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Definition and Uses of Light Steel

Definition and Uses of Light Steel Light steel, otherwise known as cold-rolled or cold-formed steel was developed to make processes in the construction industry smoother and products stronger. But what makes this product popular, and what should you be using it for? Light steel has a list of benefits a mile long. If you have…
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Green Steel Innovations

It is going to take some gigantic steps to decarbonise, the manufacture of steel - one of the planet’s most polluting industries and join the green revolution to save the planet. But we, at Steelmor, are here to tell you it's happening… with the help of movers and shakers such as Elon Musk of SpaceX.…
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Steel in South Africa: The Numbers

Domestically produced steel in South Africa plays a crucial role in the country’s economy. So, how is the industry doing? In this article, we’ll present the current statistics in the light of past figures as well as future predictions. All the figures for the production of steel in South Africa are as of June 2022…
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Essential Skills for Young Engineers

School is over, your university stint is well underway and you are looking into the great unknown that is going to be your chosen career. As a young engineer, you may be feeling a little bit anxious about how you are going to bridge the gap between university and the “real world”. What skill will…
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ERP Solutions for the Metal Industry

With the metal industry currently facing a variety of challenges such as volatile commodity prices, shrinking markets, offshore price-cutting and higher expectations in the terms of product quality and speed of delivery, in order to remain sustainable, your company must become increasingly tech-savvy, flexible and responsive to customer needs. Metal manufacturers must consistently aim to…
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Exploring Additive Manufacturing Technology

If you want to build a component there are a few ways of going about it. You could use machining which essentially cuts away the unnecessary material until you get the form you want. Or, you could develop a moulded form to get the shape you want. The newer, more precise option is to choose…
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What is WAAM?

WAAM! At first glance, you'd probably think it’s the description in a cartoon drawing of someone slamming the door! ‘Slam’ is not that far off really, because WAAM is responsible for slam-dunk solutions in the steel industry. You, your children, and their children’s children need to know what WAAM is. So, be prepared to be…
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Why Choose Professional Stainless Steel Fabricators?

The term “Metal Fabrication” encompasses several different actions which include bending, cutting, welding and otherwise assembling metal into a final form.  If you use stainless steel components it makes economic sense to work with experienced professional stainless steel fabricators who have the right equipment, tools and knowledge to meet the challenges of stainless steel fabrication.…
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Exciting Metal Finishing Innovations to Look Out For

While the crucial practice of metal finishing is not new to the steel industry, the demand for faster, cheaper, sustainable and more resilient finishing is picking up speed and driving innovation. And as manufacturing grows and the market expands, producers are finding more need for a variety of metal finishing processes for their projects. Metal…
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Metal Fabrication – Hiding in Plain Sight

You go to your kitchen, switch on the kettle, put a steel pan on your stovetop and make your breakfast. A little later, you use a metal key to unlock your security gate. You rely on a bus, a bike or a car to transport you to work. On your commute, you pass metal barriers…
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Innovations: More About the Non-welded Support System

Welding is a tried and tested way to create a steel support structure. But it can be a time-consuming process, and use a fair amount of money and manpower. So what if there was an alternative? 15 years ago siFramo developed the innovative non-welded support system. Designed to be a cost-effective welding alternative, this modular…
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Is Corrosion Resistant Steel the Same as Stainless Steel?

Rust forms when iron molecules in exposed metal alloy surfaces react with oxygen in the presence of water. Rust may also form in the presence of salt, acids, or harsh industrial chemicals. All steel alloys corrode; however, corrosion-resistant steel is usually made corrosion-resistant for a specific application whereas stainless steel’s superior corrosion resistance will depend…
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The Rising Role of Robots in Fabrication

Did you know that 59% of manufacturers are using robots in fabrication? It’s no secret that automation is playing an ever-increasing role in our economies. Advancement in robotic technologies has transformed the way factories run and has opened doors to new industry standards. In this article, we will explore how robots are used in fabrication…
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Automotive 3D Printing: What’s New?

As one of the world's largest industries, automakers are always looking for ways to improve performance. With the highest spending industry when it comes to R&D, you can expect some amazing results. One such investment has been automotive 3D metal printing. Gaining traction in the industry over the last five years, about 30% of companies…
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The Role of Steel in Bulletproof Plates

Ceramic and steel are popularly used for blunt force trauma protection gear. Wearers of body armour require very specific bulletproof plates. Most of us recognize the traditional bulletproof vests used by TV characters, but can they stop a bullet in real life?  Take this short read and you’ll see just how. Steel Over Ceramic Bulletproof…
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How Does Steel Forging Reduce Materials Cost?

Enhancing project design and minimising the number of components used in a fabricated part plays a key role in reducing material costs. Using the steel forging process, the same part can be produced from varying sizes of starting billets or ingots. This flexibility means that forged parts can be manufactured from virtually any grade of…
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Looking Back on Laser Cutting Techniques: A Brief History

Laser cutting techniques are an important part of the manufacturing sector. Yet, if we rewind to sixty years ago, laser technology was still being invented. These days laser cutting is anything but primitive, with intelligent technology, almost anything can be cut to size with ultimate precision. If history isn’t really your thing, we’ve kept this…
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Comparing Turning, Drilling, Milling, and Threading in Metal Machining

Under the title of metal machining, there are several different techniques. Machining is a versatile manufacturing process, so it is a good idea to become familiar with the various options available to you. You may need some metal machining done on your projects, so keep reading to learn more about four of the most common…
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What’s the Difference Between Spinning, Shrinking, and Stretching?

Intricate fabrications and innovations are what make the world of metal capable of incredible structural components.  Behind the scenes, metal fabrication methods such as spinning, shrinking and stretching, coax metal in ways that defy natural laws for a substance we consider to be solid. Spinning, Shrinking, and Stretching Metal fabrication is all about innovation. Methods…
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How Versatile is Steel? 3 Places You’d Never Expect to See It

Typically, steel is used in infrastructure, appliances, and machinery. It’s where we expect to find it. But even in its most common application, it is incredibly versatile; there are many compositions of steel, and it can be used for almost anything. Therefore, steel is popular and valuable across the board. Don't believe us? Let us…
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When Will Stainless Steel Stain?

The majority of stains appearing on stainless steel show up in products manufactured for the hospital and hospitality industries. Both want to retain and maintain perfectly clean shiny surfaces on their equipment and hospitals in particular, and need perfectly sterilized surgical instruments. Discolourations are most frequently caused by harsh chemicals, incorrect use of equipment, and…
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What is Stainless Steel Soap? Does it Work?

Need to wash your hands? “Pass the stainless steel, please?” That’s probably not the phrase you’d expect to hear in that situation. If you had no idea that stainless steel soap was ever a thing, we’re here to wash away your doubts. Squeaky Clean Stainless steel soap is a bar of high-quality steel that has…
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Fascinating Facts About Stainless Steel Clothing

When you think of stainless steel, your first thought is going to be along the lines of construction, fabrications, even kitchen appliances and utensils. But have you heard about stainless steel clothing? Probably not. While you probably use stainless steel every day, there are certain places you don’t expect to find it. The clothing industry…
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The 5 Benefits of Hollow Structural Sections

When you pay attention to the geometric shape of steel sections used in construction, it makes one realise the importance of the shape. A structure's shape section should have relative benefits for providing optimum support and transmitting loads correctly through the structure. Hollow Structural Sections (HSS) are lengths of high-strength welded steel tubing which is…
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Steel Innovations: What is Molten Oxide Electrolysis?

The steel industry is always looking for new and innovative ideas to move forward and improve with. One such idea in the testing process is molten oxide electrolysis. Created at MIT, this new technology aims to separate oxygen from iron ore with electricity and create oxygen as its by-product, not carbon dioxide. Where In the…
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Smart Plants: The Future of Steel Manufacturing

Smelting and metalworking have been around for roughly eight thousand years. And, the earliest known steel production started about four thousand years ago. It's amazing to think that the steel manufacturing industry has seen four industrial revolutions. In our time, current innovations mean the steel industry is developing at a faster rate than ever before.…
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Steel Innovations: Learning From Nature

The issue is steel fatigue. As heavy vehicles plow constantly over steel-structured bridges and planes undergo repeated pressure changes, microscopic fracturing has been unavoidable. The solution is to mimic fatigue-resistant properties found in the way bones are structured. Time to ‘let the skeletons out of the closet’ as steel innovations design a smarter bone-mimic alloy.…
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Exciting Safety Innovations in Manufacturing

Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, 5G, and Augmented Reality. Just a few years ago these terms sounded futuristic. Now they’re exciting realities. Smart innovations are in our kitchens, cars and phones. But how do technological innovations improve the workplace? New safety innovations have found an important place in the manufacturing industry. Let’s put safety innovations to…
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Steel Coatings and Their Applications

The steel industry is a giant, so it stands to reason that there are various steel coatings, and each one is designed for a specific reason. But how do you know if you are using the right coating for the right application? Let’s look at three types of steel coating and the applications they are…
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3 Key Qualities of a Great Manufacturing Project Manager

Finding a great manufacturing project manager is like finding gold - rare. But it’s hopeless. At least ten essential attributes could be needed to accomplish the job, but limiting it to three will help you to narrow your search and crop your shortlist. When a project fails, the blame is seldom the project itself.  Projects…
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The Latest Advances in CNC Technology

New challenges for manufacturers thanks to the unusual market conditions of 2020 and 2021 have, in all likelihood, accelerated the pace of innovation in CNC technology. Industry designers are responding quickly to the growing demand and need for flexibility and these advances may help manufacturing industries to meet current demands more efficiently and in less…
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Collaborating Robots in Metal Fabrication

The industry of metal fabrication affects various sectors from the automotive sector through to the mining sectors. Because of this, those in the industry need to be as adaptable as they can be when it comes to changes and advancements. One of the biggest changes coming to the industry in the not-too-distant future is “cobots”-collaborating…
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The Science Behind Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet

In those loaded seconds of dark between pulling down welding helmets and the first bright spark of a welding arc, you and your helmet share a private moment. In the blink of an eye - literally, your precious organs of sight are performing very intricate and complex manoeuvers. According to Welding Headquarters, ‘arc welding produces…
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What Do Cyber Threats Look Like in the Manufacturing Industry?

As new technology advances, cyber threats which include information theft, data loss and data under attack are omnipresent. No matter what industry one operates in, every working individual is at risk of being hacked. The metal fabrication industry as a whole is no exception when it comes to cyber threats. In fact, the “IBM X-Force…
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Understanding Metal Powder Bed Fusion

Metal powder bed fusion is an amazing process. It brings simplicity and complexity together in manufacturing. It’s a process where precision meets adaptability and strength. This outstanding process is worth knowing about. Keep reading for a brief introduction to metal powder bed fusion. Solid Advantages You use metal powder bed fusion in the additive manufacturing…
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Steel vs Concrete in the Construction Industry

The debate of steel vs concrete is a big one in the construction industry.  Both can be used for underlying structure, and both have their pros and cons. The choice of which to use is a personal choice based on the project itself. But let’s take a look at each option. Construction With Concrete Concrete…
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What are the Benefits of Steel Composite Floors?

A steel composite flooring system consists of steel beams, metal decking and concrete which are combined in a very efficient way to encompass the best properties of each material to optimise constructions techniques. Benefits of Steel Composite Floors Steel composite floors have several advantages over traditional reinforced concrete or steel structures which has led to…
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The Role of Steel in Affordable Housing

Buildings and infrastructure take up more than 50% of global steel production. Steel resources can be implemented to address many socio-economic issues. For example, urbanization, expanding populations, poverty, and the effects of natural disasters. Steel has properties that make it an ideal material for affordable housing. It’s durable, strong, and versatile. Steel Works for Affordable…
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The Smart Use of Steel in Building Facades

The first time steel was used in a building facade was in 1929 for the apex of the New York Chrysler building. There are still 4 500 stainless steel tiles at its apex. Today’s architects and designers can fashion extraordinarily creative building facades. Precision laser cutting facilitates patterns in the steel makes the exterior very…
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Precision Pulse Laser Cutting Innovations

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to vaporise materials, resulting in a cut edge. The advantages of laser cutting over mechanical cutting include easier work holding and reduced contamination of the workpiece. Precision laser cutting is generally considered superior. This is because the laser beam does not wear out during the cutting…
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The Story Behind Steel Wire

Stainless steel and steel wire in particular is used in many different industries. One of the most versatile materials, it has been used since the early 1900s across the board, from ancient ships through to modern spacecraft and everything in between. While steel wire is one of the most used materials around, not many know…
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Global Steps to Reduce Emissions in the Steel Industry

Calculations show that steel production generates approximately 8% of global carbon emissions. The Paris Agreement calls for net-zero emissions by 2050. To reach this target, at least 30% of the carbon output from the industry must be reduced by 2030. How can we do this? Climate change concerns every one of us. We all want…
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Unpacking CASE

Do you know about Chemically Assisted Surface Enhancement or CASE? This metal surface treatment is sometimes referred to as Isotropic Superfinishing. This fascinating process is worth knowing more about. CASE is a metal improvement process. The aerospace and automotive industries rely heavily on it for component safety. It strengthens components without reducing efficiency by loading…
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The Importance of Health and Safety

It is the responsibility of every business in the metalwork industry to ensure that their employees are protected by correct health and safety protocols. There are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your risk of accident or injury is as limited as possible. 1.    Risk Identification Being able to determine safety…
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Why are Stainless Steel Items So Popular?

Ordinary citizens interact with products made of stainless steel on a daily basis. Because stainless steel is 100 percent recyclable, strong and resistant, easy to sterilise, not prone to corrosion or rusting and is stain-proof for the most part, it has become highly popular for applications in many industries. The many unique benefits of stainless…
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3 Common Welding Mistakes

Avoiding welding mistakes is more about techniques and best practices than using sophisticated equipment. Defective work has a domino effect in whatever application the weld is used for. Welding mistakes fall into that elusive category of either learning from your mistakes or being smart and earning from the errors that others make. Better still, is…
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What Soft Skills Make A Good Welder?

Is welding a straightforward, physical, “no-brainer” type of skill? Let’s consider what it takes to be a good welder. Welding takes high levels of dexterity and aptitude. It’s creative, technical, and challenging. You could even consider it an art. As we all know, artistic ability runs deep beneath the surface, to the very core of…
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The Fascinating History of Welding

With welding being so intrinsic to modern metal fabrication, few give attention to the history of welding and how we got here. Welding is now a thing of sophistication, with tools and endless design options, and creative applications. But it was not always that way. Historical facts are always fascinating and the route each civilization…
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Understanding Tolerances When Cutting to Size

Tolerance in steel references a range of measurements permitted for manufacturers, given that metal forming involves certain unpreventable variations. Understanding the tolerances of the steel you’re working with is vital if you want to prevent an embarrassing disaster in your planned construction or use of cut metal. Let’s dig into the three basic types of…
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Top 3 Corrosion Resistant Materials

A well-planned project takes into consideration the elements and the wear and tear of what you are creating. While there are various ways to treat and keep corrosion at bay, knowing which metals are corrosion resistant can go a long way to lengthening the lifespan of a project. What Is Corrosion? Corrosion happens when a…
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