Upset Forging Of Aluminum

In general, forging describes a type of metal forming process in which a workpiece is shaped using compressive forces, such as from the blows of a hammer. Upset forging involves compressing the length of the metal to increase its diameter, width or thickness. Of particular note in this process is it’s suitability for long parts.…

Aluminum In Electronic Vehicles

Aluminum has been an integral material in cars, trucks and other vehicles throughout their history, but it’s still surprising to learn about how new electric vehicles are so dependent on aluminum alloys.  It just goes to show that even after 100 years, aluminum is still undergoing tremendous innovations that are essential to industry. An overview…

What is the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)?

Many manufacturing companies’ expertise lies in design, materials, and manufacturing processes rather than economic trends and forecasts.  When it comes to understanding economic factors or predicting industry trends, dependable and unbiased information sources are critical.  The Purchasing Manager’s Index, or PMI, is one such credible source of data. The PMI is a valuable tool for…

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 meant to handle these extremes. One example of such a family of alloys is known…

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 or shaping metal plates or sheets rapidly and safely, particularly for high volume production programs.…

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 of metals like aluminum and stainless steel.  When the force exceeds the metal’s strength, adhesion…