Market Update: The Complex State of Steel

Posted by Boyd Metals on November 19, 2018

As we sat down to write this article a year ago, no one could have foreseen the run-up in metals prices that would take place in 2018. Strong demand, coupled with the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, sent prices to historic levels.

Though things have calmed since the instatement of the 232 tariffs, there are still a lot of factors at play that makes 2019 very difficult to forecast.

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Topics: Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

Made in America: The Past, Present, and Future of the American Steel Industry

Posted by Boyd Metals on October 17, 2018

The American steel industry has seen a lot over its illustrious history. From its rise following the Civil War, throughout its downfall in the latter half of the 20th century, and now during its current state with new regulations bringing about a trade war within the global market. Steel has been the backbone to innovation and the economic growth of our great nation for centuries.

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Topics: Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

New Tariffs and The Complex State of Steel

Posted by Boyd Metals on April 4, 2018
If you're reading this, you are probably already aware that the last couple of months have brought rapid change to the steel industry. This shift is likely to impact your business and it certainly has been impacting ours. This article is written to share some of the factors that you may want to take into consideration as you make decisions for your business.
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Topics: Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

Everything You Need to Know About Plasma Cutting

Posted by Boyd Metals on February 22, 2018

Whether you are a worker in a shipyard constructing cargo ships or an artist trying to turn your latest vision into a metal masterpiece, chances are you are going to be utilizing plasma cutting at some point during the process. 

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Topics: Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

Supplier FAQ | Carbon Steel VS Stainless Steel

Posted by Boyd Metals on July 10, 2017

What is so special about stainless steel? Can it be used everywhere carbon steel is used? Should I never use one or the other for certain tasks?

If you don't know all the differences between these two, you're not alone. We get questions about it on a regular basis. So, to help everyone out, we put together this short article. Here are some key facts about each, tips for how you can tell between them, and advice on when you should use one and not the other.

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Topics: Sourcing Materials, Industry Knowledge, Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

5 Frequently Asked Questions about Stainless Steel

Posted by Boyd Metals on June 27, 2017

Stainless steel permeates so many aspects of American life of today. The singular properties of this metal make it well suited for a wide range of applications - especially ones where conditions are demanding. From corrosion resistant cutlery and surgical tools, to food and pharmaceutical tanks, to water-tight watch housings and tools that can handle extreme temperatures; it’s safe to say that the world would be a different place without stainless steel.

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Topics: Industry Knowledge, Sourcing Materials, Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

What's the Difference Between Tubing and Pipe?  Part 2

Posted by Boyd Metals on February 28, 2017

For the second part of our series on the differences between tubing and pipe, we are going to talk about measurements and wall thickness.

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Topics: Sourcing Materials, Insider Tips, Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

What's the Difference Between Tubing and Pipe?

Posted by Boyd Metals on December 12, 2016

Let's cut to the chase: Pipes are pressure tested and rated. Tubes are not. Pipes (usually) have a slight bevel on the ends to make it easier to mount fittings. Tubes are (typically) cut flat on the ends. Pipes are round. Tubes come in other shapes, like square, but you won't find square pipes. 

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Topics: Sourcing Materials, Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

Save Time with our Guide to Pipe Sizes

Posted by Boyd Metals on November 7, 2016

There are plenty of items in our day-to-day that take way too much of our time. Our commute is longer than we want it to be. Orders take longer to ship than expected. Even meetings cut into our daily productivity. Why should we waste time flipping through a giant reference book looking for a simple pipe size?

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Topics: Insider Tips, The Boyd Difference, Metal Industry and Product Knowledge

How is Steel Made?

Posted by Boyd Metals on October 26, 2016

The creation of steel itself is a complicated process. We can't cover it in-depth here, but let's talk about the basic process that is behind the majority of steel products.

Iron ore is found naturally in the earth and mining for ore provides thousands of jobs throughout the world each year. It is a major industry for many countries. The iron ore is "smelted" under extreme heat inside blast furnaces. The heat is intense enough to liquefy the rocky ore. Components of the ore react differently to the heat - some float above the raw iron and some sink beneath it. The desired product can be collected, leaving the unwanted portions behind.

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Topics: Sourcing Materials, Metal Industry and Product Knowledge