Wednesday, February 10, 2021
The aluminum and stainless-steel industry have so many important terms and concepts to know. To make informed decisions regarding aluminum or steel, we feel it is important for clients to have a general understanding of the terms we use to give them a broader appreciation for the products they purchase. It’s a big reason that we’ve compiled several stainless steel and aluminum terms, but it’s important to expand on that list. The following written piece will provide numerous other terms that are frequently used in the aluminum and steel manufacturing industry.
Anodizing: Metal and aluminum experts will improve the corrosion-resistant alloys capabilities. To do so, experts will thicken the natural oxide layer that rests on the surface of the metal or aluminum. The supplementary coating is applied by adjusting the treated alloy.
Continuous Casting: An important step in the production of metals and other alloys. Metals, which can include extrusion billets or rolling slabs, are placed in a die which instantly freezes it.
Cut to Length: Is a process that steel & metal experts use to manufacture flat, smooth and rectangular steel sheets from a consider amount of metal coils.
Extrusion: Describes the process where a billet of metal is heated to a state of plastic, and then it is put through a dye. This process facilitates a fast and financially conscious production of extended steel or alloy that will be used for sophisticated sections of construction. Historically speaking, the first metal that was every extruded was lead, but modern technological advances have made it possible for brass, aluminum and steel to be extruded.
Forging: A major component of our jobs is to take solid metals and alloys and shape them into an end-product that our clients can use. Forging metals is the process of taking a slab or sheet of metal to shape them. The pressure that is applied through hammer blows to shape metal and steel can weigh multiple tons.
HSLA: stands for High strength low alloy. Not every company will require the metallic properties that high strength low alloys boast. Government institutions often utilize HSLA for the construction of pipelines or in other scenarios where they need a reinforced alloy that will not wither to corrosion.
Shredder: Metal and other alloys cannot be ripped apart with generic tools or instruments and therefore require the use of heavy machinery to manipulate large pieces of metal, including the destruction of old vehicles or equipment. Metal manufacturers will take these scraps of metal and repurpose them for several different uses.
Slitting: A procedure in which steel sheets coils are converted into strips after it is run through machinery equipped with rotary knives.
The metal and alloy industry are full of unique terms and colloquialisms that can be confusing to customers and outside observers. We aim to educate all interest customers in the process and manufacturing of metals and other in-demand alloys. For more information, feel free to contact us today!