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Ferrous vs. Non-Ferrous Metals: What's the Difference?

Posted by CAMM Metals on Mar 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM

The short answer is iron! Ferrous metals contain iron, while non-ferrous metals do not contain iron. However, the difference in the composition of these types of metals means that each has unique qualities and uses. So let's learn more about the differences between ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

Ferrous Metals

As we mentioned earlier, ferrous metals are types of metals that contain iron. Since ferrous metals are known for their strength and durability, they are often used in both architectural and industrial fabrication. Due to the iron they contain, ferrous metals are also magnetic. Some examples of ferrous metals include:

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Topics: Metal Fabrication, Metal Manufacturing, Galvanization, Metal Facts, Metal, Steel and Metal, Comparing Metal and alloys, Types of Metal, Choosing a Type of Metal, Ferrous Metals, Non-Ferrous Metals

How Does Aluminum Compare to Steel for Fabrication Projects?

Posted by CAMM Metals on Jun 3, 2019 11:22:00 AM

Aluminum and steel are pillars of the metal manufacturing industry. Both aluminum and steel are synthetic alloys; in other words, they don’t appear in nature and must be created using other basic elements. Aluminum must go through ha few phases before it appears like the shiny silver metal that you’re familiar with. The base ingredient of aluminum is a mineral called bauxite, which is mined primarily in tropical areas. The bauxite is ground into a thick paste called alumina, which is then smelted with molten cryolite and shocked with electricity. The ions separate, and the residual liquid cools and becomes aluminum.

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Topics: Metal Fabrication, Custom Metal Fabrication, steel cutting

What are the Benefits of Powder Coating in Metal Fabrication?

Posted by CAMM Metals on Oct 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Metal fabricators act as one of the pillars that support the nation’s infrastructure and economy. Countless aspects of our day-to-day life depends on some form of product fabricated from metal, whether its household appliances or critical medical technology. In short, fabricated metal products are invaluable in society, if they've been properly finished by a trained professional.

Why is Metal Finishing Important for the Finished Product?

Taken on its own, raw metal has some distinct problems; without proper finishing, exposed metals can eventually corrode and tarnish. Depending on the intended use, unfinished metal-fabricated parts can be eroded by salts, weakened by ultraviolet light or rusted by rain. However, metal fabricators realized many years ago that properly finishing components is essential for enhancing durability and the product’s life span.

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Topics: Metal Fabrication, Powder Coating, Powder Coating Benefits, Industrial Powder Coating

5 Ways to Cut Down Production Time for Metal Fabrication

Posted by CAMM Metals on May 8, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Clients of metal fabricators are often in search of the fastest production times. Metal fabricators are always looking to please their clients and churn out the maximum number of projects. For these reasons, fabricators are always looking for ways to optimize their processes for greater efficiency in order to reduce lead times. We’ve compiled a list of tips that can help metal fabricators cut down on production times.

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Topics: Metal Fabrication, Reducing Lead Times

When Should Fabricators Use Inconel for Projects

Posted by CAMM Metals on Dec 1, 2017 12:36:00 PM

Inconel is an alloy made mainly out of nickel and chromium. This alloy is optimized specifically for some of the toughest conditions in manufacturing. However, it’s also a rather expensive alloy, meaning it should only be used where absolutely necessary. Here are some of the applications where Inconel is the best option.

Heat Treat Applications

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Topics: Metal Fabrication, Inconel

Custom Metal Fabrication Project Spotlight: Fuel Pump Test Stands

Posted by CAMM Metals on Nov 20, 2017 2:20:00 PM

At CAMM Metals, we're proud to have had the opportunity to manufacture 18 Fuel Pump Test Stands for an Automotive industry supplier. This project required us to use every skill, tool, and technique at our disposal. From the start, the project required 3D Engineering, Waterjet Cutting, Sawcutting, CNC Machining, Bending and Rolling, Welding and Weld Inspection, Finishing and Assembly. We like to showcase the production process because the success of any project ultimately depends on good planning, coupled with an understanding of all the techniques involved and an ability to perform all of the necessary work. Continue reading to learn about the processes involved in the custom manufacture of a fuel pump test stand and be sure to check our blog frequently for more project spotlights!

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Topics: Metal Fabrication, Waterjet Cutting, Project Spotlight, Custom Metal Fabrication

6 Factors to Consider When Choosing Between Aluminum or Stainless Steel Fabrication

Posted by CAMM Metals on Nov 3, 2017 11:50:00 AM

Stainless steel and aluminum fabrication processes are put to use to produce parts and structures for a wide range of industries. Aluminum is often used in the marine equipment industry thanks to its light weight and resistance to corrosion.

While it’s technically not considered a non-ferrous metal, stainless steel is also valued due in part to its lack of magnetism and its versatile applications in the industrial environment. This post provides an overview of six factors to consider when you’re determining whether aluminum or stainless steel materials are best suited to your next project’s needs.

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Topics: Metal Fabrication, Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication, Custom Metal Fabrication

What to Look for in an Industrial Rolling Cart

Posted by CAMM Metals on Oct 23, 2017 10:20:00 AM

One of the most difficult aspects of manufacturing is moving heavy and/or oddly shaped objects around. An industrial rolling cart is essential in manufacturing in order to transport objects with greater ease. It’s important to use a high quality rolling cart in order to transport your objects and ensure that they’re unharmed. Here are some factors to look for in a quality industrial rolling cart.

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Topics: Metal Fabrication, Industrial Rolling Carts

What are the Benefits of Sandblasting?

Posted by CAMM Metals on Aug 21, 2017 10:13:00 AM

Sandblasting involves propelling small, granulated pieces, usually sand, at a high speed in order to clean or etch a surface. Many metal fabrication companies make use of this technique because of its effectiveness and wide application. Here are some of the benefits of sandblasting.


Sandblasting is a fairly simple job. Although a professional needs to do the job, it’s not a particularly long or strenuous process. Professionals will lay a tarp underneath the surface being blasted, making cleanup quick and easy. At the end of the process, simply remove the extra material and clean off the tarp.

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Topics: Metal Fabrication, Sandblasting

What Industries Depend on Metal Fabrication?

Posted by CAMM Metals on Aug 18, 2017 11:53:00 AM

Metal fabrication is an important and versatile service. Many industries that you wouldn't expect rely on metal fabrication in order to function and keep operations running smoothly. Here is a list of various industries that depend on metal fabrication.

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Topics: Metal Fabrication, Metal Fabrication Applications

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