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  • What Are The Steel Cutting Options?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

    Very rarely does steel come in the shape or size needed. The plate is cut using one of the various methods available, usually thermal or erosion cutting. When steel is cut using a thermal process, heat is used to melt the metal. This is also known as burning. Burning has four major methods to accomplish…

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    Welding Wire: FAQ

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    WELDING WIRE: FAQ – WHAT IS WELDING WIRE? A welding wire is a slim metallic rod that is ignited to generate a heated arc for the purpose of fusing metal pieces together (welding) by rendering the wire soft via hammering or compressing under an applied heat source. Or to put it simply, the wire is the medium that is used to fuse tw..

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  • Flatness In Steel

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2019

    So, what exactly are we talking about when we mention flatness in steel? It’s simply the amount of space between the plate and a perfectly flat surface. One way it is measured is by placing the sheet on a flat surface and determining the distance from the surface to the highest point of the sheet, then…

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  • How is Steel Made?

    Posted on Monday, April 1, 2019

    Items we use every day come from steel- paperclips, tools, and cars to name a few. Sometimes you may wonder how those items are made, but have you ever wondered how the steel itself is made? Sir Henry Bessemer developed the first process for affordably manufacturing steel in 1856 called the Bessemer process. This process has become highly popular…

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  • Common Industry Terms

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2018

    We put together a short list of terms often used in the steel industry as a quick reference guide. While this does not give you the full meaning of the term, we hope it will provide some assistance while navigating our site and this industry! AR – Abrasion Resistant. A type of steel that is tougher…

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  • Anneal, Normalize, & Stress Relieve

    Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    In order to understand what annealing, normalizing and stress relieving is, we first need to understand what heat treatment is. The heat treat process is used to change physical or chemical properties of a material through austenitizing (heating material to a high temperature), quenching (quick cooling of material), and tempering (reheating plate at a relatively…

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  • Quenching & Tempering

    Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    Steel is strong to begin with, but sometimes it’s necessary to make it even stronger. One of the common treatments to achieve this is quenching and tempering. This is a process that strengthens and hardens iron-based alloys by heating, rapidly cooling, and reheating. When steel is heated above a certain point, the grain (molecular) structures…

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  • Hardness Vs. Hardenability

    Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

    Two words commonly heard in the metal industry are hardness and hardenability. Derived from the same root, but a very different meaning. Hardness is a characteristic of the steel, while hardenability is describing an ability of the steel. In order to understand hardness, we first need to go through the process of determining this characteristic.…

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  • 11 Elements Found in Steel & Why They’re There

    Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018

    Making steel is just like baking- each type has its own recipe and variations to get what you’re looking for. Sticking to the recipe is key in baking. If you add too much flour, your cake will be dry. If you add an extra egg, it’ll be richer. Think of steel in that way, except…

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  • Thermal Cracking & How To Avoid It

    Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    If you live in an area where the weather is a bit unpredictable, but you can always count on the winters being cold, then this post is for you. If you don’t, then it’s still for you because your steel might be coming from a cold area. In Cleveland, we have been working with days…

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