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Stainless steel building

Does Stainless Steel Rust Over Time?

Will stainless steel rust? Stainless steel is armed with built-in corrosion resistance but it can and will rust in certain conditions—although not as quickly or severely as conventional steels. Stainless steels corrode when exposed to damaging chemicals, saline, grease, moisture, or heat for prolonged periods of time. Stainless steel’s protection

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History of Vancouver Foundries

Before Vancouver became the City of Glass, it was host to a strong industrial base—necessary in supporting the industry and development of BC. Mining, fisheries, and forestry were primary drivers of economic growth, and Vancouver’s location offered valuable access to both ocean routes and a newly completed Canadian Pacific Railway.

Steel castings in a foundry

Cast Steel Production: Properties and Composition

Cast steel is a ferrous alloy with a maximum carbon content of approximately 0.75%. Steel castings are solid metal objects produced by filling the void within a mold with liquid steel. They are available in many of the same carbon and alloy steels that can be produced as wrought metals.

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Outsourcing: Travelling to China

In North America, in the 1990s, traditional metal manufacturing was in shock. Labor costs were outstripping sales prices, and many businesses were shutting their doors. For Reliance Foundry to continue to be viable, it needed to outsource some of its production lines. It was then that Reliance Foundry’s vice president,

Aluminum ingots produced after aluminum casting

Aluminum and Aluminum Castings

The growing popularity of aluminum Aluminum is the third most abundant element in the world, and the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust. Aluminum contributes to more than 8% of the earth’s core mass. However, it is difficult to refine compared to other metals, such as iron. For this

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Steel Grades: Conversion from ASTM Standards

When manufacturing overseas, North American designers might need to navigate differences in spoken language. Engineering specification is also a language, and standard specifications for material and processes are defined differently in each country in the world. To a new designer, steel grades might seem easy, where 316 stainless steel is

Cast iron parts at a foundry

Introduction to Cast Iron: History, Types, Properties, and Uses

The presence of iron in everyday life began in about 1200 BCE, encompassing a wide range of uses from farming implements to weapons of war. Blacksmiths became a critical profession, working with iron to change its properties and shape the material into tools. Every village and town would have a blacksmith’s shop, where sickles, plowshares, nails, swords, candlestick holders, and more were produced.

An engineer tests the hardness of steel in a metal production facility

Steel Grading: Chemistry and Properties

Steel grading systems consider chemical composition, treatment, and mechanical properties to enable fabricators to select the appropriate product for their application. Aside from the actual percentage of carbon and other alloys in the material, the microstructure also has a significant influence on the mechanical properties of steel. It is important

Metal shaped by forging machine

Introduction to Forging Methods

What is forging? Forging is a manufacturing process involving the shaping of a metal through hammering, pressing, or rolling. These compressive forces are delivered with a hammer or die. Forging is often categorized according to the temperature at which it is performed—cold, warm, or hot forging. A wide range of

Sculpture in New York made from investment casting

What is Investment Casting?

Investment casting, also known as precision casting or lost-wax casting, is a manufacturing process in which a wax pattern is used to shape a disposable ceramic mold. A wax pattern is made in the exact shape of the item to be cast. This pattern is coated with a refractory ceramic