welding and Inertia Friction Welding

There are many options to choose from regarding welding techniques: MIG, TIG, arc and laser are just a few.  Friction welding has been a recent addition to the field of welding technologies available, and it has been gaining in popularity … Read More

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Ultrasonic Testing of Aluminum Plate

Ultrasonic testing (or USI, ultrasonic inspection) is one of the best ways to ensure that aluminum plate and other materials meet certain thresholds of material integrity.  It exposes hidden flaws and imperfections that would have otherwise gone undetected. What is … Read More

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Cold Spray Process for Repair of Aluminum Parts

Cold spraying is a technique that is prolonging the life of many high performance aluminum parts.  Durability is one of the advantages of aluminum but even the most resilient alloys are subject to wear and damage. A relatively recent development, … Read More

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Impact Extrusion Process

When specifying aluminum, how to process the material into the desired part reliably and cost-effectively is an important consideration.  Cold forming is one of the methods manufacturers employ to achieve this goal.  While there are a few options when it … Read More

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Duplex Stainless Steels

Stainless steel has become indispensable in countless different industries over the past one hundred years.  Since its inception in the early 20th century, metallurgists and material scientists have continued to develop new stainless steel alloys that perform better than industry … Read More

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Corrosion Resistance of Aluminum Alloy Families

Corrosion resistance is one of the foremost benefits of aluminum, as evidenced by its tremendous popularity among manufacturers and product designers.   It’s important to recognize that each family of aluminum alloys offers varying degrees of corrosion protection. Aluminum, despite only … Read More

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Machinability of Stainless Steel

Machinability is roughly defined as how easy it is to cut a particular kind of metal.  If a metal is easy to machine, it will require low power and will cut quickly without excessive wear of the cutting tool.  There … Read More

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Global Aluminum Smelting Capacity

Most people don’t put much thought into where aluminum comes from, but it’s something that manufacturers, fabricators, designers and consumers of aluminum products should give some thought to.  That’s because the global supply of raw aluminum has a direct impact … Read More

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Wear Resistant Coatings for Aluminum

Aluminum has dramatically impacted the way manufacturers design and build their products since its introduction over a century ago.  It’s combination of strength, light weight, versatility and corrosion resistance make it a cost effective choice for any industry. No material … Read More

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Common Alloy Aluminum Grades

Aluminum and its many alloys have transformed the way we build, move, and communicate.  It’s nearly impossible to name an industry that hasn’t been impacted in the past century by the introduction of aluminum alloys. There is a certain paradox … Read More

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