As the metals industry digitalizes, it is becoming more and more important for metals distributors to develop quality digital platforms. E-commerce businesses like Amazon have the potential to enter the industry, especially catering to smaller suppliers. This makes now the ideal time to develop industry platforms before this disruption occurs. Large industry players like Kloeckner Metals are uniquely situated to create quality digital platforms that will fill the needs of their customers and the industry at large.
Topics: Digital Platforms
For the fourth year in a row, the Kloeckner Metals Tulsa branch participated in a local “Toys for Tots” drive, and this year they shattered records. The office of only around 100 people managed to raise over 250 toys for the charity. Those who didn’t have the time or ability to go out shopping would give money, and designated toy buyers would go out and get the gifts.
At the 2016 Goodman/Daikin annual supplier conference, Kloeckner Metals won the Leaders’ Choice Advantage Award. Goodman/Daikin is the number one supplier of residential air-conditioner and heating units in the United States. Within the past year, Kloeckner Metals has become a provider of steel for the company. The Leaders’ Choice Advantage Award recognizes a successful implementation as a new supplier and continued efforts to bring value added ideas. It was one of only six awards given out at the event, which involved 300 of Goodman/Daikin’s many suppliers.
The Kloeckner Metals Tulsa Building Products branch recently participated in a charity event geared toward providing relief for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Rather than simply giving money, the program provides building materials for shelter/home repair. As a company which sells building materials, this was a unique way that Kloeckner could help the cause. Kloeckner donated two 29 gauge 40.875 wide painted metal coils. They were run through the roll former at Metal Panels Inc., a partner in the charity event, which turned the metal into metal roofing panels.
Galvanizing is the process by which a coating of zinc is applied to steel. It endows corrosion resistance and other beneficial properties to the steel. Zinc had been applied to copper to create brass alloy as early as the 10th century B.C., but it wasn’t until the 1700s that its applications in steel and iron were first discovered. In 1742, a French chemist by the name Melouin presented a paper describing how a zinc coating could be attained by dipping iron in molten zinc. This was the earliest precursor to hot-dip galvanizing.
Topics: Hot-Dip Galvanizing
When you think of chromium, you probably think of chromium plating, a.k.a. chrome. It has another more prevalent use, however. Chromium is a key ingredient in stainless steel. Basically, it is what makes the steel stainless. As such, chromium is an important element in the steel industry and it has been for hundreds of years.
Topics: stainless steel
A drilling, punching, and sheering system can provide a multitude of capabilities which allows a fabrication shop to perform many in-house services. The Voortman V550-6 drilling, punching, and shearing system is one such system used at the Kloeckner Metals Indianapolis branch. The machine is able to drill, punch, shear, thread tap, and etch both flat and angled steel, all in one series of automated processes.
“We can physically run structural angles, channels, flat bar, merchant bars, and more through this machine,” says David Mueller, processing sales manager of Kloeckner Metals Indianapolis.
The capabilities of this particular machine are geared toward the connection side of the construction business. For a fabrication shop that deals heavily with building materials, the ability to make these parts is a natural addition.
“The customers can buy not only their structural beam package from us but they can buy their component parts as well,” says Dan Childers, an account manager at Kloeckener Metals Indianapolis. “We can be a more complete provider of inventory and parts than we were before.”
Topics: Metal Fabrication
For the second year in a row, Kloeckner Metals has won the Supplier of the Year Award and the first year for the Innovation Award from Prime Advantage for the fall of 2016. Prime Advantage is a mid-market manufacturing buying group that was founded in 1997. Kloeckner has been a member of the group since its inception, and this is Kloeckner’s 8th time winning the award. It is voted on by the member companies, most of which are steel buyers. The award comes in response to Kloeckner’s efforts to improve the process of ordering steel online.
Today is my birthday. So what better way to celebrate than to talk about press brakes!
Types of Press Brake
A press brake is an important piece of equipment in any metal fabrication shop. It allows you to bend t metal in a multitude of ways. At the Kloeckner Metals Indianapolis branch, there are three press brakes. One is a large 400 ton machine with a 144” max length, one is 150 ton C.N.C. with a 96”max length and the other is 135 ton C.N.C. with a 120” max length. All are hydraulic.
“It’s a very important part of our business in Indianapolis,” says David Mueller, Processing Sales Manager of Kloeckner Metals Indianapolis. “We do it every day.”
There are several benefits to having hydraulic press brakes over mechanical or pneumatic ones. A mechanical press brake has a spring loaded trigger, and a pneumatic press brake has an air trigger. With those, once you hit the trigger, it cycles. With the hydraulic press brake, on the other hand, it can be stopped anywhere along the stroke. This gives complete control of form. Everything is at a slower pace to the point you can visually get down right beside it and inch it down to where you want.
“I just believe that with everything from safety to quality of product, the hydraulic press brake is the way to go,” says Chuck Florence, press brake operator at Kloeckner Metals Indianapolis.
Topics: press brake
Hot-Dip Galvanizing at Kloeckner Metal’s Hawaii Branch
Hot-dip galvanizing dramatically improves the longevity and durability of steel. This is especially important in highly corrosive environments. That is why Kloeckner Metals has a hot-dip galvanizing plant in Hawaii, the only one in the state. Hawaii’s diverse and highly corrosive environment of ocean-salt exposure, high humidity, rain and trade winds create the need for superior corrosion protection.
“It’s ideal for Hawaii’s demanding environment,” says Diane Malinovich, vice president and general manager of Kloeckner Hawaii. “Because of the fact that we are in the middle of the pacific, that salt in the air takes a beating on everything. So by galvanizing steel, it’s going to last very long term.”
Customers bring in a variety of steel parts for galvanizing from rebar to boat trailers. The kettle is 27 feet long, 6 feet deep, and 4 feet wide. Over-length materials can still be galvanized, but sometimes it requires two or even three dips. One of the most interesting things to be galvanized was steel fencing surrounding the Iolani Palace in Honolulu, the only palace in the United States. The fencing was installed in the late 1800s.
Topics: Hot-Dip Galvanizing