Know Your Carbon Sheet and Coil

What's the difference between hot-rolled and cold-rolled carbon sheet and coil? Let's dig into the specifics of each.

Alternative Metal: 5 Factors for Grade Substitution

Looking for a suitable alternative to the specified grade for your project? Consider these five factors.

What, Where, Why: Know Your Austenitic Stainless Steel

When it comes to stainless steel sheet, knowing which grade to use for what application is important—as not all grades are created equal.

Erasing Metal Memory: Temper Pass vs. Stretcher Level

Imperfections that are a natural result of the steel making process can impart a level of stress that is often difficult for the metal to fully “forget”.

Hot vs. Cold: What’s the Difference in Carbon Bars?

All cold-finished products are hot rolled, but hot rolled products are not necessarily cold finished. It's a matter of how the bars are processed.

One Big Question: What Impacts Freight Cost?

Have you noticed a change in the cost to purchase goods and services lately? It could be a direct impact of rising freight costs.

Quick Look: Making the Case for Tube Laser

Faster speeds and cleaner cuts; think those are the only benefits that come with the use of laser cutting technology? Think again.

Corrosion Resistance: A (Stainless) Family Affair

While different factors play into grade selection, corrosion resistance in one that factors heavily into the decision.

Foreign Supply

One Big Question: How Does Foreign Material Impact Supply?

Have decreases in foreign material impacted domestic supply as initially anticipated? This is One Big Question on the minds of many these days. And we asked risk managers weigh in.

Aluminum Plate, Sheet and Coil: 2 Questions on Grade Selection

Choosing the right grade of aluminum for your application often comes down to answering two simple questions.

heavy equipment

Reconfiguration: A Strategy for Addressing Capacity

Today, the idea of reconfiguration helps combat capacity constraints in manufacturing—addressing everything from assets to locations.

Aluminum Extusion

Aluminum Extrusions: Breaking Down the Value

It may sound cliché, but custom aluminum extrusions can indeed save you time and money--let's take a closer look at how.

Coated Sheet and Coil: Know When to Use What

Galvanized, galvannealed, galvalume, electro-galvanized bonderized: What sets these protective coating processes apart?

carbon bar

SBQ vs. MBQ: Determining Quality in Carbon Bars

When it comes to steel bars, quality matters. And when talking specifically about carbon bars, that quality comes in two distinct forms.

Interactive Graphic: 11 Alloying Elements

All stainless steels are iron-based alloys containing at least 10.5% chromium. But did you know that there are various elements that control the micro-structure of the alloy? Here is a look at 11 alloying elements.