Stainless Steel Uses In Bridges

Stainless steel is a revolutionary material that has produced countless advances in all manner of industries. But perhaps no arena has been more transformed by the many benefits of stainless steel than architecture and engineering. Because of its tremendous strength, corrosion resistance properties, and aesthetic appeal, stainless steel can be found in modern bridges around…

Aluminum Uses in Electrical Shielding

Anyone who works with electronics, especially with electrical appliances and other similar applications, understands the importance of electrical shielding. This is the process by which an electromagnetic field is blocked with a barrier that is used to isolate an electrical signal from its surroundings. There are many materials that can be used for electrical shielding,…

Welding Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is renowned for its many beneficial attributes that have profoundly affected a wide variety of industries.  Since its development more than a hundred years ago, stainless steel has been prized for its high strength and corrosion resistance at an affordable price point.  These benefits include many welding applications as well. If you are…

Uses For Stainless Steel Pipes

Stainless steel, since its development more than a hundred years ago, has become one of the world’s most popular and versatile materials, and is now indispensible in a variety of industries. This includes a number of uses specifically for stainless steel pipes, which benefit from the metal’s many positive properties. While steel had been around…

Why Is ISO Certification So Important?

We’re probably all familiar with the ISO certification that many facilities and products feature, but what exactly does this number represent, and where does it come from? Among the most common certifications is ISO 9001, also represented as ISO 9001:2015. Let’s take a look at where this abbreviation comes from and what it indicates about…

Stainless Steel Uses in Engineering

Stainless steel, because of its versatility, strength, and affordability, is commonly found in nearly every industry. Everyone is familiar with the home uses for stainless steel, as it has become nearly ubiquitous in kitchen applications thanks to its corrosion resistance properties, including utensils, appliances, sauce pans, and containers. Of course, there’s much more to stainless…

304 Stainless Steel in Seawater

The selection of a particular material for an industrial application is important under any circumstances, as even slight differences in an alloy’s chemical makeup leads to vastly different performances. However, when your application must withstand an extreme environment, then having the right material with the suitable durability and resistance becomes imperative. This is especially true…

304 Stainless Steel Tubing

Stainless steel, with its versatility and other tremendous benefits, is available in all shapes and sizes, not to mention the many different alloys and grades that it comes in. For manufacturers who rely on stainless steel for their industrial and commercial applications, knowing which material to choose can require a great deal of testing and…

Stainless Steel 303 Verses 304

Stainless steel offers many advantages that make it a desirable material for a wide variety of applications. Top of the list is the tremendous diversity of alloys available, meaning that steel can be adapted to fit nearly any imaginable use. Just as an example, the alloy designated as 316 is commonly used in both the…

304 True Bar Verses 304 Sheared and Gauered Bar

Manufacturers understand the importance of selecting the right materials for a particular application. When working with metal, there have been so many advances in stainless steel and aluminum that even minute differences between alloys, or even between various shapes and extrusions, can lead to widely varying results when incorporated into modern day production processes. This…

304 Stainless Steel Sheet Uses

When it comes time to pick a material for your product or manufacturing process, characteristics such as weight, strength, corrosion resistance, and cost are usually top of mind. That is what has made stainless steel such an important metal for the past one hundred years. With so many alloys to choose from, there most likely…

Kasto Win A 4.6 Saw

If you have been working in industrial metals for a while, then you are probably familiar with the wide array of saw options that you have at your disposal. Especially when using aluminum, it is important to be able to shape and fit your material both precisely and efficiently. That’s why a good saw is…

Aluminum Alloy Uses in Engineering

Few materials have revolutionized such a vast number of industries as aluminum. Dating back to the late 19th century when the process for smelting aluminum was first developed, allowing for its large-scale production, this element has become an increasing part of our everyday lives, whether we are aware of it or not. From aviation to…

Uses for Aluminum Alloys in Boats

The first thoughts many people have when they think about the industrial uses of aluminum alloys are often beverage cans or aircraft, two important examples of how aluminum has transformed modern industries. But while boats may not be among the most well-known applications for aluminum, the marine industry has undergone a technological revolution thanks to…

6061 Aluminum VS. 5052

With so many excellent and versatile aluminum alloys on the market to choose from, manufacturers have to be very careful in making their selections. Now more than ever, the need to match the right alloy to the right application is one of the primary factors in the success of a business. Your customers want to…

M-5 Aluminum vs M1 Aluminum

Manufacturers know that when it comes to choosing an aluminum alloy, there are plenty of choices. Aluminum’s versatility and adaptability are part of what makes it so popular. However, it can also be difficult to know which specific alloy will perform best in any given application. This can be especially true when choosing between two…

6061 VS. 7075

The rising popularity of aluminum, a trend that has continued for decades, began with the diversification of alloys in the early 20th century. In particular, the bourgeoning aircraft industry of the 1930’s spurred the rapid development of new alloys that were extremely light and extremely strong, perfect for airplanes. Two of those new alloys were…

Aluminum Uses In Trains

Riding the rails isn’t as popular as it was 100 years ago, but trains still play a crucial role in a number of industries, including transportation, manufacturing, and logistics. Trains have come a long way from their steam and iron origins, and aluminum has had a lot to do with the modernization of the railway…

Aluminum Uses In Architecture

Aluminum has been a popular material for architects for close to a century, prized for its versatility and strength. Its history as a building material is an interesting look at how a metal that was barely understood quickly revolutionized not only architecture, but many other industries as well. Prior to two hundred years ago, humanity…

Aluminum Uses In Construction

There are few metals that afford a comparable combination of versatility and affordability to what aluminum offers. It is one of the most abundantly available non-ferrous metals on the planet, and although it is unavailable directly, and must be extracted from bauxite, its prevalence in the twentieth century has led to countless innovations that have…

ATP-5 vs K100S

When it comes time to select an aluminum tooling plate product, manufacturers, no matter what the industry, must consider a number of factors that will impact the efficiency, quality, and cost of the production process. Two of the most popular tooling plate alloys are ATP-5 from Vista Metals and K100-s from Alpase, and it can…

Alumold vs. Steel (P20)

Aluminum and steel are among the most commonly used materials in industrial processes, and for good reason. These popular metals offer many benefits and can be employed in a wide range of applications. Traditionally, each metal has served very distinct needs, and wouldn’t have been considered direct competitors when it comes to making decisions about…

The Best Aluminum For Anodizing

Manufacturers who frequently work with metal understand the importance of the anodizing process. Anodizing is an electrochemical procedure in which a metal surface is altered so that it has a durable, corrosion-resistant finish. The protective layer is formed from an anodic oxide that will last much longer than the original surface. Aluminum is one of…

The Best Aluminum Alloys For Molds

A lot of considerations go into industrial moldmaking, but many producers focus only on the bottom line. The drive to reduce costs affects every part of the production process, and so finding a material that not only meets all the parameters required by the job but also is competitive in terms of price, is extremely…

Alumold vs. Steel

When it comes to industrial processes, the two most commonly used metals are aluminum and steel. There has often been a clear distinction between applications that are best served by using steel, and those that generally employ aluminum. But with the constant innovation that is happening in the realm of aluminum alloys, even some of…

Best Aluminum Alloys for Tooling

In manufacturing, tooling is the process of producing the required components and machines for any given job. Manufacturing aids, or tools, including jigs, gauges, fixtures, molds, cutting tools, and specialized patterns that are of limited use on a specific production line or operation, must be produced in such as a way that they can operate…

Duramold-2 vs 6061, A Comparison

As every manufacturer knows, picking the proper material for a job is one of the most important factors for success when it comes to making products that are of superior quality and consistent performance. Many factors go into selecting the correct aluminum including cost, adaptability, versatility, durability, and final surface finish requirements. In addition to…

Best Aluminum Alloys For Machining

Aluminum, because of its flexibility and adaptability, as well as its numerous alloys, has a range of industrial uses, including tooling and welding. It’s low cost and formability means that it’s ideal for prototyping, and its particular properties make it popular in all sorts of applications and products. But one area that requires a great…

The Best Aluminum Alloys For Welding

When it comes to welding, choosing the right material is one of the most important considerations for a manufacturer. This is especially true when you are working with aluminum. With so many alloys to chose from, and with so much versatility and adaptability, it’s critical that you do your research and find the one that…

Aluminum Alloys Used In Guns

As a material that is renown for its low density, versatility, and strength, aluminum is critical to a wide swath of industries, from aerospace to food and beverage. Its natural attributes also make aluminum a key material in the manufacture of guns and gun accessories. Because of its lightweight when compared to steel and other…

How is Aluminum used in Thermoform Tooling?

Thermoform tooling is a manufacturing procedure for producing the tools needed in the thermoforming process. When thermoforming, the molds used to form the plastic could be made up of many different materials, such as wood or steel. However, one of the most cost effective and adaptable materials used in thermoform tooling is aluminum. Aluminum thermoforming…

Hokotol vs. 7075

Hokotol, which is a brand name for a modified 7050 series alloy, and 7075 are zinc-rich aluminum alloys that are used to manufacture a wide range of products. With that in mind, here is detailed look at both of these alloys. What is Hokotol? HOKOTOL was originally developed as a high-strength aluminum alloy for the…

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Hokotol vs. QC-10

At Clinton Aluminum, we strive to provide the best quality alloys for all our clients’ fabrication needs. Various industries we serve include electronics production, building construction, machine construction, and many more. One of our most popular products is Hokotol, and it’s frequently compared to the alloy QC-10. Both have similar properties, and Hokotol has gotten…

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Aluminum Uses in Gauges and Fixtures

Aluminum is the Earth’s most abundant metal and an incredibly versatile material. The combination of aluminum’s ductility, low density, high corrosion resistance along with its cost effectiveness, makes it a high-quality metal material that can easily be manipulated for a multitude of uses. Among its many functions, aluminum is a durable material choice for the…

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Aluminum Alloys Used in Auto Industry

Aluminum is used as a strong material for various applications, though one of the most popular applications is in the automobile industry. Through the use of this strong, yet lightweight material, numerous products are able to be manufactured and distributed while being safe, effective and efficient at what they were made to do. While there…

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High Speed CNC Machining

Computer numerical control (CNC) machining is a manufacturing process that utilizes computers to oversee and control various machine tools, including lathes, routers, and mills. The process is used all around the world, particularly in the metalworking sector. Companies that utilize dies or molds in their manufacturing process are particularly affected by CNC machining, and it’s…

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Aluminum Uses in Thermoform Tooling

When it comes to the use of aluminum thermoforming, it refers to a process by which tools are produced from machined billet plates of aluminum under both certain temperatures and pressures. While many elect to use wood for this purpose, aluminum serves as the go-to option for lasting design and functionality purposes. Thermoform tooling, when…

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Tsune Circular Saw

The Tsune TK5M-150GL is an industrial circular saw designed for high-volume cutting. This particular machine is designed specifically for cutting aluminum and comes equipped with a six inch diameter blade. The TK5M is specifically designed with industrial applications in mind and is extremely durable, weighing a little over 5,000 lbs. Why Use Circular Saws? Circular…

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Linear Mold Story In Manufacturing Today

Clinton ran an advertisement in Manufacturing Today to support our customer, Linear Mold. Linear Mold has been a customer of Clinton’s since their founding in 2003, and we are very happy to see their continued growth! View the entire article by mousing over the “THINKING LINEAR.” The section will turn yellow and click it to read the…

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Which Aluminum Alloy Bends Best?

“Which aluminum alloy bends the best?” is a a common question customers want the answer to. In this post, we’ll explain it to you. Background In high purity forms, aluminum is soft and ductile. Bending is a delicate and demanding process most of the time and common fabricating processes require a degree of formability that…

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How Different Alloys Were Developed

An alloy is a mixture of at least two or more metallic elements, usually made for the purpose of creating a new product which has greater strength and/or corrosion resistance. In this post, we’ll share how different alloys were developed. 6061 6061 aluminum was first introduced in 1935 and has gone on to become one of…

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Specially Customized Aluminum Extrusions

In addition to being the Midwest’s # 1 supplier of aluminum and stainless steel plate products, Clinton is also a leader in providing specially customized aluminum extrusions. We work with our customer’s engineering department to determine the exact size and shape needed for their application and once the prints are finalized, they are sent to…

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Anodizing of the CT&J Plate

The 5083 Cast Tool & Jig Plate is designed to respond well to bright dip anodizing, a process which enhances both the aesthetic appeal and durability of an aluminum product. What Is Anodizing? Anodizing is a form of electrolytic passivation which adds an additional layer of oxide on the surface layer of the metal. There…

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Which Plate Products Offer The Best Flatness Tolerance?

Clinton Aluminum offers two different aluminum plate products with superior flatness tolerance: the ATP-5 Aluminum Tooling Plate, and the K100-S Aluminum Tooling Plate. These two products offer different strengths and capabilities depending on what you desire. They both are recognized as superior aluminum choices for precision machine work. Aluminum plates offer several advantages over steel…

Duramold 5 Aluminum Machined Into Table

Clinton Aluminum, in partnership with Vista Metals, provided a block of Duramold 5 aluminum for a customer open house and demonstration. Paragon Die and Engineering, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has entered into a partnership with Fidia and Delcam to assemble Fidia machinery in Paragon’s facility. To demonstrate the capability of this new machine, Paragon…

Kitchener, Ontario Facility Closing

Clinton Aluminum today announced the closing of their Kitchener, Ontario facility, effective at the end of this month. Orders currently on the books in Kitchener will be fulfilled by the end of the month. Taking of new orders will be consolidated into the Clinton Aluminum call center in northeast Ohio, effective immediately. Clinton Aluminum will continue to…

Cast Tool And Jig Plate Products Now In Stock

Clinton Aluminum is now stocking cast tool and jig plate product in metric thicknesses of 10mm, 15mm, 20mm, and 25mm These items are domestically produced to the same exacting flatness and finish tolerances of Clinton’s standard cast tool and jig plate inventory. These new stock sizes complement Clinton’s already industry-leading inventory of aluminum plate products,…

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Conflict Minerals

“Conflict Minerals” are minerals containing tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold such as cassiterite, columbrite-tantalite, coltan, and wolframite which originate in countries of conflict including: Angola, Burundi, Congo Republic, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Zambia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. A significant portion of the profits from mining are used to finance…

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OESA study

Clinton is proud to be a sponsor of the 2013 OESA vendor tooling study. This study covers every aspect of the $10B vendor tooling market. Data was compiled from all the North American OEM automakers, 25 Tier One suppliers, and 50 tooling suppliers. Clinton Aluminum is the largest distributor of aluminum mold plate in North…