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The 4 Types of Heat Treatment Steel Undergoes

This article was published on: 07/14/20 6:07 PM

In our last blog post, we covered the three stages of heat treatment that include heating the metal to a set temperature (the heating stage), keeping it at that temperature for a specific length of time (the soaking stage), and cooling it down to room temperature with a method that depends on the type of …

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The 3 Stages of Heat Treatment

This article was published on: 07/7/20 3:41 PM

Overview of Heat Treatment  All of the typical processes performed on metals produce heat, whether it’s welding or cutting, and any time you heat metal, you change the metallurgical structure and properties of it. Inversely, you can also use heat treatment to restore metals to its original form.  Heat treatment is the process of heating metal without letting it reach its molten, or melting, stage, …

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A Quick Guide to Annealing: What is Annealed Metal?

This article was published on: 06/30/20 11:00 AM

Annealing is a specific process of heat treatment that alters the properties of metal. While there are many different types of heat treatment, annealing is popular because it increases ductability and reduces hardness. In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the process of annealing. What Is The Annealing Process? Annealing is …

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State-of-the-Art Laser Cutting Equipment with the Bystar Fiber Bystronic

This article was published on: 06/23/20 10:14 AM

Late last year, the Bystar Fiber Bystronic became Kloeckner Metals’ latest state-of-the-art laser cutting equipment when it was installed at Kloeckner Charlotte. Fiber laser cutting has been one of the most disruptive technologies introduced to the metalworking market since CO2 lasers were first introduced for cutting sheet metal back in the 1980s. Fiber laser cutting …

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What’s the Difference between Steel Pipe and Steel Tube?

This article was published on: 06/16/20 11:00 AM

Do You Know the Difference between Steel Pipe and Steel Tube? People often think that both are the same. They both can be seamless or welded. However, there are significant differences between steel pipe and steel tube. A pipe is round. A tube can be round, square, rectangular, or oval in shape. Pipes are primarily …

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How Kloeckner Cultivates Business Leadership in the Organization

This article was published on: 06/9/20 11:00 AM

We first shared Kloeckner’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) back in February. The business leadership program, now in its third year, helps new and emerging leaders develop essential skills across Kloeckner’s 170 branches worldwide and prepares them to take on new roles and challenges as Kloeckner and the manufacturing industry digitizes. Cultivating talent is one pillar …

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How to Implement a Close Call Program

This article was published on: 06/2/20 2:00 PM

Before implementing a Close Call Program it is important to first answer the following questions: What is a Close Call? Why do you want to implement the Close Call Program?  What steps did you take to help the Close Call Program succeed? How Was it Implemented? What Have Been the Results? What Is a Close …

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The History of Agile Manufacturing

This article was published on: 05/26/20 10:00 AM

While the manufacturing industry is often criticized for its late adoption of agile, the truth is that as early as 1991, the manufacturing industry was already talking about agile manufacturing. In an influential paper published by the Iacocca Institute that year, “21st Century Manufacturing Enterprise Strategy: An Industry Led View”, industry veterans discussed what would …

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How Close Call Cards Helped Create a Culture of Safety at Kloeckner

This article was published on: 05/19/20 11:30 AM

What are close call cards? Exactly what they sound like: simple note cards that give employees the opportunity to record and share with their team a near incident on the floor that could, under existing or similar conditions, be dangerous. Despite their simplicity, they’ve had a huge impact on the safety culture at Kloeckner, empowering managers to …

Employee Spotlight – Alicia Cole

This article was published on: 04/7/20 10:00 AM

Alicia Cole is a Materials Manager in the Procurement department of Kloeckner Metals. She has been with the company for almost four years. She started her journey here when she had been looking for a new career path and a recruiter suggested Kloeckner. “Procurement seemed to be an interesting new career path to take. I …


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