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A plane takes off above the windshield of a blue car parked at an airport

How Airport Parking Works

Airports started as a simple transfer point between ground and sky. Travelers were often dropped off: parking was scant. Paid parking lots, with security and lighting, were an innovation introduced in the 1950s in Cleveland. As air-travel became common and airports became bustling hubs, these parking lots became a vital

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Millwright Jobs, Wages, and Career Info

Reliance Foundry is known for bollards, but we also specialize in industrial wheels. We work with millwrights who need a high degree of confidence in the quality of parts. After the purchase order is in, it’s often the millwright we talk to about specification—yet millwrighting is often not well understood

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Making places people want to be: ASLA Expo 2019

We’re looking forward to meeting with visitors and exhibitors at the ASLA Expo held in San Diego, November 16th and 17th. Come by booth #3150 to meet our team, where we will be imagining new ways of creating attractive, safe, flexible spaces.  Come enjoy a game of bollard chess! Join

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304 Stainless Steel versus 409 Stainless Steel

304 is an austenitic stainless steel high in chromium and nickel with very high corrosion resistance. It is one of the most commonly produced and used stainless steel grades. 409 is a ferritic stainless steel with less chromium and very little nickel. It less expensive to produce than 304, but

A black bollard with yellow reflective tape stands before a very blue sky

Flexible Bollards vs. Traffic Delineators

Bollards—the short posts that mark perimeters and guide traffic—are often made of steel or concrete, designed to stop a car in its tracks. Yet in some places, site planners don’t want a fixed bollard that could do vehicle damage or stop a car. Emergency vehicles may need to access a

Stainless steel bloom production

Stainless Steel Production and Processing

We have manufactured steel for a thousand years, but stainless steel is a relative newcomer. It was invented in 1913 by a Harry Brearley, a British metallurgist. Chemists, engineers, and materials scientists have been experimenting ever since. As a rust-resistant alloy, it can offer the same material properties as steel

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A Complete Guide to Stainless Steel

In this guide: How is stainless steel made? What is stainless steel made of? Types of stainless steel Stainless steel grades Mechanical properties of stainless steel A technical look – stainless steel’s molecular microstructure Care and maintenance Stainless steel is the common name for a large group of ferrous alloys

A stainless steel clad modernist building with curved walls reaches towards a blue sky.

Austenitic Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is called “stainless” because of its resistance to rust. Steel contains iron and carbon in certain percentages: adding the element chromium transforms it from steel to stainless steel. Starting with these three basic elements, metallurgists have created a huge range of stainless steels. Types of metals in the

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Steel Pipe: An Introduction

Steel pipes are cylindrical tubes made from steel that are used many ways in manufacturing and infrastructure. They’re the most utilized product made by the the steel industry. The primary use of pipe is in the transport of liquid or gas underground—including oil, gas, and water. However, pipes of varying

A road leading to the Library of Congress is surrounded by greenspace and protected by bollards

Public Buildings as Infrastructure Investment

In a polarized political climate, one thing that unites people of all political stripes is the belief that infrastructure spending would be positive for the country. A $2 trillion infrastructure bill introduced in the spring, with strong bipartisan support, was put on hiatus for political reasons shortly after. Although the