Steel is a composite alloy made up of Iron and other Carbon based metals. The behaviour of steel under certain conditions is determined by the amounts and types of carbon that Iron is mixed with to make steel. To make types of steel more efficient at heat transfer, tarnish resistance, impact resistance, etc., Steel Manufacturers will experiment with the percentage of the components to encourage or inhibit the positive attributes that particular metal has in anticipation that it will transfer that attribute into the finished lump of steel.
Often these days, Steel Fabricators are often operate as manufacturers too. Often the fabrication and manufacturing plants are simply separate buildings on the same site. The advantage of this is a steel company can then more effectively customise a job to their client by being involved in the entire manufacturing and fabrication process. It is important to recognise this point because when we are talking about improving the quality of a steel product, there are changes that can be made in both the manufacturing and fabrication process.
A More efficient heating process
Alloy steel is a mix of Iron and Carbon. Iron is mined from the Earth in the form of an Iron ore and is turned into iron by removing all the oxygen trapped in the ore. Historically, this is how iron ore is turned into iron for manufacturing and over the centuries the types of furnace used to remove the oxygen have evolved to become more efficient.
Efficiency means the time it takes to smelt the iron, the cost of the fuel and the amount of waste. The hotter you can get your furnace the better but products like pig-iron are always going to be left over. Pig Iron is iron with a high carbon content – usually the result of smelting ore with coke, the remaining ore and coke mix to become pig iron. A furnace like the Bessemer process is a way of removing the excess carbon from the iron to turn it back into steel. Therefore a great way for MetroSteel Manufacturers to improve the quality of steel manufacturing is to reduce the cost of smelting by using as much of the ore as possible.
Better Handling In Fabrication Process
On the Steel Fabrication end of the business an easy way to increase the quality of ones materials is to make the fabrication environments as clear of impurities as possible. For example, when stainless steel is being fabricated, it is very easy to rub off the oxidised layer of Chromium by rubbing two pieces of stainless steel together – this may happen if you are assembling a product made entirely out of stainless steel. If the oxidised layer is rubbed off, the surface of the metal can become damaged or rust and other impurities can get into the product which will lower the quality of the product by increasing the maintenance needed. Therefore, cleaning your metal surfaces at every stage of fabrication can instantly improve your product.