Bright Annealing vs. Open Air Annealing

Annealing is a heat treatment that causes physical changes to the material. This process involves heating a material to a certain temperature, maintaining that temperature for a specified period of time, then cooling in a specified period of time. Annealing is typically used to reduce hardness, increase ductility and eliminate internal stresses. There are two […]

Material Dual Certification

The term “dual certification” refers to the practice of certifying one material as meeting the specification requirements of two different alloys. The most common materials that are dual certified are 304/304L and 316/316L.  Dual certification is achieved by manufacturing the material to cover all requirements of both alloys. For example, the key differences between 316 […]

Seamless vs. Welded

Tubing is available in a wide array of sizes, materials, lengths, and origins. One of the key factors that must be considered when selecting tubing is the manufacturing process: Seamless or Welded. Seamless Manufacturing Process Seamless tubing is manufactured from a solid billet that has been extruded into a seamless pipe, known as a hollow […]