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A Guide to Aluminum Use in the Aerospace Industry

Posted by Don Ascione on March 10, 2016

Last fall, we examined the extensive role aluminum plays in the aerospace industry and how its unique properties provide abundant benefits for aircraft applications. The use of aluminum enables manufacturing companies to satisfy stringent aerospace standards at lower costs.

When compared with steel, another important material used for aerospace applications, the advantages of aluminum are apparent.

While steel is used for applications where strength is essential, aluminum provides important benefits that cannot be achieved with steel. Aluminum is lighter in weight, provides excellent corrosion resistance and delivers the strength required for many aircraft components.

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Topics: Aerospace Applications, aluminum, metals, coated steel

Titanium in the Aerospace Industry

Posted by Don Ascione on February 3, 2016

Titanium is a lightweight, yet strong, uniquely versatile metal.

These characteristics make titanium a preferred choice for use in the aerospace industry. By their very nature, aerospace applications demand parts that are both very light and extremely strong.

The lighter an object is, the easier it is to make it airborne; at the same time, passengers and cargo require protection from the high speeds and altitudes, so strength is also an important factor. Aerospace industry applications present a unique problem, and titanium is a uniquely qualified solution.

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Topics: metals, steel, coated steel

All About Coated Products

Posted by Don Ascione on January 20, 2016

Simply put, a coated product is any metal product, typically steel, that has been galvanized or otherwise coated by another protective material. These coatings enhance products' resistance to corrosion and other forms of wear, thereby reducing the need for upkeep and replacement. This includes steel plates, pipes, tubes, bars, wire, and more.

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Topics: metals, steel, coated steel

What Makes a "Pump Shaft Quality" Stainless Steel Bar?

Posted by Don Ascione on December 1, 2015

Pump shafts are stainless steel bars that can vary in shape depending on the pump application.  These bars, however, are manufactured to a higher standard than common steel bars.  Elevated requirements come from a variety of factors:

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Topics: stainless steel, buying steel bar, steel bar

Titanium Dioxide: How a Roof Coating Can Help Lower Air Pollution

Posted by Don Ascione on November 3, 2015

The topic of air pollution has become a central discussion point in today’s world. In the wake of present environmental issues, many people continue to look for effective ways to ameliorate the pollution harming the atmosphere. And while the task of alleviating air toxins is ordinarily allotted to plants and trees, new studies have shown that titanium dioxide roof tiles can help break down nitrogen oxides and remove it from the air.

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Topics: titanium, titanium distributor

Aluminum in the Aerospace Industry

Posted by Don Ascione on October 15, 2015

Aluminum is one of the most common metals in the world, with an expansive influence that touches lives every day. From covering dinner in the oven to providing structural elements of an aircraft, aluminum‘s light weight and high strength make it ideal for many applications

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Topics: Aerospace Applications, aluminum

Copper in the Medical Industry

Posted by Don Ascione on October 6, 2015

When a patient checks into a hospital, they expect to be given care that helps them overcome the illness or injury that they are suffering. For many, however, the reality is that they will endure some form of infection that was contracted in the hospital itself.
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Topics: industries, copper, medical

Titanium: For High Performance Automotive Applications

Posted by Don Ascione on August 6, 2015


Less mass = greater speed and better performance! 

Most of us know that cars go faster and burn less fuel if they weigh less but very few of us know how to reduce the weight.  In fact, many of the constructors we meet that design and build high-end race cars are very surprised to learn how many automotive parts and fasteners are now being manufacturer from titanium alloys.  It’s logical; titanium is stronger than steel and weighs 40% less.  Even Tesla (yes Tesla, not Ferrari) is using titanium sheet for underbody shields on their Model S sedan.

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Topics: titanium, automotive, F! racing

History and Composition: The Resilience of Stainless Steel

Posted by Don Ascione on July 22, 2015

Stainless steel has become such a common metal that it’s used in everything from home appliances and cutlery to chemical and pharmaceutical, medical, and oil and gas applications. It is so commonly seen by everyone that it is difficult to remember that there was a time when stai

nless steel did not exist. 

A History Lesson

Through the early 1900s, advances and discoveries were made that led to the industrialization of stainless steel. In 1912, an English researcher named Harry Brearley discovered stainless steel alloy while searching for ways to create gun barrels that were resistant to corrosion. After applying for a patent, Brearley discovered that an American named Elwood Haynes had also applied for a patent. Brearley and Haynes pooled their funds and formed the American Stainless Steel Corporation.

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Topics: stainless steel, steel, metal composition, construction metals

Mexico City Construction- On the Comeback Trail

Posted by Don Ascione on June 24, 2015

There's no denying that there was a serious slowdown in the construction industry in Mexico City around 2012 and 2013. General economic lethargy had a huge impact on construction, as both commercial and residential consumers worried about their financial futures. The end result was a Mexico City construction industry that contracted for 9 straight months in 2013 with an overall loss of 4.5%.

 As it turns out, it truly was the darkest before the dawn, as 2014 saw steady growth and the 4th quarter of last year saw Mexico's economy grow at its largest rate in two years. The GDP climbed 2.6% from 2013 to 2014, and most experts are predicting a breakout construction year in 2015.

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Topics: international sales, stainless steel, construction metals, construction, Mexico

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