What is Metal Pickling?

The process of metal pickling is a necessary part of the manufacturing process and is a method of removing stains, rust or scale from ferrous metals. While there are newer methods being introduced all the time, metal pickling is mostly done with the use of some pretty strong chemicals called pickle liquor. Metal Pickling in…
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Eco-Friendly Waste Management Makes Cents

The steelmaking industry is an energy-intensive process with a long process chain. The drive towards reusing and recycling in this industry and making it more ‘green’ is gaining ground with some exciting advances. Traditionally the responsibility of waste management has fallen to a few officials who do their best to oversee the processes and ensure…
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What Are the Benefits of Smooth Clean Surface (SCS)?

We recently chatted a little about metal pickling, and how it is a fast and efficient way to strip oxidation and impurities from metal before further processing. This surface is necessary for a quality finish in the case of coating, painting, or even further fabrication. However, the pickling process uses some harsh chemicals and results…
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What is Metal Pickling?

The process of metal pickling is a necessary part of the manufacture process and is a method of removing stains, rust or scale from ferrous metals. While there are newer methods being introduced all the time, metal pickling is mostly done with the use of some pretty strong chemicals called pickle liquor. Metal Pickling in…
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Judging the Strongest Metals

Metal is one of the most used and versatile materials in many industries, and what it is used for is dependant on its strength. While this may seem like a simple process, making comparisons between metals is a bit bit more complex than it sounds. How To Judge Strength As there is no one way…
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Sustainable Steel in Solar

Big industrial companies require large amounts of energy to run their day to day operations – steel industries being at the high end of this usage. While fossil fuels are the industry norm, and currently how energy is being generated, they are considered dirty energy in today's society and are not environmentally friendly. Many industries…
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Metal Roofs in Solar Installations

Over the last few years, the use of metal as a roofing material has begun to increase. Metal has many benefits as a roof, being fire resistant and long-lasting. As we many people move towards a more sustainable lifestyle, the question many are asking is if they have metal roofs, are solar panels still an…
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Carbon Vs Alloy Steel

Steel is one of the most widely used materials across many industries. But what is the difference between carbon steel and alloy steel? Carbon steel is comprised of iron and carbon, where alloy steel is made of these two plus additional metals. There are several grades of steel, and these are classified based on the…
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The Magic of Medical Steel

Medical steel, also known as surgical steel, has proven itself as the best option in medicine for several reasons. The stringent requirements for durable and hypoallergenic metals need to be adhered to in an increasingly litigious field. What are some requirements for medical steel? Both for implants and instruments, medical steel is characterised by the…
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Understanding Carbon Tax in South Africa

Businesses in the manufacturing industry are by now very aware of the new carbon tax act which was gazetted in May 2019, and which came into effect from 01 June 2019. As with most new laws, there are pros and cons which people will no doubt be debating for years to come.  We’d like to…
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Smart Coatings are Smart Decisions

Smart coatings for metals sound like something out of science fiction. The technology behind it is an incredible process which is being widely used in medical, military, transport and construction industries.  What are smart coatings, and how do they work? Defining Smart Coatings Smart coatings are programmable films which coat a product and perform a…
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What Are The Best Protective Coatings For Steel?

The strength and durability of steel make it the popular choice for – well – almost anything, from small household appliances to massive sea-going vessels. However, the Achilles heel of steel comes in the form of corrosion.  In an untreated state, steel falls victim to corrosion and can lose its integrity quickly. This makes a…
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Business Benefits Of Sustainable Manufacturing (Part 2)

Part 2 Our previous article touched on the business benefits of employing sustainable manufacturing processes in the areas of waste reduction and customer reach. From the smallest business to large corporations, the move to ‘green manufacturing’ is gaining momentum. With each company and each person doing their part, we will certainly be able to relieve…
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Business Benefits Of Sustainable Manufacturing

Part 1 Establishing sustainable manufacturing processes makes good business sense.    What does that look like in the metal industry? What changes can we make to our purchasing and processing that will make a difference?   To be fair, establishing new processes to replace those which you have been training your staff in for years…
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 3D Metal Printing Has Arrived

From the first crude plastic toys which came out of the 1980s to the magnificently complex medical prosthetics now available, 3D printing has been expanding exponentially. It really was just a matter of time before 3D metal printing became not only possible but financially viable. 3D metal printing is an incredibly complex and fascinating subject,…
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What is The Difference Between Welding and Fabrication?

In the world of mechanical engineering, the terms welding and fabrication are most often used together. While this may make them sound like a single process, they are in fact distinctly different. So, what is the difference between welding and fabrication? Welding vs Fabrication Both of these processes are essential in the creation of metal…
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Steel In Architecture 

For many years post the twentieth century, steel played only a supporting role in architecture and construction.  But since the industrial revolution, the use of steel in architecture has been increasing in popularity and continues to evolve to this day.  At the turn of the twentieth century, the concept of support and walling using steel…
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Factors Impacting the Price of Steel

Those of us in certain manufacturing sectors are acutely aware of the fluctuating price of steel.  As we know, steel is an essential element in so many areas, from major civil infrastructure projects to domestic appliances. This makes the price of steel an important trend to follow. Factors Impacting the Price of Steel As steel…
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Sizing & Stats of Steel Round Bar

Steel round bar is just as its name suggests – long cylindrical bars of metal. These can be made from a variety of metals such as stainless steel, brass alloy or aluminium, and can be hot or cold rolled.  The diameters of the bars range from around a quarter-inch to about twenty-four inches. The diameter…
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Which Water Pipe is The Better Option?

One of our basic human requirements is that of clean water. However, have you ever questioned the integrity and cleanliness of the actual water pipe which carries this life-giving fluid to us? We’re exploring which water pipe is the best option in providing clean drinking water to our buildings and what are the benefits of…
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The Shearing Process 

There are many ways of cutting steel, and one of these processes is shearing. Used mostly to cut straight metal stock into columns, shearing is a relatively simple process. This is done by and upper and lower blade being forces passed each other, with one of these blades moving and the other normally staying stationary. …
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Understanding the Corrosion Resistance Of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is one of the most versatile and well-used materials across various industries. There are many reasons for this, top of the list being its corrosion resistance. Because of this, it is able to be used in environments that many other materials would rot or corrode.  The reason it is so resistant to corrosion…
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Unpacking Precision Welding

Precision welding is a carefully controlled form of welding where the workpiece and heat source are often controlled by a computer for a finer finish. Precision welding is mainly used when working with small parts, tight dimensional tolerances or projects that require a very fine or barely visible join.  Is It A Specific Procedure? There…
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Let’s Talk About The Process of Fabrication

In its most basic form, the process of fabrication is turning raw materials into pre-made shapes. But while this may seem like a simple procedure, there are many steps involved in fabrication. Taking the raw materials such as steel or aluminium and creating a product using blueprints, layouts and many specialised techniques can be a…
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Unpacking the Ring Rolling Process

Ring rolling says it perfectly in those two little words, but the process is intricate and sophisticated. Ring-shaped components abound in the automotive, aerospace and civil engineering industries. It is a complex process that process forces metal to undergo complicated microstructural evolution, which determines the properties and life of the ring so formed. Before the…
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Who Benefits From Plasma Cutting?

Compared to traditional ‘metal on metal’ methods, plasma cutting offers precision where it matters most. Initially, the machines were rather cumbersome, slow and expensive and relegated to mass-producing repetitive cuts. The metal industry benefits hugely from the astounding technological advances with regard to plasma cutting.   Used in industries such as aerospace, automotive and defense…
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The Science of Cutting Tools

Cutting tools or cutters as they are also known by are exactly what the name suggests –machines used to remove materials from a workpiece by shear deformation such as turning, drilling, threading or milling to name a few.  The cutting tools must always be made of harder materials than that which they are cutting, and…
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Waterjet Cutting for Heat Sensitive Materials

Waterjet cutting is a method often preferred when working with softer, or heat-sensitive materials. There are two types of waterjet cutting – both methods use a high-pressure jet, but one is plain water, often used on materials such as rubber or wood. The other method is water plus an abrasive substance such as granite.  Waterjet…
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What Are Steel Profiles?

What Are Steel Profiles? Steel profiles are products made out of steel that has been shaped by being rolled, drawn or pressed. These shapes have the same cross-section over their entire length. Most often used in reinforcing concrete or building structure, these steel profiles help to increase the strength of the projects they are used…
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Recycling Metal

Recycling Metal Recycling is a keyword in today's society. While mostly associated with papers, plastic and garden or household refuse, recycling metal is not such a common one to come across. But it holds many of the same benefits for business and individuals who would like to become both environmentally and economically efficient. Saving money…
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The Strength Behind Double Tee Beams

As the name implies, a double tee or double-T beam is a precast, prestressed, load-bearing structure that resembles two side-by-side capital letter Ts.  The two vertical leg sections are called webs or stems while the horizontal section is known as the deck or flange. Combined, these create a structure that offers flexibility in design and…
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The Dilemma of Instrument Calibration 

Instrument calibration is one of the primary processes used to maintain instrument accuracy within an acceptable range as a vital aspect of quality control. Calibration involves everything from the geometric parameters on drawing specifications to methods used to measure and inspect precision metal parts. In theory, instrument calibration is absolute but there are many reasons…
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Building with Steel – Architectural Innovation

Modern-day architects have set out to respond to one of society’s greatest challenges, that of designing a world which can adapt to a radically different tomorrow. Their architectural steel contributions are bringing about sustainable innovation to living environments as well as creating a growing awareness that sustainability needs to play an integral role in the…
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Abrasive Materials

Ever looked at the smooth, clean finishes in a shop, factory or even in someone’s homes and wondered how they managed to get the surface to look like that? The answer is abrasive blasting – using abrasive materials in a high-pressure stream onto the surface of any workpiece gives a smooth, polished finish. But how…
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Laser Cut Metal

Traditionally many companies would use CNC punches to cut their sheet metal. While this form of cutting still has its place in the industry, laser-cut metal is becoming more and more popular. Laser cutting allows for a much more precise cut in sheet metals of a variety of thickness, and without the physical force of…
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Steel Forging | Cold, Warm and Hot Forging

No matter what industry you work in, you will always be looking for the best option on the market, the strongest options and the most durable, and steel forging is a great way to get these qualities in your materials. Made by compressing a mixture of carbon and iron together at extremely high pressure, steel…
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Instrumentation Tubing – Getting it Right

Not many people realise that the type of hydraulic and instrumentation tubing you choose is, in fact, a rather critical decision.  Instrumentation tubing, most commonly made from mild or stainless steel, aluminium or copper, is used to connect pressure switches or gauges as well as flow monitors and valves on ventilation systems and industrial piping.…
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Benefits of Using Stainless Steel Flanges

Stainless steel flanges, usually disc-shaped pieces of equipment that come in many shapes and sizes, form a vital connecting link for piping, valves, pumps and other components as part of a pipework system. Flanges are used in various fields or industries including petroleum, gas, transport, chemical, power generation and water.   A flanged joint provides a…
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Weld Neck Flanges

Weld neck flanges are designed to integrate seamlessly with a piping system. While the production of these flanges can be more on the pricey side due to the design and the material used, they are the preferred choice when it comes to hostile environments. These flanges can also be made out of a variety of…
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Requirements for a Career in Welding

A welder is a tradesman specialising in fabricating products by joining or fusing a variety of metal components together. Welders are employed in a myriad of industries which include steel, construction, motor vehicle manufacturing, shipbuilding, aerospace and even creative arts. The demand for welders in industry is on the rise, so if you’re thinking about…
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Why Plasma Cutting is Cost-Effective

The best value you get from the machinery you use would entirely depend on what is most valuable to you. From an all-round perspective, it can be determined that plasma cutting is an attractive option as it has so many benefits and is cost-effective too.  Let’s take a quick look at the advantages of plasma…
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Bevelling Steel | Prepping Steel For Welding |

Bevelling steel is a process often used when prepping metals for welding. By cutting an angled slope on the edge of the piece of metal, you will create a seam that offers much more strength and integrity than a welded seam done on straight edges. Benefits Of Bevelling One of the greatest benefits of bevelling…
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Steel Vs Aluminium – What Are The Odds?

Steel and Aluminium are the two most popular metals on the market, and while there are many similarities between the two, when it comes to steel vs aluminium there are also some key differences.  While both are great choices, when considering steel vs aluminium, you need to have a clear idea about what you want…
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Differences Between Machining Stainless Steel and Brass

When it comes to the differences between machining stainless steel and brass or softer metals, the difficulty or ease with which a metal can be machined, is one of the main factors affecting a product’s utility, quality and cost. Depending on the application, machinability may be seen in terms of total power consumption, tool wear…
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Machine Threading Unravelled 

The process of creating screw threads is known as machine threading. This is one of the most popular choices of machining, with more screw threads produced every year than almost any other machine element.  There are a few different methods of machine threading, and the method you chose is dependant on your constraints – cost,…
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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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