The Surprisingly Simple Difference: 316 & 316L Stainless Steel

What’s the difference between 316 & 316L stainless steel? The answer is surprisingly simple. It’s the carbon content. 316 stainless steel has a max carbon content of 0.08%. 316L stainless has a max carbon content of 0.03%. How do you remember which is which? 316L has a Low carbon content. Easy peasy. Why does it … Continue reading The Surprisingly Simple Difference: 316 & 316L Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Welding: Choosing the Best Types of Steel

What makes a stainless steel good for welding? The secret is in the alloy ratios. All quality welding requires a high level of material weldability. Weldability is affected by the chemical composition of the metal. For example, steels with higher levels of carbon aren’t as weldable due to their low ductility. So, which types of stainless steel should you use … Continue reading Stainless Steel Welding: Choosing the Best Types of Steel

5 Benefits of Stainless Steel Tubing for Commercial Projects

Benefits of Stainless Steel Tubing for Commercial and Industrial Projects Why does America love stainless steel tubing? For a few reasons: 1.  There are many different stainless steel alloys. You’re guaranteed to find the right mix of metals for your exact application. Industrial and commercial projects generally require tougher stainless steel alloys. Commonly, 300-series steels … Continue reading 5 Benefits of Stainless Steel Tubing for Commercial Projects

9 Metal Manufacturing Myths That Need to Die in a Fire

Metal manufacturing, like other types of manufacturing, has been struggling with global economic shifts such as China’s continuing manufacturing developments, and Brexit’s impact on the stock market and world trade. Along with this barrage of economic problems, metal manufacturing is still fighting long-disproven myths and misconceptions. These doubts may have been legitimate ten, fifty, or a hundred years ago, but … Continue reading 9 Metal Manufacturing Myths That Need to Die in a Fire

Metal Tubing vs. Plastic Tubing: Metal Pipe, Plastic Pipe – What’s the Difference?

Are you trying to decide between metal tubing and plastic tubing for your project? Like anything else, the best material for you depends on your specific application and needs. In some cases, metal tubing will be best; in others, plastic will come out on top. Here are the major differences, pros and cons, and best … Continue reading Metal Tubing vs. Plastic Tubing: Metal Pipe, Plastic Pipe – What’s the Difference?