Why Steel Corrodes (and Solutions to Prevent It)

An alloy of iron and carbon, steel is one of the most common materials used in the manufacturing industry. It’s used to make everything from screws and nails to bridges, railroads and more. Like many metals and alloys, though, steel … Read More

What is Vulcanized Rubber?

Rubber is often processed with heat and sulfur during production to improve its physical properties. A process known as vulcanization, it makes the rubber stronger as well as more elastic. From tires and footwear to keypads and gaskets, countless products … Read More

An Introduction to Titanium Alloy

Pure titanium is oftentimes mixed with other metals or chemical elements. Known as titanium alloy, the presence of these additional metals and chemical elements changes its physical properties. Pure titanium itself is relatively strong — about the same strength as … Read More

Steel vs Aluminum vs Brass Sheet Metal: What’s the Difference?

Consisting of flat sheets of metal — typically hot or cold rolled — sheet metal is used extensively in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing companies cut and reshape it to build various products. There are three primary types of sheet metal, … Read More

Common Mistakes to Avoid when Resourcing Fabricated Metal Products

It finally happens. A broken supply chain, a non performing vendor, a price increase, and the directive comes down to find a new supplier. The first instinct is to gather up the prints and go shopping, but there is a … Read More

5 Fun Facts About Tungsten

Featuring a grey-white color, tungsten is a versatile metal that’s used in a wide range of applications. It’s strong, conductive and exhibits many other properties that make it an attractive choice of metal. Even if you’re familiar with tungsten, though, … Read More

What is a Bill of Materials?

For every manufactured item from a spoon to a spacecraft there is a document known as a “blueprint”. Blueprints got their name from the ink color used in early document reproduction. If the blueprint is the birth certificate and life … Read More

Why Zinc Is Used in So Many Alloys

Featuring the atomic number 30, zinc is a bluish-silver metal that’s somewhat brittle at room temperature. While most people recognize zinc as an essential mineral — it boots the immune system and regulates metabolism — it’s also used in the … Read More

How Stainless Steel Is Made

From automotive engines and bicycles to hammers, screwdrivers and industrial machines, countless products are made of stainless steel. Over the past century, stainless steel has become increasingly common. You can now find it nearly everywhere you look. Even with its … Read More