Welding Gases for Stainless Steel

Austenitic stainless steels are the most widely used group in the stainless steel family, which account for around 70% of all stainless steels fabricated. The weldability of these grades of stainless steel are usually very good but when it comes to selecting the welding gases best suited for your application, it’s always a good idea…
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Steel Plates and Steel Sheets

The Difference Between Steel Plates and Steel Sheets There are many different kinds of sheet metals including steel plates and steel sheets to name a few. Sheet metal can be made from almost any kind of metal such as copper and stainless steel and is exactly what the name states: metal rolled into sheets.  The…
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Flat Slab Building

Flat Slab Building – Versatile Reinforced Systems When every industry and sector is aiming for faster, cheaper and stronger, it’s no wonder that the building industry is leading the charge with valuable building innovations. Being in the steel industry allows us to watch with interest these advances and adjust our products accordingly. Flat slabs, or…
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The Future of Steel

What is the Future of Steel in Sustainable Energy? Without being overly dogmatic about predictions on the future of steel, we believe that this essential product has many good years left in it. Especially so when considered next to the growing demand for sustainable energy sources. A Sustainable Product We’ve talked at length about the…
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Plasma Cutting Costs Less

Since its inception in the 1960s, plasma cutting costs have been decreasing, and machine designs have been improving.  Plasma cutting is a cost-effective and versatile way to cut metals quickly and efficiently. It is especially useful when wanting to cut curved, angular pieces, or metals that have been painted, are old or dirty.  Easy Does…
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The Benefits Of Ring Rolling Steel

  Rolling or forging steel – what is the difference you might ask? And what are the benefits of ring rolling steel versus ring forging steel?  Let us have a quick look at the difference between traditional forging and ring rolling steel, and some of the benefits of the ring rolling process.  Forging on While…
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Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel -  Let’s Count the Functions Stainless steel – is there anything it can’t do? While it’s apparent that we are major steel advocates in manufacture, building and well – pretty much most areas of our modern life, we do enjoy the occasional wander into design and home décor to prove our point. Ubiquitous…
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Sustainable Steel Steps Up Again

In a world where plastic waste is a very real danger to so many species – including our own – steel is proving its worth again and again. The sustainability and versatility of steel compared to plastic has come under the spotlight and is resulting in innovative worldwide solutions. The Problem With Plastic One of…
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Understanding Tubes vs Pipes

When describing any long cylinder, the terms ‘pipe’ and ‘tube’ are often used interchangeably despite the fact that there are actually several differences between them.  Knowing when to use tubes vs pipes is thus rather important when it comes to determining the requirements for your projects. Tubes vs Pipes – Know the Difference TUBES Tubes…
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Why Use Butt-weld Fittings?

Connecting industrial pipe pieces that don’t overlap both reliably and economically is easy thanks to butt-weld fittings which are designed and manufactured to demanding standards. A butt-welding joint is created by a hot forming process which is the slow heating of two weld ends before they are joined together under pressure. The fitting is then…
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Hats Off to Drill Bits

Hats Off to Drill Bits – Tiny Manufacturing Warriors Those of us that spend our days in a manufacturing environment can easily take for granted the simple tools about us. Have you ever wondered, though, what drill bits must be made from in order to carve through the many substances that they are pitted against?…
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CNC Machining

How CNC Machining Benefits the Manufacturing Industry CNC machining or Computer Numeric Control machines have changed the face of the manufacturing industry thanks to the pre-programmed computer software dictating the movement of the factory tools and machinery and increasing overall efficiency. Companies who manufacture on a large scale can now get the quality and accuracy…
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Stainless Steel vs Copper

Stainless Steel vs Copper – The Pros and Cons The question of whether you should use stainless steel in plumbing or copper piping will ultimately depend on your budget, your area and the aesthetics of the building. While it’s naturally sensible to do further homework on this, is there really a significant difference of one…
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Advance Steel 2019 – What’s New?

From design to construction, the recent advances in the Autodesk software, Advance Steel, is still saving companies numerous days per project while at the same time keeping costs well within budget. As current users will already know, there has never before been such affordable software that can streamline the workflow process and cut out the…
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Best Tools For Cutting Sheet Metal

What Are The Best Tools For Cutting Sheet Metal? We’ve all heard the saying, “A bad worker blames his tools.” While this may be something of a cliché, it does highlight the key point of using the right tool for the right job. As we’re in the business of steel, we’d like to run through…
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How Does the Metal Recycling Process Work?

From cars to planes, refrigerators to computers, metal is an essential part of our everyday life. Of course, as with any product that eventually outlives its usefulness, even metal can factor in the global waste disposal crisis. However, most countries have metal recycling processes that we can all make full use of to get the…
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More than Surface Deep – Stainless Steel Finishes

When it comes to choosing stainless steel finishes, one needs to consider more than just the appearance of the material. Whatever the intended use, choosing the right finish is essential.   During your selection of stainless steel finishes, scratch resistance, appearance and colour stability should all be taken into consideration as these processes vary considerably.…
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Steel Building Frames

The Superiority of Steel Building Frames If you’re looking for a way of building that offers quality, is cost and energy efficient and goes up rather quickly, we’ve got some fantastic news for you. Light steel building frames are now a reality for the South African steel and building industries.   While the steel framing…
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Steel Versus Wood in the Sustainability Issue

As the global move toward green buildings and sustainable building practices gains ground, we unearth more and more valuable information on how and why we do what we do. One debate that has arisen over the years is the role of steel versus wood as a sustainable building material. On the surface, we think of…
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Cleaning Stainless Steel Products is Simple

Yes, we love the shine and longevity of stainless steel. What we have all found though, is that it’s not always as stainless as we’d like to think. Thankfully, cleaning stainless steel is an easy task and one which requires no harsh chemicals or hours of weekend time. Take a look at your stainless steel…
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Fit For Purpose

What Are The Main Differences Between Steel and Aluminium Lightweight, highly resistant to corrosion and easy to form – aluminium certainly has a great deal to offer. Dense, heat resistant with a high strength to weight ratio, steel forms the frame work of most of the buildings in our modern world. These two ubiquitous materials…
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The Role of Steel Structures in Natural Disasters

The world continues to reel from natural disasters – from runaway fires to hurricanes. The most recent event, Tropical Cyclone Idai, has been cited as one of the worst cyclones on record to affect Africa. The damage to property in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi was devastating with over 800 people lost and hundreds missing. In…
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Steel Innovations Are On The Rise

It really is an incredible time to be alive! The rate at which technology is evolving is breath-taking and grants out-of-the-box thinkers all new platforms on which to build their – frankly – genius products. As we are within the steel industry, we’d like to take a stroll through some of the most pioneering, fun…
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Steel In Solar – Another Check for Sustainability

The Atacama Desert in Chile is 50 times drier than Death Valley with daytime temperatures hovering around 40°C and plummeting to 5°C overnight. The El Romero solar farm which went online in 2017 resides in this blistering environment faithfully delivering its 200+ Megawatts despite the corrosive desert winds and extreme temperatures.  One of the key…
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Metal Shearing – Cutting Edge Tech at Your Fingertips

It’s a great option as it’s both fast and cheap! No, we’re not talking about 5G connectivity, nor are we referring to the latest small hatchback. What we’re referring to here is the process of metal shearing, also known as guillotining. The word guillotine certainly brings to mind mid-century head removal techniques which are –…
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There’s No Cutting Corners With CNC Machining

Computer-numerical control (CNC) machining is synonymous with fast, accurate and safe manufacturing processes. The evolving speed and accuracy of these systems make for super-efficient production of complex parts, and alongside technologies like 3D printing and injection moulding – is revolutionising what we know to be possible. We know that time is money, and this is…
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We’re Looking Out for Green Steel

We well know that steel manufacturing is an environmentally costly process. As it stands, creating one tonne of steel releases two tonnes of C0₂, as well as being a major consumer of fossil fuels. However, the need for steel has yet to abate, as it is essential in the survival and employment of many countries.…
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Steel Tendons – When Stress is a Good Thing

Steel tendons in the form of a high tensile-strength wire (cables or wire rope) have proven their worth in construction over the years. In order to counteract the expected applied load in concrete structures, pre-tensioning or post-tensioning is a smart and proven way forward. Pre-tensioning with Steel Tendons Pre-tensioning is a process which occurs before…
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Waterjet Cutting “Steels” The Show

There is no denying the power and versatility of water. Just watch waves crashing onto the rocks or torrential rain as it washes away anything in its path – it’s definitely a force to be reckoned with. Manufacturers have harnessed this phenomenal power in the form of waterjets for use in precision steel cutting. The…
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The Science Behind Hardening Steel

Steel – as incredible a medium as it is - is simply too soft to be used for many applications. Think about tools, machine parts and dies which need to be a good deal harder than the products that they are drilling, forming or shaping. It’s for this reason that various treatments and metals are…
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Steel Containers

 – An Exciting and Versatile Recycling Project We all understand that steel is recyclable and used in a plethora of applications. But, did you know how steel containers are being used once they have reached their sell-by date? In an eco-friendly world where recycling is the new black and is a cheaper and more acceptable…
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Stainless Steel and Superalloys in Turbine Engines

For those of us who are fortunate enough to travel internationally, we may take for granted the components that make up the incredibly robust body of the air carrier we are in – or maybe not. Let’s face it, at 35,000 feet above the ground there is little margin for error which means the materials…
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How Does Powder Coating Work?

What do bicycles, aluminium doors and kitchen cabinets all have in common? There’s a very good chance that they have all been subjected to the magic of powder coating. How does powder coating work, and what makes it such a versatile skin? What is Powder Coating? We have all experienced the frustration of running paint…
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Stainless Steel Flatware

Let Your Stainless Steel Flatware Take its Rightful Place at the Table  It’s holiday time and there’s a good chance that you’re getting out the crystal glasses and the silver flatware for your upcoming parties. Here’s a thought though: is stainless steel flatware a better choice than silver? Or should we be sticking to the…
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How to Save Water with Corrugated Stainless-Steel Piping

How many times have you turned on the tap only to have a tiny dribble of water come out; the result of another burst water pipe a few blocks from your home! An ageing water infrastructure in various parts of South Africa means many burst pipes – and lots of wasted water.  However, the good…
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Exciting Advances in the Antibacterial Properties of Stainless Steel

The health industry has enough on its hands without having to worry about malpractice suits due to patients contracting illnesses from the hospital itself. We know that stainless steel is a practical and hard-wearing surface, ideal in a hospital environment. However, more studies have been done on the antibacterial properties of stainless steel, with some…
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Tempering Steel: The Only Way to Get The Best Out of This Magical Metal

In much the same way as a busy executive needs to unwind in a hot bath in order to successfully face another day, so work hardened metals need tempering to alleviate the internal stresses that forming, bending or rolling has created within. Tempering steel is a fascinating process, proven over time to change its internal…
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Stainless Steel Angles – A Good Looking Profile

Whether you’re in building and construction, architectural design, interior design or an industrial sector, you’ll be familiar with the use of stainless steel angles. As far as steel sections go, angles are one of the most common profiles offering multiple advantages across the board but are by no means simple. What makes these sections so…
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Making a Great Impression: Forging Made Simple

Impression forging is one of those processes that does exactly what it says on the tin: it is a metal manufacturing process which makes use of a die to create complex and intricate pieces. How does impression forging differ from closed die forging, and what are the additional benefits? Unpacking Impression Forging Simply put, impression…
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A Close-Up of Closed Die Forging

While turning up the heat and the pressure seldom has positive results for people, but the same can’t be said for steel. Closed die forging does exactly this, turning a hot, high-pressure environment into a near perfect steel product. How Does Closed Die Forging Work? Unlike open die forging which manages large pieces of metal…
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3 Most Common Plasma Torch Problems

The speed, accuracy and overall performance of plasma cutting makes it the darling of the metal industry. However, as with any manufacturing process, it can have its speed bumps which can turn a plasma torch into a dangerous or ineffective tool. What are some of the more common plasma torch problems? Common Plasma Torch Problems…
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Why Choose Open Die Forging?

Before the advent of the incredible metalworking machines we have today, there was free forging or smith forging. A very hot fire, a hammer and anvil, and raw human power were used to force unyielding metal parts into the desired shape. Open die forging - the modern-day equivalent - comes with many benefits. The Multiple…
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Stainless-steel Implants Still Style in Surgery

For anything to be regarded as safe to implant in a human or animal body, two sets of characteristics come into play: bio-compatibility of course and bio-functionality. With regard to the use of metals in surgery, the effect of corrosion on tissue becomes the burning issue. Stainless-steel is still one of the most often used…
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The Humble Kettle Gets the Nod for Stainless Steel Over Plastic

Once we understand that the plastic used in manufacturing plastic kettles – super convenient though they may be, incorporate polycarbonate in the process and that’s where BPA (a chemical called bisphenol A) is found. Should we be worried about BPA? Industry kind of stands with their trousers down as more and more evidence comes to…
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Pitting is the Pits but Stainless-steel Fights Back

With simple everyday materials such as bleach and salt as the enemy, the perfect surface of stainless-steel can come under attack. Corrosion in the form of pitting may occur. Mostly undetected by the human eye, the microscopic indentations that pitting is, compromises the metal’s integrity. Pitting Prevention It’s all in the chemistry. Stated as ppm…
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Beware that Crevice Corrosion Doesn’t Creep Up on You

Minute and almost undetectable, crevice corrosion can have major consequences. Nothing demonstrates that more than the historic case involving Aloha Airlines flight 243, which suffered extensive fuselage damage and was required to make an emergency landing. The cause of the damage? Metal fatigue originating from a crack site caused by crevice corrosion. Hopefully, we now…
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Stainless Steel’s New Capability Trumps in Kitchen Design

Yes, metals like copper – being the oldest metal known to man and all, have a unique beauty and are indeed a desirable choice for a fabulous warm glow in places like the kitchen. But stainless steel, not one to be left behind, is being produced with jaw-dropping colours and finishes. Let’s take a look…
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The Strength Of Steel, A Multifaceted Mechanical Marvel

While ‘as strong as steel’ is still an appropriate metaphor, in real terms, its strength varies enormously. Going by as many definitions and acronyms as you’d expect in a science textbook, tested gradings are essential when it comes to application. From tensile strength to yield, to weldability and from ductility to toughness, creep and fatigue…
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Steel Reinforced Concrete, the Epitome Of Synergy

Why should 72 Rue Charls Michels, Paris be an address of interest in the world of steel and concrete? Well, thanks to French industrialist, Francois Coignet, a four-story building in that street was the first to use the concept of iron reinforced concrete and that was back in 1853. We kid you not! Who Got…
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Powder Coating, Stainless Steel’s Popular Cosmetic Face

We all understand the advantages of powder coating metals – way less fading, scratching, chipping, corrosion, and so forth. But, after investing in the brilliance that is stainless steel, why would anyone want to powder coat its sublime surface? The answer takes us to the arena of stainless steel’s lesser-known glamourous side. Advances in powder…
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