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

How Can Metal Fabrication Fit Your Dream Supply Chain?

Does your current metal fabrication plan fit into your ideal supply chain? Or do they stretch it out so it looks like a particularly overcooked noodle? Here are some words that describe spaghetti noodles that you should never use to describe your supply chain: -Long -Flimsy -Unintelligent -Disorderly -Unscalable -Usually a mushy failure Unfortunately, metal fabrication can easily make your supply chain all … Continue reading How Can Metal Fabrication Fit Your Dream Supply Chain?

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

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Metal Manufacturing

If you’re new to the world of metal manufacturing, you’ll find these five facts interesting – and maybe helpful. Things You Didn’t Know About Metal Manufacturing 1.  Many metal manufacturers also offer engineering services. Many manufacturers employ manufacturing engineers to take care of the machinery, optimize current processes, and develop innovative new processes. These manufacturing engineers … Continue reading 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Metal Manufacturing

Corrosion of Tubular Steel Products Part 2: Prevention & Removal

More than other metals, stainless steel is used in many applications that require high levels of cleanliness and sanitation. Hospital equipment, medical tools, food service equipment, and restaurant kitchens are only a few common uses for stainless tubular steel products. Corroded stainless steel will not meet those high standards of cleanliness. Even in non-sanitary work and rough … Continue reading Corrosion of Tubular Steel Products Part 2: Prevention & Removal

Corrosion in Tubular Steel Products Part 1: Causes & Types

What Causes Corrosion of Tubular Steel Products? Corrosion is a chemical process that slowly causes the breakdown of a metal. In steel, both oxygen and moisture are needed to begin the corrosion process. Different steels corrode differently, and at different rates, depending on where they fall on the galvanic chart. Steels that are more anodic, such as … Continue reading Corrosion in Tubular Steel Products Part 1: Causes & Types

The Difference Between Carbon Steel Tubing and Mild Steel Tubing

Difference Between Carbon Steel Tubing and Mild Steel Tubing Technically, carbon steel tubing and mild steel tubing aren’t different types of metal at all. Mild steel is a type of carbon steel – the only difference is the amount of carbon added during the production process. Carbon steel is alloyed with up to 2% carbon. Any more … Continue reading The Difference Between Carbon Steel Tubing and Mild Steel Tubing