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What Is Penetrant Inspection (FPI and LPI)?

Penetrant inspection is a popular detection method because it is relatively inexpensive and can be administered on a...

Tool Steel Material Profiles

Grade MTEK A2 (T90102 / CA2) Tool Steel Description Air-hardening medium-alloy cold work steel Properties – Why select...

It’s Still The Bronze Age

Metallurgically, Bronze is a copper-based metal alloyed with tin, lead, aluminum or other elements to change the material’s...

Material Applications: Heat Resistant Alloy Profiles Part 2

Iron Chrome (Fe-Cr) Alloys. This group includes the grades HA, HC and HD. Description This family of stainless...

Nitronic Austenitic Stainless Steel Material Profile

Grade Nitronic® 50 (J93790 / CG6MMN / Licensed by Armco, Inc.) Description Low carbon austenitic stainless steel Nitronic...

Shaped Centrifugal Castings

Centrifugally cast components are typically thought of as straight walled cylindrical geometries such as tubes, pipe, or rings. They...

What Is Wear?

Walking across a grocery store parking lot, six-year-old Danny stumbled, fell down and did further damage to his...

Alloy Numbering Systems

Surfing around the reaches of cable TV the other night, we came across an airing of Atlas Shrugged. ...

MetalTek International Glossary of Metal Casting Terms

If you Google “Casting Terminology”, you get over 12 million results.  Some of the results will show you...

5 Examples When Castings Were Better Option vs. Fabrication or Forging

Partnering with a supplier that brings a full range of metalworking processes lets you be confident that you...

Centrifugal Casting Process: Advantages and Limitations

Advantages Centrifugal Casting Eliminates Mid-wall Defects The centrifugal process does not rely on discrete risers or feed points...

Bearium Alloys

For over 60 years, Bearium® Metals have been chosen for performance under the toughest operating conditions. These are...