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Jan
30

Choosing the Right Hardfacing Rods and Methods

Choosing the Right Hardfacing Rods and Methods In many industries today, hardfacing or hard surfacing is common practice. It can restore many parts and enhance their performance too. But which hardfacing rods are best to use? Let’s check out the practice a little closer to help you determine the best course of action. Is Hard Surfacing the Best Option? In some cases, you may be better off replacing worn parts. If this is the case, you could be wasting both time and money with your hard surfacing efforts. First, determine the cost for resurfacing and don’t forget to include labor. Compare this cost with buying and installing a new part. Also, do not forget to include some of the benefits hard surfacing can provide, such as: * Operating costs can be lowered * Reduced downtime * Cheaper option than replacement (usually) * Extend work life Choosing Hardfacing Rods There are three issues to consider when choosing hard surfacing rods: * Base metal * Wear factor * Welding procedure Base Metal The kind of material your part is made from determines rod selection. Manganese alloy steel can be a good choice for repairing cracks and filling in large surface areas. For low alloy steel, carbon steel may be best. Wear Wear is the most important factor when choosing hardfacing rods. For metal to metal contact with little lubrication, carbide is a good choice. However, if you need to keep costs down, manganese steel may work. During service, manganese may work harden and provide increased protection. Be the first to like. Like...
Nov
8

Some Characteristics and Applications of 5052 Aluminum Sheets

Some Characteristics and Applications of 5052 Aluminum Sheets 5052 aluminum is an alloy that provides an extensive range of design options that benefit customers in the consumer electronics industry. As a lightweight, yet high strength material, 5052 aluminum is a very useful material for a variety of applications. This type of aluminum offers excellent function and can take on a range of visual appearances and feels. Home technologies, including handheld devices can be manufactured with 5052 aluminum sheets. Minneapolis is served by quality manufacturers of this aluminum. Applications When it comes to electronics, some of the aluminum qualities needed for the end product are an attractive finish, strength and anodizing. 5052 aluminum sheets include these features and is used in various products, including electronics casings, televisions and notebook computers. As well, this aluminum is useful for a range of other products, including storm shutters, fuel tanks for aircraft and refrigerator panels and liners. As well, 5052 aluminum sheets conform to AMS QQ-A-250/8, ASTM B209 and AMS 4027. 5052 Aluminum Sheet Composition The tensile strength of 5052 aluminum ranges from 31 to 44 ksi. It is alloyed with 2.5% aluminum and has superb weldability, workability and corrosion resistance. Finishes and Surfaces 5052 aluminum itself is a material that is perfect for products such as electronic casings. It gives the final product functionality and aesthetic appeal. 5052 aluminum sheets are available in an array of attractive chemical and mechanical finishes which include smooth satin matte, mirrored bright and classic brushed. Various colors are also available for application to the aluminum sheets. Choosing a Supplier Experience in the industry is a factor to consider when choosing a supplier of 5052 aluminum sheets. The company you purchase from should have a track record of serving clients with quality aluminum metal products and do so with excellent turnaround schedules. Take the time to discuss your requirements with a representative from the supplier and learn about their process for providing the aluminum sheets you need. You can keep your project requirements sustained on a consistent basis when you work with a metal supplier that is dependable and delivers customer service you can trust on a consistent basis. Be the first to like. Like...
Nov
2

One Common Kind of Stainless Steel Sheet For Sale in Pennsylvania

Running a successful fabrication shop in the Keystone State can be difficult, but it can also be rewarding. Pennsylvania is still a place where hard work pays off even if the famous steel mills of the state’s past are less of a factor than they used to be. Fabricators that serve industrial and other clients well can expect to be rewarded with plenty of business if they continue to live up to the demands of customers. Oftentimes, an important component of being able to do so will be to build relationships with suppliers like Tomametalsinc.com that will ensure reliable access to the right materials. Understanding the differences between the various kinds of Stainless Steel Sheet For Sale in Pennsylvania is a basic requirement of the business, but not especially difficult to do. There are at least ten different alloys of steel that are commonly offered for sale, with hundreds more available to those who have even more specialized needs. Every such alloy contains some amount of carbon, with this being the addition that turns iron into steel when the right processes are applied. Most steel alloys also include other additives, too, that are designed to build further on the advantages that steel has over iron. Which of these are included and to what extent will determine the particular characteristics of any Stainless Steel Sheet For Sale in Pennsylvania today. One common steel alloy, for example, is known as “409.” Relatively versatile and inexpensive, this kind of steel includes a fair amount of chromium. When added to simple, carbon-infused steel, chromium builds resistance to corrosion, with more or less every stainless variety of the material including a significant amount of it. Chromium also makes steel harder and somewhat more brittle, however, and these can be drawbacks in some circumstances. The 409 steel alloys also include a small amount of nickel, a material that helps to mitigate some of the downsides of chromium. While this combination of additives makes for a versatile material that remains fairly affordable, the 409 alloy does have its weaknesses. One of these is that its corrosion resistance falls a bit short in the presence of certain kinds of salt, making other alloys better choices where exposure to these will be expected. Be the first to like. Like...
Mar
16

The Options For Heat Treating Stainless Steel

The Options For Heat Treating Stainless Steel There are several different options to consider for heat treating stainless steel. The specific application and the type of alloy will be major factors in determining which of the heat treatment methods are the most appropriate. Another factor that will need to be considered is the reason for the heat treating, which is influenced by the demands that will be placed on the component or the part. There are several different options for heat treating stainless steel. They are always done in very specific conditions to avoid scaling, or the development of oxidation on the surface of the alloy has to be controlled. This is done by the use of specific atmospheres that eliminate the presence of oxygen, eliminating these issues. Annealing Used for many different metals, annealing is one of the possible options for heat treating stainless steel. In this process any work hardened stainless is heated to a temperature of more than 1040 degrees Celsius for most stainless alloys. This heating allows the recrystallizing of the structure of the stainless and brings it back to the original orientation, allowing the part to have no stress with the molecular structure. There are different types of annealing including quench annealing, which uses water for a rapid cooling process. There is also process annealing which is completed on the ferritic and martensitic stainless steels. Unless otherwise indicated the typical annealing process is used on the austenitic stainless steels. Stress Relieving With some types of applications, and specifically for lower temperature relief from stress, heating at temperatures less than 400 degrees Celsius can be another process used. However, this is lower temperature can trigger the formation of carbides in the grains, which will lower corrosion resistance after the process is completed. When heat treating stainless steel that is either a low-carbon steel or a stabilized stainless steel this can be a very effective option as the formation of carbide is much less likely to be an issue. Another option that can be considered for heat treating stainless steel is higher heating, actually above the typical annealing temperature, followed by very fast cooling processes. As this is a more difficult process to maintain for large orders and high volume types of operations, it is less common for general parts and components. There are many different options for heat treating stainless steel. Working with a specialized metal and brazing company can help to determine the process that is right for your specific part...
Feb
4

Things to Know about Metal Furring

Things to Know about Metal Furring Furring materials like hat channel are used in many different commercial and residential applications today. Channel is one of the most convenient ways to mount one surface to another surface. In fact, it has many advantages over installing strips or standard studs. Here are some important things to know about furring to help you make an informed decision on your next project. What is Metal Furring? Suppose you have an existing wall and wish to add another wall or some kind of board material. Maybe you are thinking about an extended ceiling project and you need some way to attach your lovely new ceiling panels to the old ceiling. Furring or hat channel is designed for this purpose. Furring is created in an extrusion process which makes long pieces of metal with channels. In fact, the channels resemble hats and this is where the name “hat channel” came from. This material provides builders and construction people with many important benefits. Why Use Metal Furring? Furring can make it easier to hang new ceilings or extend them. In addition, it can be used to support one layer of material on top of another. Because hat channel is made from metal it is fire proof and in many construction applications, fire resistant material must be used, and metal is far superior to wood. Metal furring can also be used to install special panels for sound control. Why Hat Shape? By creating a special hat shaped channel in the metal, it makes is possible to insert screws or fasteners in places where it would be difficult to use wood. The hat channel also provides enough room for the fastener to fit into it without penetrating into the next surface. For example, when placing nailing or fastening strips to concrete you need something thick enough for the entire length of the panel fasteners. You could create a hollow piece of metal but by making a channel, you have a cost effective and lighter option. Uses for Hat Channel Metal furring allows one to attach things to difficult surfaces like brick or concrete. Plus, one can extend ceilings and walls where needed. However, furring is sometimes used with bar joists. For example, these supports may be too far apart for standard wallboard and hat channel will make it possible to install the board properly. Also, in many building applications, additional insulation is needed and metal furring makes it possible to install materials without the...

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