Monthly Archives: March 2014

From Colorcoat comes this fantastic infographic covering all the myriad ways our favorite metal changed the entire world.  Be sure to check it out, but set aside some time, it’s a big one!


How Steel Changed the World

How Steel Changed the World created by Tata Steel



After an especially brutal and cold winter, we’re all relieved to finally see the arrival of spring!  …Even though it’s still going to 30 degrees in the Northeast on Monday.  But still!  The weather is improving, the days are getting longer, and everything is looking up.  So, in lieu of talking about metals and industry, let’s take a look at the season to come, and everything that makes spring, well, springy, with interesting facts about the season from ParkRideFlyUSA.

  • We’ve all heard the term ‘vernal equinox’. Vernal means ‘spring’ and equinox means ‘equal night’. Both words are from Latin.
  • Despite the term, the day when there are 12 equal hours of daylight and darkness usually happens before the first day of spring.
  • The first day of spring in the southern hemisphere is the date of the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, usually in September.
  • Benjamin Franklin was the first American to propose Daylight Saving Time in 1784. However, it wasn’t fully implemented in the US until after the Second World War.
  • The practice of starting Daylight Saving Time on the second Sunday in March in the US started in 2005.
  • Daylight Saving Time starts and ends at different times around the world.
  • In Europe, Daylight Saving Time is known as Summer Time.
  • The reason that there’s more daylight during spring is that the earth’s axis tilts towards the sun at this time of year.
  • Some of the plants that have strong associations with spring include dandelions, daffodils, lilies, primroses, hyacinths, tulips, azaleas, iris and lilacs.
  • Dandelions originated in Asia.
  • Several singers have sung about spring including Van Morrison (Celtic Spring), Billie Holiday (Some Other Spring) and Frank Sinatra (Suddenly it’s Spring).
  • Animals and insects associated with spring include the rabbit, frog, deer, fox, bear, bee, butterfly, ladybug and hummingbird.
  • Spring fever is not just a myth – the body may experience physiological changes due to changes in diet, hormone production and temperature.
  • Melting snow and additional rain may cause more flooding in spring.
  • Children grow faster in spring.
  • Spring is when birds return home after migrating in winter. About 1800 bird species migrate.

In an industry like ours, understanding the lay of the land of the industry is incredibly important. we need to know where metals have been, where they’re going, and where they are.  Especially steel.  These three graphical representations of the some current steel industry numbers is a good place to start to begin understanding just what is what in modern steel production.  Check them out!

production revenue steel demand

Our own Bob Sipp recently got published in Modern Metals Magazine with an article he wrote with Kelly Konrad all about achieving flatness in metals called “Achieving True Flatness”!  We wanted to invite everyone to take a look at the full article over on the Modern Metals website.  The full article can be found RIGHT HERE.




Above: The Benwood Wide Line located at the Benwood, W.Va., facility processes all coiled metals, without marking, to the highest global standard for laser-quality sheets up to 1⁄2 inch x 96 inches at any length, as well as coil-to-coil. Metals can include bright-annealed stainless and painted/embossed or P&O carbon steel. Even they will have no marks from Leveltek’s gripper technology

Defects in materials are rarely acceptable, and for some industries, they’re simply not an option