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  • Why Steel Corrodes (and Solutions to Prevent It)

    Why Steel Corrodes (and Solutions to Prevent It)0

    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 is susceptible to corrosion. Over time, it may develop a layer of corrosion that gradually

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  • What is Vulcanized Rubber?

    What is Vulcanized Rubber?0

    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 are made of vulcanized rubber. To learn more about vulcanized rubber and how it differs

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  • Common Mistakes to Avoid when Resourcing Fabricated Metal Products

    Common Mistakes to Avoid when Resourcing Fabricated Metal Products0

    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 lot more to doing it with success.  The first and most important step is to

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  • 5 Fun Facts About Tungsten

    5 Fun Facts About Tungsten0

    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, there are probably some things you don’t know about. Below are five fun facts about

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  • What is a Bill of Materials?

    What is a Bill of Materials?0

    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 history of a part, then the bill of materials (BOM) contained therein is the recipe.

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  • Why Zinc Is Used in So Many Alloys

    Why Zinc Is Used in So Many Alloys0

    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 production of many alloys. Brass, for instance, is an alloy consisting primarily of copper and

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