Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Safety First

Congratulations!! As of last Friday November 7, 2014, Tell Steel has gone 3000 Days without a Loss Time Accident. Safety for employees is essential for a productive work environment. Good Job to everyone for their efforts in making Tell Steel a safe place to work!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waterjet Cutting Stainless Steel

Here is a picture of Mitch and Alberto waterjet cutting (6) pieces of ¼” & 1” Stainless Steel 304 ELC Plate cut to 12” x 18” rectangular shape with a diamond cut pattern within. They cut two at a time which still took 8 hours to complete one set.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jig

Cutting a 2-1/2” hole in a 6” x 6” x ½” hot rolled angle becomes easy after little ingenuity mixed with years of experience. Lorenzo created a jig to hold the angles in place out of a rem of square tubing.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Band Saw

The new band saw is installed! We maintain 10 band saws on our premises for our cutting needs. Occasionally, after years and years of service, a band saw needs to be replaced. This new saw will provide us with precision cutting for years to come!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Long Beach Business Journal

The Long Beach Business Journal did an article on the west-side industrial area and all the business therein. Tell Steel being a Steel Distributor since 1959 was interviewed and photographed for the publication. See the article liked below:




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Working Hard


“First in Service”, is not an easy slogan to have. When a customer called in an order last Friday around 2PM we had to get (56) 1” plates cut to 78” x 120”. Buying over 151,000 pounds of steel, cutting it to size and delivering it all 2 business days later is no job for an average distributor... But then, Tell Steel is not your average steel distributor!



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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A572 GR 50

A572 GR 50 is a high strength low alloy steel. Grade 50 is difficult to form since it contains more alloying elements than plain steel, but offers more strength per unit of weight.  Because of its high strength it requires less material to satisfy strength requirements than plain carbon steel. It has a yield strength 50,000 psi minimum, tensile strength of 65,000, and elongation of 19% in 2”. This material is easily welded using commercial methods. Due to the alloy elements of the metal its atmospheric corrosion resistance is increased. Additionally, it is considered a “workhorse” grade because of its strength to weight ratio and corrosion resistance. A572 is commonly used in cranes, truck frames, building structures, construction, bridges, liners and many more applications where a high strength per weight ratio is needed.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A-1011

A1011 is a hot rolled carbon steel alloy sheet. It has high strength and high formability. It is used as a general purpose metal that is ideal for processing. The metal can be bent at room temperature in any direction through 180 flat on itself without cracking on the bend. It has a minimum tensile strength of 58-80,000 PSI and yield strength of 36,000 PSI. It has uses in almost every industry and is used in agricultural implements, automotive components and frames, barrels, drums, structural parts, and general fabrication purposes.

Friday, April 25, 2014

SS 416

Stainless Steel Type416 is a chromium grade of stainless steel. It is similar to type 410 but it differs by the addition of phosphorus and sulfur to produce free machining Steel. This modification helps makes it one of the most readily machinable stainless steel. Like other stainless steels types it is resistant to atmosphere, food acids, and neutral basic salts. Conventional heat treating methods produces a variety of mechanical properties in Type 416. Type 416 has a tensile strength of 85,000-120,000 psi. The steel is magnetic in all conditions, excellent machining characteristics and poor welding properties and meets the aircraft industry standards. Typically it is used where type 410 is need but with the addition of free machining properties.

General Chemical Analysis
C
Mn
P
S
Si
Cr
Ni
Mo
Cu
.15 Max
1.25 Max
.060 Max
.15-.40
1.00 Max
12.00-13.50
.75 Max
.60 Max
.50 Max

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Green Steel

The steel industry is constantly changing and renovating to create a sustainable “green” future and is dedicated to promote economic growth and environmental responsibility.

-Steel is used in delivering renewable energy (solar, wind, tidal)

-All steel made within the last 150 years is recyclable

-Since the 1940’s, the North American steel industry has reduced its energy intensity by 60%

-The industry has 90% reduction in air and water discharge in the last 10 years

-Water being recycled back into rivers and other sources are often cleaner than when extracted

- Over 67% of all steel is recycled in North America each year (that’s more than paper, aluminum, plastic and glass combined)


-Vehicle structures using Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) weigh up to 35% less than those made with conventional steel, thus significantly reducing greenhouse-gas emissions

Thursday, April 10, 2014

4140 Quenched and Tempered

4140 is a chromium and molybdenum alloy steel that has an excellent weight to strength ratio. It is considerably stronger than standard steel. Although it is chromium steel and often referred to as "chromoly steel", it does not contain as much chromium as stainless steel. Therefore the corrosion resistant is improved compared to standard steel but not to the same degree as stainless steels. The purpose of the molybdenum is to add uniformity of hardness and strength to this alloy. 4140 responds readily to heat treatment and is relatively easy to machine in the heat treated condition. It has a tensile strength of 150,000 psi, yield strength of 130,000 psi and approximately 35-45% elongation. This metal is typically used for bolts couplings, axle shafts, piston rods, tractor arms, clutch and flywheel components, sprockets, ect.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Alloy Steels

Carbon steel is a simple composition of Carbon and Iron. This type of steel roughly accounts for 90% of steel production. In order to obtain different characteristics, additional elements in small amounts are added to this alloy. High strength low alloy steel, for example, typically has 1.5% manganese and other elements to achieve the desired strength. Low alloy steel typically uses molybdenum, manganese, chromium, or nickel up to 10% by weight. Stainless steel contains a minimum of 11% chromium.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

3003 Aluminum

3003 Aluminum is an alloy with good corrosion resistance and 1.2% manganese to give more tensile strength. It has excellent workability and weldability properties for aluminum alloys.  It is an alloy that is not heat treatable and can only develop strengthening from cold working. Some of the common uses for the alloy include drawing spinning, cooking utensils, kitchen equipment, storage tanks, chemical equipment, pressure vessels, refrigerator panels, gas lines, etc.
CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
Cu
Si
Fe
Mn
Zn
Al
0.20
0.60 Max
0.70 Max
1.0-1.5
0.10 Max
Balance


Physical Data:
Density (lb / cu. In.): 0.099
Specific Gravity: 2.73
Melting Point (Deg F): 1190
Modulus of Elasticity Tension: 11.4

Modulus of Elasticity Torsion: 3.8

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ornamental Steel Display

Check out Tell Steel Inc.'s new Ornamental Steel display in Bay 1. The products and components look excellent on the stainless steel tubing and stainless steel rebar. Bob and Alberto did an excellent job building the display!






Friday, March 14, 2014

Shipwreck Salvage

The Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef were deemed Wildlife Refuges in the early 2000’s where a shipwreck had been damaging the ecosystem since the early 50’s. Curtin Martime and The US Fish and Wildlife just completed a mission to clean the shipwreck. The mission went flawlessly and now the salvaged metal will be recycled. Congratulations and Good Job to our local Long Beach citizens!

Read the article below:

http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20140313/long-beach-based-curtin-marine-returns-with-shipwrecks-that-endangered-coral-reefs-in-palmyra-atoll

A 285 Grade C

A285 Grade C is an intermediate to low yield carbon steel. The primary uses for this metal are for vessels and boilers in the oil and gas industries. Due to its lower yield strength it is intended for boiler where moderate strength and good forming are required rather than in high pressurized vessels.  A 285 has a tensile strength of 55, to 75,000psi, yield strength of 30,000psi and an elongation of 27% in 2” and 23% minimum in 8”. Both forming and welding can be done on A285 Grade C using conventional methods. These plates are intended for fusion welded pressure vessels.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

AH DH

AH36/DH 36 is a type of structural carbon steel that has been standardized by the American Bureau of Shipping. These steels have been optimized to be long-lived shipbuilding steels for use in shipbuilding, and are almost exclusively utilized in the Shipbuilding industry.  AH36/DH36 are higher strength ABS steels with a tensile strength of 70-90,000 psi, a yield strength of 51,000 psi and 17% minimum elongation in 8”, 20% minimum elongation in 2”. The material is intended for use in riveted, bolted or welded construction of bridges and buildings and for general structural purposes.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A36



ASTM A-36 is a general purpose structural quality low carbon steel without advanced alloying. It has good forming, weldability and mechanical properties and easy to fabricate using structural methods like mild cold and hot forming or welding.  A-36 specifications for standard bars, shapes and plates 8” or less in thickness maintain yield strength of 36,000 psi and an ultimate tensile strength of 58,000 to 80,000 psi. Elongation in 2” is a minimum of 23%. This material is easily welded using all welding processes. Commonly produced in sheet, plate, bar, and structural shapes, its intended use is riveted, bolted or welded construction like that of bridges and buildings and for general structural purposes where aforementioned A-36 specifications are required.

  
CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
C
Mn
P
Si
S
Fe
0.29 Max
0.85-1.2
0.04 Max
0.15-0.4
0.05 Max
Balance

Friday, February 21, 2014

AR 500

AR500 is a medium carbon, manganese alloy with moderate Brinell hardness. It is a quench and tempered high strength alloy steel which has superior abrasion resistance and toughness. It was designed for wear and impact resistance with outstanding corrosion and fatigue resistance. Its Brinell hardness ranges from 460-544BHN.  This premium steel is heat treated for through hardening with improved welding capabilities. Given the high strength of the plate forming is possible but difficult. It has a tensile strength of 225,000 psi, yield strength of 200,000 psi and 12% elongation in 2”. AR-500 alloy steel will reduce material handling costs to a minimum for earth moving, mining and other similar industries in which a combination of toughness and abrasion resistance is required. Because of its exceptional durability in slide wear, rub wear and heavy wear it is used in mining equipment, truck trailer industry, concrete and aggregate industries.

Friday, February 7, 2014

A500

A500 is a specification for cold-formed welded and seamless carbon steel structural tubing. It has a high strength to weight ration with excellent compression support characteristics and torsional resistance. A500 structural tubing can be bent, formed, punch and drilled making it easy for use. It is designed for riveted, welded or bolted construction of bridges, buildings and for general purpose applications.


Grade
General Chemical Composition
Minimum strength requirements
C
Mn
P
S
Cu
Tensile
Yield (round)
Yield (shaped)
Elongation
max %
max %
max %
max %
min %
MPa (ksi)
MPa (ksi)
MPa (ksi)
 %
A
0.26
1.35
0.035
0.035
0.2
310 (45)
230 (33)
270 (39)
25
B
0.26
1.35
0.035
0.035
0.2
400 (58)
290 (42)
315 (46)
23
C
0.23
1.35
0.035
0.035
0.2
425 (62)
315 (46)
345 (50)
21
D
0.26
1.35
0.035
0.035
0.2
400 (58)
250 (36)
250 (36)
23

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

8620

Alloy 8620 is a hardenable chromium, molybdenum, nickel, low alloy carburizing steel developed for case-hardening. Through case-hardening it develops good wear characteristics. It has good forming qualities and may be welded using conventional welding methods. 8620 can be machines before carburizing and only finish machining after heat treatment of carburizing, usually limited to grinding. It has a tensile strength of 97,000PSI and yield strength of 57,000 PSI with elongation of 25%.  8620 also has good fatigue resistance. It is commonly used for carburized gears, pinions, shafts, bearings, piston rings, ring gears, crankshafts, ect.


CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
C
Cr
Mn
Mo
P
Si
Ni
S
0.18-0.23
0.40-0.60
0.7-0.09
0.15-0.25
0.035 Max
0.15-0.35
0.40-0.70
0.040 Max

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

17-4PH

17-4PH is a precipitation-hardening martensitic stainless steel with Cu and Nb/Cb additions, also known as Type 630. It is chromium-copper stainless steel used for application where high strength and a moderate lever of corrosion resistance are required. This steel maintains its strength and corrosion properties in temperatures up to 800⁰F. The corrosion resistance is better than standard hardenable stainless steels and is comparable to stainless steel type 304 or 430. It has excellent mechanical properties, good toughness and the mechanical properties can be optimized with heat treatment. 

17-4 is readily weldable by all the commercial processes and preheating ad post hearing practices are not required. This material forges easily. It has a tensile strength of 150,000 PSI, yield strength of 110,000 PSI and Elongation of 10% in 2”.  Due to the versatile properties of the this steel it is used widely in the aerospace, chemical, nuclear, food processing and paper industries in many different applications like turbine blades, helicopter decks platforms and foils.


CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
C
Cr
Mn
Cu
Ni
P
Si
S
Cb+Ta
Max .07
15.0-17.50
Max 1.0
3.0-5.0
3.0-5.0
Max .04
Max 1.0
Max .03
5xC/.45

This stainless steel provides an outstanding combination of high strength, good corrosion resistance, good mechanical properties and good toughness.