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Aluminum Alloys

A Guide to the Most Popular, All-Purpose Aluminum Alloys

This article was published on: 05/17/21 8:00 AM

Aluminum is no doubt one of the most popular metals, shaping the capabilities of our modern world. Aluminum alloys make a wide range of in-demand products possible. HVAC, smart phones, automotive parts, and marine gear all require them. Scientists, architects, and designers prefer aluminum for many reasons including high strength-to-weight ratio, flexibility, and energy savings. …

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A One-Stop Guide to Automotive Aluminum

This article was published on: 05/12/21 8:00 AM

Automotive aluminum has been around since aluminum was first produced. At the time, it was prohibitively expensive to use as an auto material en masse. But as aluminum became more affordable, and more and more aluminum alloys have been engineered to meet the specific needs of the automotive industry, it has become today’s fastest growing …

40 Years: Lisa Sweitzer

Lisa Sweitzer Enjoying Her 44 Years with Kloeckner York

This article was published on: 05/11/21 10:00 AM

“I used to tell people I started working here at 10,” jokes Lisa Sweitzer. In 1977, her aunt, dad, and uncle all worked at Edgcomb Steel (now Kloeckner Metals) in York Memory Lane, Pennsylvania. That’s how she started. Then, she stayed. Originally hired to work at the Kloeckner York (Memory) front desk, over her 44 …

Welding Aluminum

A Guide to Welding Aluminum

This article was published on: 05/3/21 8:00 AM

Welding aluminum makes countless products possible. Like auto pistons, aircraft, marine valves, bikes, structural aluminum beams, and many others. Whether welding aluminum plate, sheet, bar, or tube to make these and other products, knowing the aluminum grade is what’s most critical. Welding Aluminum Alloys Aluminum is alloyed with various elements which accentuate certain characteristics, like …

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What is Aluminum Used for: Automotive Edition

This article was published on: 04/28/21 8:00 AM

What is aluminum used for when it comes to the automotive industry? The short answer is, a lot! Aluminum is rapidly becoming a material central to vehicle manufacturing. In fact, aluminum is considered the fastest growing automotive manufacturing material. Looking ahead, it’s certain that demand for aluminum in the auto industry will continue driving upwards. …

Majid Azhdarzadeh Employee Spotligh

Majid Azhdarzadeh Overcomes Challenges to Live His Dreams

This article was published on: 04/26/21 8:00 AM

Majid Azhdarzadeh is a CAD Programmer at Kloeckner Metals Charlotte (Black Satchel) whose reputation resolving an impressive range of mechanical issues could earn him the nickname, The Magic Worker. The Magic Worker When asked how he approaches machine issues, Majid replies, matter-of-factly, “You just solve it. You find the significant parts of the problem, and …

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What Are the Major Properties of Aluminum?

This article was published on: 04/19/21 8:00 AM

If you’ve ever wondered what properties of aluminum make it such a popular and versatile metal, you’re not alone. There are numerous characteristics that make aluminum and aluminum alloys one of the world’s most important materials in use across an impressive range of industries. This includes the appliance, architectural, aviation, and automotive industries, just to name …

Comparing 7075 Aluminum vs 6061

Comparing 7075 Aluminum vs 6061

This article was published on: 04/5/21 10:00 AM

When choosing an aluminum alloy for a project, it’s important to consider the attributes you need for the final application – whether it’s strength, corrosion resistance, conductivity, or a combination of these qualities. 7075 aluminum and 6061 aluminum are two common types of alloy in the industry that are worth comparing. What is the Chemical …

Is aluminum an alloy?

Is Aluminum an Alloy?

This article was published on: 03/29/21 8:00 AM

What exactly is aluminum? Is it a natural element or a man-made alloy? The answer is: both! But aluminum can take on a variety of shapes and forms depending on how it’s treated. Read on to learn more about this important element and how it has come to play a part in a variety of …

John Nichols Retired with Kloeckner

How We’ll Remember Big John

This article was published on: 03/23/21 8:05 AM

“It’s been a well-spent journey,” John Nichols begins. Big John, as his colleagues nicknamed him, reflects on his life a week before retirement. He was 45 years old when he started as a forklift operator and packager for Edgcomb steel (now Kloeckner Metals) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. “I never in my life expected to be here …


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