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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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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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What Is Strength to Weight Ratio?

Know the strength to weight ratio of a material is important when you are working with various metals. It will give you a better understanding of what you can and can’t do with the metal you are using. The simplest way to explain the strength to weight ratio is that it is the strength of…
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Careers in the Steel Industry

If you are contemplating a career in the steel industry, you are investing in one of the most robust arenas for ongoing jobs. LinkedIn SA is advertising a large number of jobs in the steel industry at the time of writing. From entry-level personnel to salespeople, managers, and highly qualified engineers, there is no shortage…
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What are the Benefits of Bioprocessing in the Steel Industry?

Bioprocessing steel was the centre of debate a few years ago, threatening the steel industry to some extent. Many mistakenly thought that stainless steel would become a technology of the past. How wrong they were! Today, bioprocessing steel takes its place among the technological advances ensuring the continuation of steel into the future. Exploring the…
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Unpacking the Basic Oxygen Process in Steelmaking

The basic oxygen process (BOP) is responsible for more than half of today’s global steel production, 66%, in fact. It references a method used in steelmaking in which pure oxygen is bright into contact with the molten results delivered by a blast-furnace to iron and scrap metals. Leading Up to the Basic Oxygen Process The…
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What is the Bessemer Process?

Without the Bessemer Process, we would still be stuck back in the age of iron instead of the age of steel. Many innovators and experimentations went ahead of Henry Bessemer’s successful patent. The problem was how to remove impurities from crude iron ore. Smelting it in a blast furnace caused some impurities to rise to…
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Chromate Versus Dichromate in Galvanizing

In this debate, both chromate and dichromate are galvanizing applications for metals such as steel. Because they are both only slightly soluble in water, they are used as pigments in plating. Both chromate and dichromate convert into trivalent chromium or Cr3+ for the tech-minded, which are salts with a distinctive colour. Both serve as plating…
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What is the Difference Between Steel Bar and Steel Rebar?

Let’s start with definitions. Steel Rebar, or just Rebar, stands for a steel reinforcing bar. It’s not new but man, has it come a long way. The industry idiom, ‘What could be better than steel?’ has been superseded by Rebar plain and simple. Actually, considering what Steel Rebar has done for the steel and construction…
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What are the Main Benefits of Sandwich Panels?

Sandwich panels, something akin to the process of lamination, basically describes a core of thermally efficient material, sandwiched and bonded between two outer layers of pre-stressed ‘skins’ of the metal sort. That does help explain why sandwich panels are in such demand for industries where hygienic insulation is the name of the game. Limited only…
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What is Organic Coated Steel?

Organic coated steel isn’t a new vogue veggie dip treatment for metal. Of course, you already knew that. So, what is the deal when it comes to organic coated steel? In the world of organic or inorganic coating for steel, the options depend on the application and environmental factors. To cut a long story short,…
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The Case of Plastic versus Steel Water Bottles

Steel water bottles are coming into their own for every good reason. If you’re still purchasing drinking water in plastic containers there are a few hard facts that you and your family should know. Despite convincing everyone that the plastic used for bottled water is ‘recyclable’, make no mistake that PET (polyethylene terephthalate) that they’re…
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Innovation in the World of Steel

The steel industry deserves recognition and commendation for continuing to innovate to reduce its carbon footprint on multiple fronts. Not resting on the fact that steel is 100 % recyclable without loss of integrity, innovating in the world of steel will continue to demonstrate digitization toward steel ‘smart’ plants, going forward. Leading steel manufacturing plants…
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Removing CO2 from the Air with Steel-built Carbon Capture Technology

The story goes that a company, called Climeworks, set up a steel-built carbon-capturing plant on a remote site in Iceland – we kid you not. The inspiration for the project found its roots in a way to recycle the carbon already present in the earth’s atmosphere. It sounds like something out of a science fiction…
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The Return to Steel Golf Clubs

The emergence of graphite golf clubs stole some of the show from steel golf clubs initially. That often happens when there’s a ‘new kid on the block’ and everyone who thinks she’s someone doesn’t want to be out of what’s hip-hop-and-happening. Then the novelty wears off and a more balanced swing at the thing becomes…
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What are the Most Common Metals in Surgical Instruments?

We wouldn’t be talking about this if stainless steel surgical instruments weren’t on the list for exacting medical application. The thing is, not only is stainless steel on the list, it’s on the top of that list hands down! Take a look. Stainless steel Titanium Tantalum Platinum Palladium Understandably, finding the right metals to use…
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What is Self-Healing Metal?

Self-healing materials find their inspiration in nature’s biological organisms with self-repairing capabilities. Not without its challenges is the exploration into engineering self-healing properties for metals. The degree of difficulty is mostly due to the high temperatures needed and the chemistries involved in the process. But it’s happening and it’s an advantageous advancement on many levels.…
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Producing Green Steel with Electric Arc Furnaces and Scrap Metal

CO2 from steel production accounts for over 5% of global emissions. However, German company Deutsche Edelstahlwerke (DEW) is making a real difference by producing green steel using scrap metal and an electric arc furnace.  The production of steel traditionally uses coal in a blast furnace. However, this process produces around 2000 kilograms of CO2 per…
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304 vs 316: Choosing the Right Stainless Steel Grade for Your Requirements

Corrosion is a costly affair and needs to be factored into any metal fabrication project. Two of the most common stainless grades which satisfy these essential anti-corrosion criteria are 304 and 316. What are the basic differences between these two austenitic steels and under what circumstances do they perform best? 304 vs 316 Stainless Steel…
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What’s the Difference Between a Bevel and a Chamfer in Metalworking?

While the terms bevel and chamfer are often used interchangeably, they are actually quite different. Does it really matter? Well, in the world of metal fabrication it does as we will see. When working with metal parts that require a welded joint, a bevelled edge is a common process to ensure a stronger join. It…
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Unpacking the Process of Metal Drawing

Metal drawing is one of many fabrication processes, including folding, welding, cutting, casting, and punching.   Drawing uses tensile force to stretch and shape metal and it offers some key advantages over these other metalworking processes. For example: Speed. Drawing processes are readily automated and can produce high volumes in relatively short periods of time.  Complex.…
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Speeding Up Advancement with Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings

If a project can be completed faster and cheaper then it’s well worth looking into, right? This is the basic premise behind pre-engineered metal buildings which are making their mark on the building industry worldwide.  What are the key benefits of pre-engineered metal structures? How do they compare to traditional building techniques? Key benefits of…
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The Essential Process of Hot Dip Galvanizing

The effective process of hot dip galvanizing is one of many used to prevent corrosion of steel and iron and is a fairly simple but incredibly durable option. Data shows that one of the main benefits of hot dip galvanization is its longevity with corrosive protection lasting between 34 and 170 years, depending on the…
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3 Reasons to Choose Laser Cutting on Sheet Metal

Smart people know that if you don’t have time to do it right the first time, when will you have the time to fix it? This is just one reason that we make use of the advanced tech behind laser cutting.  Laser cutting, especially on sheet metal, is one of the best ways to get…
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What Do You Know About Titanium Steel?

Without a doubt, steel has proven to be the mainstay of modern civilization for as long as we can remember. It’s strong, it’s affordable, it’s easy to work with, and it is recyclable. However, as tech gallops forward it was never going to be long before steel enjoyed a facelift.  Enter titanium steel. What is…
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Press Forging for High-Volume, Economical Production

When we think of metal forging our minds can easily go back to the times of old when a talented blacksmith would shape metal using a hammer, an anvil, and brute force.  Fortunately for us, we have come a long way since then and can enjoy the benefits that come along with powerful new tech.…
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Casting vs Forging: What’s Best for Your Project?

Mechanical engineers know that there’s no simple answer to the casting versus forging debate as it’s very much the same as asking the length of a piece of string.  What factors come into play when deciding on the best process for your component? While there are many, we’d like to highlight just three which will…
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Ordering Steel Tubes for Your Next Project

We’ve previously discussed the difference between pipes and tubes and determined that, while they may look the same, their uses, strength, and classifications differ.  A pipe is always circular and will be used to carry gas or liquid. They are, therefore, measured based on their carrying capacity and pressure tolerance. A tube, on the other…
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Seamless Pipe vs Welded Pipe

In high-pressure applications such as refineries, hydrocarbon industries, oil and gas infrastructure, engineers are tasked with ensuring that every component used is capable of withstanding the forces under which it is expected to operate.  In these instances, seamless pipe will always be chosen over its welded counterpart. But, as a more costly product with a…
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Laser Beam Welding Gains Ground

Given the option to employ a process that is simpler, cheaper, and faster than what we currently use, we’d be crazy not to, don’t you agree? It’s for this reason that laser beam welding (LBW) is gaining ground as a preferred and versatile method of welding. After all, improved productivity and reduced costs in fabrication…
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Why the Hype Around Hydroforming?

Of the many different processes used in metal fabrication, hydroforming is certainly an intriguing one which demonstrates clearly the power and versatility of using pressurised liquid to force metal into shape.  What is hydroforming? As we know, the term hydro relates to water, liquid or fluid. This tells us most of what we need to…
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What is TWIP Steel?

There are all manner of descriptions given to steel, TWIP being one of them, that relate to modifying metal with the use of alloys. In street speak, that means the clever dudes meltdown what nature supplies, add a few chemicals mix it around a bit then let it harden again. And voilà we have something that…
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Carbide Dies Do it to Steel

The role of carbide dies in steel forming is indeed an exact science. From the simple office paper clip and complex parts for high-tech application to 9mm bullets, artillery shells, drill bits and automobile parts, man has learned to shape steel using carbide tool dies. Dies are most often metal blocks used for forming steel…
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Why is Kerf Width Important?

Industrial fabrication requires extremely low tolerances and highly accurate metal cutting. Kerf width is a critical aspect to precise cutting and will factor in no matter the type of metal in production. Kerf width refers to the amount of material which is removed during the cutting process. Just as a wood saw would remove a…
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Welding Safety Hazards in the Metal Industry

There’s no doubt that welding is a difficult skill to master and can very easily cause injuries to a careless staff member. If you’re considering working within the metal and fabrication industry or are new to this arena, then we’d like to highlight a few key points regarding welding safety. Certainly, employers have a responsibility…
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3 Key Advantages of Robotic Welding

Way back in 1962, George Devol and Joseph Engelberger fired up the world’s first robotic welder on the General Motors factory assembly line. Spot welding – which was considered hazardous for humans – was now the responsibility of this accurate and tireless tool. It was only 20 years later that robotic welding found its commercial…
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3 Reasons Why Custom Sheet Metal May Be Right for You

We generally think that a custom product is going to come in at a higher price than a standard product, and for the most part that remains true. A standard product can be mass-produced at a lower cost than a custom piece, by a large factory that does that one thing.  However, when it comes…
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Examples‌ ‌and‌ ‌Uses‌ ‌of‌ ‌Ferrous‌ ‌Metals‌ ‌

We often refer to ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals, but what determines which category a metal falls under, and why does it matter? Simply put, ferrous metals contain iron, while non-ferrous metals don’t. Iron offers strength and durability to an alloy, and as it is mixed in various ratios with other elements it results in…
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When Should You Reverse Engineer a Part?

In the world of mechanical engineering, there is very little margin for error. Therefore, when drawings or documentation for a part are missing, or the original manufacturer either no longer makes the component or no longer exists, we can be left in a bit of a quandary.  The decision to reverse engineer a part may…
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