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May 17th, 2017

Playing up Beryllium Copper’s strengths

Ensure you get the most out of this red-metal alloy by understanding its unique properties With each new generation of electronics, laptops get slimmer and more powerful and cell phones have even greater capacities for the amount of apps, music, and streaming sports and television that consumers want to carry…

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May 3rd, 2017

Custom creations

Aluminum master alloys help metallurgists fine-tune alloys to create materials that are stronger, lighter, and more easily processed Aluminum is the most abundant metallic element in the Earth’s crust—it’s even more common than Iron. In its pure form, though, it’s soft and malleable. It needs to be alloyed with other…

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April 19th, 2017

Creating complex shapes

Powdered metals help engineers produce parts cost-effectively What is the best way to make a 3-D part out of metal? It depends. There are a number of considerations involved, including time and money. To create parts, manufacturers can choose either a subtractive or an additive manufacturing process. Subtractive manufacturing involves…

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April 5th, 2017

Beyond base metals

Minor metals are major players in high-tech innovation Typically the word “minor” refers to things of lesser importance, size or degree. Minor metals, however, are far from inferior—they are major players in a wide range of specialty, high-tech industries and used to create alloys with desirable mechanical properties, including deformability…

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March 22nd, 2017

Taming corrosion

A properly installed Zinc anode protects metal components Corrosion is a destructive force. When certain metals come in contact with water, they can begin to degrade quickly. But in the case of storage tanks, steel water or fuel pipelines, and boats, contact with both fresh and saltwater is necessary. Cathodic…

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March 8th, 2017

Powerful protection

Zinc anodes can extend the useful life of metal parts Anyone who has spent time near beaches knows that metal items exposed to saltwater begin to rust quickly. Freshwater encourages oxidation, as well, but because saltwater is a good conductor, electrons move easily through it, accelerating the reactions that cause…

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February 22nd, 2017

The right metal for the job

Custom alloys can help streamline production Although custom alloys often are associated with new and advanced applications, they also can solve real-world production problems. For more than a century, Belmont Metals, based in Brooklyn, New York, has been working collaboratively with its customers to create materials that can improve their…

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February 8th, 2017

Overcome challenges

Moving beyond standard alloys helps satisfy strict requirements When specifying materials for a project, companies can choose from many different types of standard alloys. In some cases, though, they might need to develop a custom alloy in order to achieve the best-possible performance. Research is ongoing to create new, advanced…

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January 25th, 2017

Solid structures

From everyday uses to extreme applications, Aluminum alloys get the job done Many people think of Aluminum in terms of crushable cans and foil, but, in addition to being lightweight, Aluminum’s strength and toughness is valuable when manufacturing cars, trucks and military vehicles. There are more than 500 recorded alloys…

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January 11th, 2017

Light and strong

Aluminum alloys are essential to a wide variety of applications From planes to trains, cans and cars—when engineers are looking for a way to reduce weight but retain strength, they often turn to lightweight, durable Aluminum. The white metal only has been manufactured in commercial quantities for just over a…

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