What is Arc Rectification?

Everyone in the manufacturing and fabrication fields is familiar with the challenges posed by welding aluminum. One of those challenges is known as arc rectification; today I’ll be explaining what it is, whether you need to worry about it and what to do if you encounter it. Welding aluminum is not as straightforward as working…

How Strong Is Aluminum?

How Strong Is Aluminum? Aluminum has a lot of amazing features. It’s famous for being extremely lightweight and has a great deal of flexibility, making it adaptable to any number of applications. It’s 100 percent recyclable, and thus one of the most sustainable metals we have at our disposal. It has advantages when it comes…

How Sustainable Is Aluminum

What Are The Sustainability Advantages Of Aluminum? When you run your own business (or are responsible for the purchasing decisions of a company), it’s tempting to ignore concepts like sustainability and just focus on profit. But in the 21st century, there are plenty of reasons for paying attention to the sustainability of your business. This…

Aluminum Uses in Aircraft

Aluminum is an amazing metal that has transformed many different industries over the past one hundred years. Nowhere is this probably more true than the aircraft industry. Due to aluminum’s advantages over other metals, including its light weight and incredible strength, airplanes rely on this material in order to be a safe, affordable, feasible form…

Stainless Steel Uses in Aircraft

Modern aircraft are amazing feats of technology and engineering. They are built to be durable, safe, and as efficient as possible, and so they rely on the most advanced materials available on the market today. That’s why it should come as no surprise that all types of airplanes contain a variety of stainless steel alloys.…

Does bending metal make it stronger?

Manufacturers who work with metal know that one of the most important considerations of selecting a material is how strong it is. Factors such as strength, hardness, durability and toughness all make a difference to the quality of the final product. That’s why we are constantly getting questions about the strength of various alloys. That…

What are the Physical Properties of the Aluminum 6061 Plate vs. 7075 Plate?

Aluminum plate has a host of tremendous benefits that make it a popular choice among manufacturers. Whether you are drawn to it for the tremendous strength-to-weight ratio, excellent corrosion resistance or well-recognized aesthetic qualities, aluminum offers you the ability to produce competitive products at an affordable cost. Additionally, your customers will be happy with aluminum’s…

Why Does Quenching Make Metal Brittle?

Metalworkers have to be multitalented.  Not only do they need to have experience with many different techniques for working metal to the desired specifications, but they also must be familiar with how various types of metal respond to those techniques. Even with regards to a single type of metal, such as aluminum, each distinct alloy…

What Aluminum Alloys Can Be Anodized?

Aluminum is one of the most popular metals in use today; it has had a profound impact on nearly every industry.  Though it was only first commercialized a little over a century ago, constant developments since then have led to an increasing diversification of what aluminum can do and the introduction of even more advanced…

Passivating Stainless Steel & Aluminum

Corrosion is one of the concerns that keep designers and engineers up late at night worrying.  If the right materials aren’t specified from the beginning, then the durability of a product or structure can become significantly compromised after only a few years, or even sooner.  That’s why the development of modern metals such as aluminum…

Why Doesn’t Stainless Steel Rust?

Steel has been an important metal in the human industry for thousands of years.  In fact, the earliest known production of steel dates back to an archaeological site in Anatolia nearly 4,000 years ago. The Roman military was known to use steel, and early civilizations used it in weapons, tools, and construction.  As prized as…

Normalizing Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is an amazing metal that has made possible many modern advancements in all types of industries.  Its versatility has allowed for the development of a wide variety of alloys; no matter what the application, there’s usually an appropriate stainless steel.  It’s also much more cost effective than most other materials, especially for the…

The Differences Between Flame Cutting, Plasma Cutting and Water Jet Cutting

Anyone who works with metals on a regular basis understands the importance of having the right processing methods. Different metals, such as aluminum and stainless steel, have very different properties and will be easier or harder to cut depending on their particular characteristics.  Complicating matters even further, the increasing diversity in high performance alloys means…

Aluminum Uses in Lithographic Plates

Aluminum is one of the most versatile and adaptable materials available for industrial use.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that the commercialization of this amazing metal has transformed our society and unlocked an unprecedented level of technological and industrial progress.  This includes the rapid developments that are happening in the area of offset lithography…

Aluminum Uses In High Pressure Gas Cylinders

Most people don’t realize how ubiquitous and indispensable aluminum has become in their daily lives.  When someone mentions the word aluminum they might think of foil or beverage cans, but nearly every industry has been transformed by the tremendous diversity and many benefits of aluminum alloys.  This includes the proliferation of high-pressure gas cylinders. Gas…

Stainless Steel Uses in Chemical, Processing and Oil & Gas Industries

Stainless steel is an amazing metal that has transformed nearly every industry since it’s development more than a century ago.  From the medical to aerospace industries, the revolutionary metal has boosted technological advancements and made previously impossible achievements a regular, everyday occurrence.  One popular category of production that often doesn’t get as much attention as…

Is Stainless Steel Magnetic?

One of the most important considerations that a manufacturer or product designer will need to address is whether or not the materials they use can be magnetic. Unfortunately, this is frequently a question that is postponed until the last minute, or which is ignored altogether. This can often be a mistake, and we recommend anyone…