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Titanium Fasteners | Metalworking Ferralloy, Inc.

With so many different types of materials and forms to choose from, knowing what’s best for your metalworking needs can get confusing. With experience in the metalworking industry since 1984, Ferralloy, Inc. can help you decide which raw material and form will be the most beneficial for your specific needs. To help you get started, we’re going to explain a popular metalworking component: titanium. Specifically, titanium fasteners. Keep reading to learn what titanium is, why it’s used, and common titanium fastener applications.

What is Titanium?

Titanium (Ti) is a very common element. In fact, it’s the 4th most abundant metallic element on earth. Titanium metal is brittle when cold. At higher temperatures, it’s capable of being hammered into thin sheets and being drawn into thin wires. Chemically, titanium tends to be quite unreactive. It resists attacks by acids, chlorine, and other corrosive agents. Titanium’s characteristics make it the metal of choice for many diverse applications.

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Why are Titanium Fasteners Used?

Titanium is used because it’s physical and chemical properties enable it to be a great all-around material to produce metalworking components. Specifically, titanium fasteners are strong, light, and rustproof. Titanium fasteners are long lasting and low maintenance. Titanium also weighs less than steel, yet is just as strong. This makes it a great way to reduce the weight off an assembly. Titanium also isn’t toxic so it won’t poison any humans or animals. Lastly, titanium is used because it reduces heat transfers, which can have significant benefits for components.

What Are Titanium Fastener Applications?

Titanium fasteners can be found in a wide range of industries. These include aerospace, industrial, chemical processing, marine, medical, sporting, and consumer goods. The most popular being aerospace. In fact, about 65 percent of all titanium sold is used in aerospace applications.

No matter your industry or application, Ferralloy, Inc. can supply you with the highest quality titanium fasteners on time and competitively priced. As industry leaders, we can also help you with a wide range of metalworking products if titanium isn’t what you’re looking for. Contact Ferralloy, Inc. today!

Machined Forgings | What is Machining?

When working with foundries to order the manufactured metal components you need, there may be several options offered to you for your specific piece. To deliver a completely finished and high quality product, Ferralloy offers machined forgings to the customers who require this value added service. Our efficient and established processes can produce premium machined forgings. Find out more about machining below!

What is Machining?  

Machining is a manufacturing process in which a metal component is cleaned up to the specific measurements that companies require them to be. After the forging process the product that is produced is a rough shaped component. For some applications it is important for the forging to be exact measurements and exact shapes and this is where the machining process comes into play. With several different tools and techniques, the component is perfected through the machining process. There are several different tools available to use during this process, including boring, cutting, drilling, grinding milling and turning tools. There are also different types of cutting techniques like laser, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting.

What are Machined Forgings Applications?

There are several industries where machined forgings are required, including, in particular the aerospace industry. In order to manufacture vehicles in which will be utilizing the laws of physics to fly in the air, there is a specific science behind it. The pieces used in such aircrafts need to be manufactured to precise measurements in order for the product to function correctly. Machined forgings are just one of the components used in the aerospace industry.

Closed Die Formed Machined Forgings

At Ferralloy we supply high quality products and services to a large range and varied metalworking customer base. We are experts in the foundry industry and can manufacture machined forgings to your exact specifications. Contact our metalworking supply company today for more information about our product selection and manufacturing capabilities! We can help supply your company with the metal components you need!

Inconel Alloys | Uses and Characteristics

With all the different applications that metal is used, different characteristics are needed for each use. The wide array of metals available to be manufactured into the component or part needed for a project allows companies to get the metal that has all of their specifications in order to serve their purpose in the most effective way. One such metal that many industries use is Inconel alloys. What is it? Why is it used? Keep reading to find out!

Inconel alloys have many applications because of its unique properties

What are Inconel Alloys?

This is a metal from the nickel chromium family. Inconel is considered a super alloy and special metals with specific applications. It has several characteristics that make is a desirable metal. Inconel alloys are resistant to corrosion which makes it suitable for some extreme environments. It is also resistant to oxidation and can withstand high temperatures. When it is exposed to heat, Inconel forms a layer to protect the surface from heat and other damage. It is not only heat resistant, but maintains its strength when heated. Its high temperature strength is thanks to solid solution strengthening or precipitation strengthening, depending on the alloy variety. This material is also resistant to pressure which makes it perfect for extreme applications.

What are Inconel Alloy Applications?

Due to all of these characteristics, Inconel alloys can be used for a wide variety of applications, including sea-water applications. The properties of Inconel alloys make it perfect for propeller blades, submarine quick disconnect fittings, submarine auxiliary propulsion motors, steal-line bellows and more.  It is also widely used in the aerospace field for aircraft ducting systems, engine exhaust systems, hydraulic line tubing and heat-exchanger tubing in environmental control systems.

Whatever your application may be, Ferralloy Inc can supply you with the highest quality metal components! We are industry leaders, providing you with parts at competitive prices and in quick turnaround time. Inconel is just one of the many metals we supply and work with, so give us a call at 440-250-1900 or visit our foundry online today!

Rolled Ring Forging Vs. Plate Burnout

Metal Rings are needed for several different types of applications. One of the most widely used metal components, metal rings can vary in size, thickness and in diameter. In order to achieve a strong, durable and cost effective metal ring for your project, there is one process that stands above the rest, but which is it? Keep reading to learn the differences between the rolled ring forging and plate burnout processes in order to manufacture a metal ring.

Rolled ring forging is the best process for rolled ring components

Plate Burnout

In the Plate Burnout process, which is just one of the many processes in which a metal ring can be achieved, the metalworker begins with a plate of metal. Once the component specifications are known, the plate is punctured in the shape and size of the metal ring that is needed. Essentially, the ring is just punched out of the metal to form in the metal ring. This type of method make the metal ring more susceptible to fatigue.

Rolled Ring Forging

In the manufacturing method of seamless rolled ring forging, the waste of the metal that is punched out is avoided and the piece and stronger and more durable. A donut shape is formed from metal and then is forged into the metal ring that is needed. The size and diameter is shaped from this donut shaped metal, as the metal is at extremely high temperatures and is malleable. This process saves wasting the metal from a plate when the ring is punched out, which makes it a more cost effective method. This process also results in stronger components.

For all of your metal manufacturing needs, Ferralloy Inc has the authority and experience to help you. They are industry leaders in metal working and can suggest the best methods for manufacturing your metal component and at competitive rates. They are dedicated to producing and delivering the highest quality products, to fulfill your project in the best manner. Contact Ferralloy Inc today to inquire about your metal working needs!

Titanium Components | Fasteners | Tubing

Titanium has a huge number of uses and common applications, a lot that most people may not be completely familiar with. Titanium components like fasteners and tubing are important for many industrial applications, but why are titanium alloys used versus other metals? What makes titanium components a great option for industrial and other applications?

Titanium Characteristics

Titanium Inconel Tubing

What makes titanium alloys an important part of the metalworking industry? It has many useful and effective characteristics. Although steel is one of the strongest metals, titanium matches the strength of steel, but it is lighter. Titanium has the highest strength to weight ratio of any structural metal. A very strong and light weight material has a lot of uses in several different industries. Titanium can also withstand high temperatures and pressure. These characteristics make titanium a highly desirable metal because it can be used in a wide variety of situations and products undergoing a range of processes. What are some of the most common titanium alloy applications?

Titanium Fasteners

Titanium components, like fasteners, are mainly used in aircrafts. An aircraft needs to withstand a lot of pressure and still be light. Titanium is also corrosion resistant and good high-temperature performance, which are also important features in aerospace components. Titanium fasteners have other applications as well. In the aerospace industry, however, they are a highly important component.

Titanium Tubing

Because of the high resistivity to corrosion and high temperature, it is a perfect material for many different components. Titanium tubing can be used in either aerospace components or marine components. Deep sea drilling components, marine parts or at desalination plants, titanium tubing can come in handing in a variety of different situations.

Whether it be titanium fasteners, titanium tubing, or any other titanium needs, contact Ferralloy Inc today! We offer high quality products at competitive costs so that your metalworking needs are met and so is your bottom line. Call us at (440) 250-1900 or visit our titanium component manufacturing company online.

Forgings | Difference Between Hot and Cold Processes

 As a company focused on providing only the highest quality metalwork products to the companies and industries in need of castings, forgings and machining goods, we understand the importance of all the different types of processes involved in developing these products. We stay at the forefront of advanced techniques in the production of fabrications relating to the metalworking industry. One of these processes is forging and in this following post we will examine the differences between the different types of metal forgings available for producing high quality metal workings.

What is Forging?

High quality forgings can be found at Ferralloy Inc

It is a good idea to begin with what “forging” is in respects to our metalworking industry. Forging is the process in metal works manufacturing where the metal is pressed, pounded or squeezed under great pressure into different unique parts, known as “forgings”. The metal used in this process is never melted, as it is in other processes relevant in this industry, and the process can be done using different techniques and temperatures; hot and cold.

What is the Difference Between the Different Types of Forging?

The difference between the different types of processes is the temperatures and the effects that the temperatures have on the process and forgings. First, cold forging involves impression die forging or true closed die forging with lubricant or circular dies at room temperature. In cold forging it is easier to impart directional properties, there is increased dimensional control and it handles high stress and high die loads. In this process, little to no finishing work is required and so it helps saves on the costs side of the product manufacturing. But on the flip side, this process is generally restricted to simple shapes being produced in high volumes.

For more complex shapes and configurations, hot forging is required. The metal is deformed at a high enough temperature so that the recrystallization occurs simultaneously with the deformation in order to avoid strain hardening. In order to avoid oxidation of certain metals, a process refereed to as isothermal forging is used, and it simply refers to the deformation taking place in a vacuum. This forging technique allows for a more customized component production, however with this method there is a loss in precision for dimensional tolerance in the process.

Essentially, when manufacturing a metal fabrication is important to consider the desired component and required functionality of the component when determining which forging method to utilize. At Ferralloy we supply high quality products and services to a wide range and diverse metalworking customer base. We are experts in the metalworking industry and can manufacture forgings to your exact specifications. Contact our metalworking supply company today if you have any additional questions on the types of manufacturing processes or products necessary for your metalworking business.