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Stainless Steel Castings | What Industry Needs Them?

There are so many different types of metals you could use for your project, so picking the best one can be difficult. We are experts in the metalworking industry and can provide you with the exact piece your project requires. A commonly used metal is stainless steel. Keep reading to find out if stainless steel is the right metal for your component.

Stainless steel from Ferralloy Inc!

What is Stainless Steel?

This metal is a versatile material with its most known characteristic being that it is resistant to corrosion. What makes this characteristic possible is the minimum of 10.5% Chromium that the stainless steel contains. The Chromium makes a thin layer of oxide on the steel’s surface, which prevents corrosion from occurring. For this reason, stainless steel is very popular in settings that are susceptible to corrosion. Not only is it resistant to corrosion, but it is also a very strong metal and able to sustain both low and high temperatures. There are three main types are: austenitic, ferritic, and martensitic, all of which vary in their characteristics. Making sure you utilize the right one is important, considering each type of stainless steel has a best use in slightly different applications.

What Industry Needs Them?

This material is used in many different industries for different purposes. For example, the chemical and oil and gas industries use this metal for tanks, pipes, pumps, and also valves. The building and construction industry also utilizes stainless steel as reinforcing bars in their projects. It is used for exhaust systems in the automotive industry because of its ability to handle high temperatures while maintaining it’s corrosion resistant property.

Ferralloy, Inc. supplies high quality products and services to a diverse metalworking customer base. We are experts in the metalworking industry and can manufacture your project requirements with your exact specifications. Contact Ferralloy, Inc. for all your metal needs today!

What is Alonizing? | Metal Manufacturing

To get the metal components you use in every day life, there are several processes that have to take place in order to achieve the end product. Even the most commonly used metal items that people use in their daily lives would be unrecognizable in its raw form. One of the many processes that metals undergo is alonizing. Even though not many consumers are aware of this process, it plays an important role in some of the most popular metal components. Keep reading to find out more about just one of the many products and processes Ferralloy specializes in!

Alonizing metals such as Keg Necks

What is Alonizing?  

Alonizing is a type of process referred to as a diffusion metallizing process. Simply put it is a thermochemical treatment where the surface layer of a metal is enriched with some metallic element. A common type of alonizing is the diffusion of aluminum through high temperature vapors on the surface of another metal. After the process is complete, the results are a base metal that retains all of its inherent characteristics, whilst having the surface properties of aluminum. A common alloy used as the base metal is steel. The purpose of steel would then be to have a steel that retains its strength and rigidity, and is also resistant to corrosion. Aluminum is a highly corrosion-resistant metal in itself, so adding that to the surface of a metal would produce a strong and resistant alloy.

What are Alonizing Applications?

This process is commonly used in extreme environments where metal components need to be strong and also resist corrosion. An example would be tubing and piping in highly corrosive environments. Furnace tubes, reformer tubes, heat exchanger tubes, waste gas heater tubes and downhole tubes for wells and production vessels are all examples of scenarios that would require metals that have undergone alonizing. Also piping used in oil and chemical production as well as power generation circumstances would also be common uses for metals that have been alonized.

No matter what the purpose is, Ferralloy can deliver the high quality metal component that you require. We have the capacity and authority to produce and manufacture the widest variety of metal products. Simply call us or visit our metalworking company online today to find out how we can benefit your business by meeting all of your metal needs!