Considerations when Machining Nickel Alloys

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Learn when to use nickel and how to meet its challenges. Although Continental Steel & Tube does not machine nickel alloys, we wanted to provide a useful article to our current and future customers who do. Nickel as a material has a long history in countless applications, from its use as a plating, to an […]

3 Lesser-Known Nickel Alloy Applications

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Nickel is one of the most versatile elements used in industry. While nickel has been used in its pure form since ancient times, today it is most commonly employed in alloys. Nickel’s slow oxidation rate makes it highly resistant to corrosion, and it provides excellent heat resistance as well. It has a wide solubility range […]

Green Alloys: Their Abilities and Advantages

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Across all industries, “green” is a major trend, and typically for good reason. Green products tend to be safer for both people and the planet, as well as containing varying degrees of reusability that lead to cost savings. When it comes to metals and metal products, the same holds true. Green alloys are quickly becoming […]

Comparing, Understanding and Choosing the Right Steel Plate Grade

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You might be aware of the fact that steel plate is a highly prevalent and important material used throughout manufacturing and construction. You may also be aware that many of your projects can’t exist without it. But what you might not know is that not all steel plate is created equal; there are a variety […]

Titanium Grade 5: The Workhorse of Titanium Alloys

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In the world of metals—and the countless industries that count on them—there are a seemingly endless amount of different types, alloys, and applications. It is impossible to put any one metal into one universal generalization. Take titanium, for instance. Titanium is an incredibly important metal in modern manufacturing; it is utilized by every worldwide industry […]

How to Buy Steel Bar

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Steel bar is is one of the more simple shapes to request – but there are some things that you should know when asking for a quote. 2. Metal Grade1. Hot Rolled vs. Cold FinishedFirst of all, there is both Hot Rolled and Cold Finished bar. Most typically, a full length Hot Rolled (HR) bar […]

OCTGs and the World of Oil Exploration

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Everything that makes modern life possible including transportation, refrigeration, manufacturing, and even the device you are using to read this blog, could not function without a constant supply of gas and oil. In 2013, the world consumed a staggering 91 million barrels-a-day, with the United States leading the way with 18.5 million barrels used. In […]

How to Buy Metal Wire

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Metal wire may seem like an easy thing to order (or at least, easier than angle, beam, tube, plate, or pipe), however there are some factors that can make it more complicated than what is initially apparanet. The key to accurately ordering metal wire is making sure you’re aware of the exact specifications you need […]

Does Welding or Fabricating Nickel Alloys Affect Corrosion Resistance?

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Maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) teams can especially attest that MRO processes are being increasingly upgraded and updated with new, specialized materials. As new construction methods take hold, new challenges are being introduced to mechanical, plumbing, or electrical device maintenance and replacement. Superalloys are popular in MRO processes due to their mechanical strength, resistance to […]

Corrosive Resistance in Various Nickel Alloys

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The rapid pace of advancement in technology has introduced new approaches to traditional applications. As new systems are developed, and existing systems are upgraded, a variety of nickel based alloys are being used to bring about enhanced performance. For the MRO faced with working with these materials, it is important to first have a good […]