It depends… on your application and strength requirements. We can help you determine the grade, gauge, finish, processing, and more to fit the product you are manufacturing, your process, and your customer’s requirements. Take a quick look at our Steel Reference Guide. Or contact us for expert help.
We will customize your steel order to your specs. Just contact our experts and we’ll work with you to make a recommendation. And, with help from our Materials Support Team, we may be able to help you reduce how much steel you use. To see common gauge specs, check out our Steel Reference Guide.
Our Materials Support Team has the full range of capabilities to test extensively, and, more important, analyze what's happening with your steel. We use extensive data analytics, up-to-the-minute technology, and our advanced metals evaluation lab to assist and guide customers to better solutions.
We partner with our customers—and potential customers—to solve many different types of issues caused by materials, processes, or other factors. With 250+ years of combined experience, our metallurgists have seen a lot and solved a lot. Contact us for expert help, or visit our Resource Library.
We continue to add the latest technology, replacing what were typically manually-led processes, and generating data that used to be strictly brain-fed. For more precise measurements, greater consistency, tighter tolerances, faster test results, and more reliable conclusions. Which means better steel for you.
It’s a common problem. Steel selection plays a role, so it’s important to get a sample into our lab and investigate the microstructure, chemistry, and mechanical properties of the specific steel when subjected to heat. Don’t sweat it, though. Contact us for expert help, or visit our Resource Library.
Issues with formability and fracturing can be solved. It might be the tooling or lubricant you’re using. Or the steel you chose might be too hard or soft for the die. Drawing steel requires a delicate balance. Whatever your issue, we’ve probably seen it and solved it. Contact us for expert help, or visit our Resource Library.
We can help you shorten the time it takes to fix an issue and eliminate experimenting with different specs and grades. We can also address problems with surfaces and coatings. Before you make a change, we can test your steel and recommend the most effective solution. Contact us for help, or visit our Resource Library.
We continue to add the latest technology, replacing what were typically manually-led processes and generating calculations and data that used to be strictly brain-fed. For more precise measurements, greater consistency, tighter tolerances, faster test results, and more reliable conclusions. Which means better steel for you.
Buying Intelligence FAQs
In a volatile market, buying steel means more than getting the best price right now. If you think you need help protecting margins or creating a buying strategy over the long run, our experienced experts can help you find the answers.
Let us handle the hedging so you can run your business, knowing you are controlling your margins. A dedicated team will partner with you to create a custom solution to meet your needs. We want it to be easy and convenient for our customers.
If you are experiencing profit margin compression due to zinc pricing changes, we can help—with similar strategies and services for zinc price risk management as detailed above. Contact us for more information.
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