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What is an I-beam?

This article was published on: 04/6/22 8:00 AM

An I-beam is a standard structural steel shape that serves as critical framework for the metal building industry for a range of constructions. For instance, I-beams go into building bridges, parking garages, skyscrapers, hospitals and much more. But what is it about their design that makes them such a quality building material? Structural beam design …

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What is schedule 40 steel pipe?

This article was published on: 03/22/22 8:00 AM

Schedule 40 steel pipe is the most commonly used pipe schedule. It can be galvanized — although it doesn’t have to be — and is usually used in water and gas lines. It may also appear in places that need ornamentation or support. It makes a great pipe due to its versatility and performance strength. …

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What to Look For in Galvanized Steel Pipe

This article was published on: 03/9/22 8:00 AM

Considering using galvanized steel pipe in your next project? It’s a good choice for many tasks thanks to its reliability, strength, affordability, and corrosion resistance. That’s why most home improvement projects and industrial applications use galvanized steel pipe schedule 40. Before you buy, though, it’s a good idea to find out more about galvanized steel …

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What is the Difference Between UL Certified and NIJ Certified Plate?

This article was published on: 02/21/22 10:35 AM

When looking to source ballistic steel plates, have you seen “UL certified” or “NIJ certified” and wondered what it meant? Understanding the differences between UL certified plate and NIJ certified plate can seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s review the UL and NIJ certification processes, who oversees them, and the unmistakable benefits …

The Kloeckner Advantage: Our Customized Care Puzzle

This article was published on: 02/8/22 5:12 PM

Expectations of what quality customer care looks like have increased and become more complex throughout the modern digital revolution. Leaning on chatbot messaging that lacks human intuition isn’t always a satisfactory solution. Automated social media message responses created to help direct traffic tend to add more noise than assistance. It’s impossible to intuit and generate …

Sponsored by Kloeckner: The Nostalgic Nerdy World of BattleBots

This article was published on: 01/31/22 8:08 PM

At the turn of the millennium, the early aughts held a special place for American pop culture. Before everyone got smartphones and social media accounts a few years later, we still shared a special connection to music, movies, and television. That was the beginning of the end of simpler times when we all gathered around …

New Year, New Top Dog Safety Program

This article was published on: 01/7/22 8:33 AM

Metal work is a tedious art form, no matter which stage of fabrication or distribution you find it in. The very nature of handling metal brings great potential for hazards. We understand this self-evident truth, so the frontlines of all Kloeckner branches thrive in a “Safety Always” discipline that encourages employee input for continuous improvement.  …

Conquering Two Key Challenges in the Metal Industry for 2022

This article was published on: 01/4/22 8:30 AM

We’re officially moving into another year of continued workforce challenges and supply chain volatility. There are countless articles being published on the subject every day, and this one’s my two cents. While these two things combine to create a perfect storm of uncertainty for many, we’ve been steadily stockpiling strategies that will not only protect …

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New Equipment: Robotic Welding Arm

This article was published on: 01/3/22 8:00 AM

We are proud to welcome the Panasonic TM-2000WG III Robotic Welding Arm at Nashville metal fabricator Kloeckner Metals Nashville – American Fabricators. The Cutting Edge Features of Our Robotic Welding Arm This Panasonic robotic welding arm offers repeatability and quality to precision high volume parts for Kloeckner Metals customers. Here’s how: Changeover between parts is …

stainless steel

What are the types of stainless steel?

This article was published on: 12/27/21 8:00 AM

Stainless steel is recognized for its strength, beauty, and resistance to corrosion. Not all stainless steel is alike, however. The metal comes in five distinct families and about 150 different grades. What is stainless steel exactly? Put simply, stainless steel is any one of the steel alloys that contains at least 10.5% chromium in the …

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