Kloeckner Metals

Steven Nghe

Steven Nghe joined Kloeckner Metals in October 2015 as the Digital Product Innovation Manager. His goal is tell you about the sexy side of steel. He is an incredibly passionate marketer who doesn't enjoy long walks on the beach or golf.
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4 Things to Consider When Deciding To Upgrade Metal Slitter Equpiment

Posted by Steven Nghe on Oct 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM

How Metal Slitters Work

When deciding whether to upgrade metal slitter equipment, there are many factors that need to be considered. A metal slitter is a piece of machinery that takes sheet metal and cuts it into narrower widths depending on the needs of the customer and application. The Kloeckner Metals Tulsa, Oklahoma, facility can process coils of both ferrous and non-ferrous metal up to 60,000 pounds. The widths are typically between 10 and 72 inches wide but can go as low as .500”.

“We load the material on a rotating reel that allows the material to be threaded through the machine and slit to width,” says Charles Sudwischer, Regional Operations Manager at Kloeckner Metals Corporation.

The material is threaded through a pair of rotary arbors and steel knives that are precision ground for tight tolerance slitting. The single incoming width is cut into several strips of narrower widths. For example, a 48.500” inch wide sheet can be divided into four cuts of 12.00”. Once the sheet metal is slit, it is rolled back into coil form at the exit end of the line.

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Topics: Metal Slitter

2 Keys to A Quality Building Materials Company

Posted by Steven Nghe on Oct 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

As a painted coil distributor, selling building materials requires a unique set of skills. Unlike a direct relationship between a mill and a manufacturer, there is very little contractual work. Often dealing with smaller volume orders, there is a need to be adaptable while still maintaining the necessary inventory for prompt delivery.

“Our market is unique to what a typical service center would be in that it is predominantly painted material, light gauge, galvalume, and sold on the spot,” says Mark Steward, General Manager of the Tulsa Building Products branch of Kloeckner Metals.

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Topics: Building Materials

New Technologies Are Revolutionizing Logistics

Posted by Steven Nghe on Oct 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Information technology is revolutionizing the supply chain. From improving safety to decreasing costs, new technologies have many benefits. This, in turn, is changing the way logistics are managed. Kloeckner Metals Corporation utilizes these technologies in both their fleet and common carrier management.

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Topics: logistics

Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Market Update - September 2016

Posted by Steven Nghe on Sep 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The global physical vapor deposition (PVD) market is expected to reach 31.63 billion USD by 2024, according to a report by Grand View Research. Growth is predicted to be driven by an increase in demand for thin film coatings from microelectronics and solar panels.

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Topics: pvd, Physical Vapor Deposition

Why Laser Cutting Offers a Better Cut

Posted by Steven Nghe on Sep 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Laser cutting machines can offer precision and accuracy unmatched by other methods. The machine uses high intensity light in conjunction with a high pressure gas to vaporize the material being cut. It can be used on a variety of metals and thicknesses.

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Topics: Laser Cutting

The Benefits of Using a Turret Punch

Posted by Steven Nghe on Sep 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A turret punch is a soft tooling machine that gives you some unique capabilities. A sheet of material is fed into the machine which has tooling in it. Said tooling uses multiple strokes on a part to produce a number of features. These features include circular holes, square holes, different shapes, and forms such as reinforcement ribs.

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Topics: Turret Punch

How Roll Forming and Tubing Works

Posted by Steven Nghe on Sep 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The processes of roll forming and tubing begin when you take a coil product and cut it. Beginning with a large roll of sheet metal, you run the coil through a slitter. This takes the large sheet, 48 inches wide for example, and cuts it down to around four to seven inches. The resulting product is called a slit coil, and this is what is fed into the roll forming machine or tube line.

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Topics: Roll Forming and Tubing

Four Keys to A Quality Metal Fabrication Shop

Posted by Steven Nghe on Aug 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Multiple Services

Metal Fabrication shops provide a multitude of services, including punching, cutting, forming, and welding. They can perform soft tooled processes and some hard tooled stamping. From the mill, the metal travels to a service center where it is processed into the desired blank sizes, or the desired coil widths. It is then shipped to the fabrication shop, where it is made into the component parts and sometimes even assembled.

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Topics: Metal Fabrication

Kloeckner's Digitalization Efforts Includes a New Amazon Project

Posted by Steven Nghe on Aug 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Shopping Online

Online shopping has revolutionized the way the world does business. No longer is distribution limited by physical retail property. For this reason, Kloeckner Metals is for the first time selling products directly to the end user, via Amazon. People can now buy products straight from the manufacturer without having to purchase bulk orders.

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Topics: digitalization

5 Things All Consumers Need to Consider Before Ordering Steel Online

Posted by Steven Nghe on Aug 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

With online shopping becoming ubiquitous, the digitalization of the steel ordering process is inevitable. Already, there are many companies offering online ordering. Switching to an online ordering service can be a game changer in inventory management.

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Topics: steel, ordering steel online