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Mechanical Tubing vs. Structural Tubing

In the world of tubing, things can get a bit confusing. With many different types of tubing for different applications, terms and meanings can be a bit ambiguous. With this in mind, we’ve set out to explain the difference between structural tubing and mechanical tubing.

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Definitions

Mechanical Tubing: tubing used for mechanical and light gauge structural applications. Mechanical tube is produced to meet specific end use requirements, specifications, tolerances and chemistries. This allows for more specific property uniformity throughout the tube compared to standard pipe. While Mechanical tube can be produced to standard specifications when requested, it is often produced to “typical” properties that focus mainly on the yield strength for a particular size and wall thickness. In some applications with severe forming, yield strength may not even be specified and the Mechanical tube is produced to be “fit for use”. Mechanical tubing encompasses a wide range of both structural and non-structural applications.

Structural Tubing: tubing used for structural applications. Standard strength requirements of the tube help dictate applications for which certain tubing is most appropriate. Structural tube is often referred to as hollow structural sections or HSS.

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Harnessing the Power of the Sun, One Solar Panel at a Time

Over the past several years, solar power has taken off. With residential, non-residential and utility-sized projects popping up all over the country, solar power is an environmentally-friendly and sustainable alternative form of energy that’s continuing to grow.

From rooftop solar panels on homes and businesses to ground-mounted utility solar projects, we are harnessing the power of the sun to fuel our electrical needs, one solar panel at a time.

Here are four examples of growth within the solar industry that’ll quickly illustrate how far we’ve come in the past few years, and where we’re headed in the future.

Solar energy accounted for 32% of all new electricity generating capacity

According to Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the U.S. solar industry grew 34% in 2014 compared to 2013. Solar power accounted for 32% of all new electricity generating capacity in the U.S., coming in after natural gas which generated 42% of new electric capacity. 

(Image Source: SEIA)

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FENCETECH 2015 Demonstrates Growth within the Fence Industry

Just a couple weeks ago, Wheatland Tube sales, marketing and manufacturing associates participated in FENCETECH 2015 at the Orlando Convention Center.

The fence industries premier event, this week long program consisted of seminars, meetings and a trade show. Attracting more than 4,200 industry professionals from across the country, this year's attendance was one of the largest in recent years, indicating growth within the industry since the "great recession".

All of the seminars, meetings and presentations were informative and well-attended. Additionally, optimism about the upcoming year was rampant on the on the trade show floor amongst contractors, distributors and manufacturers.

Every five years, each ASTM standard must be reviewed and updated, and once revisions are made, they must be placed into the balloting process or re-approval. The ASTM F14 Fence Committee met all day on Tuesday, February 3rd, addressing two new standards. These proposals include a standard specifying drive anchors for setting posts and a standard practice for specifying welded wire security fence. With 16 total standard revisions identified for 2015, the committee surely has their work cut out for them this year!

The Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute also held a short meeting on Friday morning summarizing 2014s accomplishments and laying out 2015 plans. A busy meeting is scheduled for the summer meeting in July.

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Who Said Aesthetics and Surface Conditions Aren’t Important?

Summer is around the corner and the construction season is getting off to a slow, but steady start. Wheatland Tube wants to assure you when you specify our galvanized mechanical tubular products that you are taking the first step in making sure that your projects are protected against corrosion and white rust. When you specify Wheatland's ThunderCoat™ or SURcoat mechanical tubing you get a product that can withstand the elements on its own.

Pre-galvanized products do not provide the "complete" protection of the SURcoat process. On the inside of a SURcoat tube, a corrosion resistant zinc rich coating is applied after the tube is welded, providing 100% corrosion protection on the interior including the weld seam. This becomes a tough baked-on coating during the in-line galvanizing process offering a combination of barrier and galvanic protection to the ID of the tube. Wheatland's SURcoat process provides all tubular products with a smooth, shiny, clean appearance that will not flake or chip during fabrication. The synergistic triple coating impedes oxidation (graying down) and flaking common to many pre-galvanized products. Our "triple coat" or "triple threat" as we tend to call it also works to combat white rust formation on the surface of the zinc coating that may be seen on some pre-galvanized products.

When you are looking for a coating that can withstand the rigors of your fabrication process look no further than our ThunderCoat coating to be your option. A heavier zinc coating is applied in-line to prepare the tube for outdoor applications or any highly corrosive environments. Twice the level of 99.99% pure zinc compared to our SURcoat product, ThunderCoat is ideal for outdoor applications. Our in-line galvanizing process gives you the benefit of the galvanic protection of a durable zinc layer and then makes it even better with the application of a conversion coating to stop white rust, and a top coat to seal the surface from the elements. While our nearly pure zinc coating is protecting the bare steel beneath it, our top coats are protecting the zinc as well. The weld is completely covered in our process, unlike pre-gal products that must try to repair the weld surface after forming.

The synergistic effects of this coating system are well established in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Our highly controlled, uniform OD coating provides protection that can still be easily fabricated, welded, or powder coated while maintaining superior corrosion protection.

Both our SURcoat and ThunderCoat coatings from Wheatland Tube helps to minimize cost associated with superior corrosion protection. We deliver product to you that’s ready to use without additional cost or lead times, providing you with the quality of products that you expect and deserve.

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FENCETECH/DECKTECH 52nd Annual Convention Rolls Big in Vegas

FENCETECH attracts more than 3,800 industry professionals from across the country which makes this one of the industry's premier events. The show was held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center where manufacturers, distributors, contractors and specifiers celebrated Fence Industry Week and participated in the FENCETECH show either as an exhibitor or attendee.

Overall the show was very positive. The impact of new AFA management was well received across the board. ASTM meetings were well attended and all goals were met. New tie wire specifications in ASTM F567 and F626 were approved which clarifies and clears up any confusing issues. New items addressed were adding more gate designs, reviewing the current wood standards, drive anchors, temporary fencing, and adding cable to fence for crash ratings, completing a security application for welded wire mesh and cleaning up some in items in the current F1043 framework. Lots of discussions and a lot of ideas were brought to the table.

The Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute's meeting members were brought up to date on the 2014 economic and production projections and all activities that are taking place within the CLFMI group.The State of the Industry Panel held Friday morning was presented to a full house. The panel addressed issues from steel, aluminum, PVC profiles and wood future costs and availability, to Obama Care, OSHA, overwhelming contract paperwork requirements, potential labor shortages, industry trend and just about every issue a fence contractor faces.Now on to the show! The FENCETECH show was very well attended. There was a steady stream of visitors to our booth and throughout the show. One of the main highlights of the show was our virtual friend Meisha, a talking life-like hologram who literally had people stopping in their tracks to take pictures as they listened to her provide information on our fence framework products and our new F1083 high strength 50,000 psi yield Schedule 40 pipe which is 1.6667 times stronger than regular grade Schedule 40 pipe. Many contractors expressed interest in receiving Wheatland Tube's in-line galvanized product by name and also expressed their concerns about the quality of some pre-galvanized products not meeting required specifications and the negative impact that these deficiencies have on our industry.

For more information about our fence framework products, contact your local Sales Representative at 800-343-0124 or visit our website at wheatland.com

KNOW BETTER. KNOW WHEATLAND.

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Devine's Corner: February 2014 - Welding Guidelines

FEBRUARY 2014

Welcome to Devine's Corner, the official newsletter for our Mechanical Tube division.

We appreciate you taking the time to read some of the articles that we will be sharing with you monthly. Nothing incredible is accomplished alone we definitely want you in our corner! Wheatland Tube has over 100 years of experience in making steel tube and pipe, and is a division of the largest independent tube manufacturer in North America – JMC Steel Group. After significant organizational changes we have renewed and galvanized our commitment to servicing the mechanical market, delivering only the best products and customer service that you deserve.

What makes us different from the competition? Well for one, we know that every job is different, and Wheatland makes the right tube for every project; whether it's solar racking structures, greenhouses, playgrounds and recreational equipment or agricultural and dairy products. Our mechanical tubing provides structural integrity and unmatched corrosion resistance. By eliminating additional secondary galvanizing as well as added freight, handling and labor, you can achieve quicker turnaround and fewer SKUs and deal with fewer vendors in your supply chain. Wheatland's higher strength products means you can often achieve lighter wall thickness, so more tubing can fit on a truck, reducing deliveries and associated costs.

Our tubing is easy to fabricate, powder coat and weld. We offer custom lengths to match your specific needs, can provide value - added fabrication services upon request and deliver the mix of tubular products you require, as needed.

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Wheatland Tube has Solutions to your Tube Welding Problems

Happy New Year! It may be the dead of winter but construction season is around the corner for Wheatland and our customers. This month Wheatland would like to focus on welding processes, guidelines and safety practices. Wheatland's mechanical tubing provides excellent structural integrity making it easy to fabricate, powder coat and weld so you save on fabrication, installation and labor costs. The precision, toughness and long-lasting protection of galvanized mechanical tubing make it ideal for projects that demand superior surface finishes and precise dimensions. Users of our in-line galvanized products are much more competitive in their respective market places.Are you reluctant to weld galvanized tubing? Are you spending too much time and effort welding uncoated products, only to have them later hot-dipped galvanized? Are you seeing your products, warp, twist or crack after hot-dip galvanizing, well look no further Wheatland creates tube that is easy for you to weld in the factory and easier for you on the job site. It's really simple, the 99.99% zinc, highly uniform coating can give you a faster more dependable weld, typically without needing to remove the coating. In-line galvanized mechanical tube creates a tough, easy-to-handle product with superior corrosion resistance and should be your preferred choice for OEM applications.

Learn more about our welding designs, welding processes and safety practices by downloading our Welding Guidelines on our website http://www.wheatland.com/mechanical-tube. Also, download our Fact Sheet about welding we may have a solution to some of your reoccurring problems.

For more information about our mechanical tube products, contact your local Sales Representative at 800-733-5608.KNOW BETTER. KNOW WHEATLAND.

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Seven Benefits of In-Line Galvanized Mechanical Tube

In-line galvanization offers superior flexibility and quality when compared to products made from pre-galvanized coil or post hot-dipped galvanized tube. In-line galvanizing produces a bright, virtually lead-free coating that is exceptionally durable and can stand up to the most severe fabrication processes — all without flaking or chipping.

Galvanized tube is triple coated using a high-grade zinc alloy, followed by a conversion coating designed to reduce white rust and a clear polymer that seals the tube, adding a bright, long-lasting shine. These coatings offer precision, toughness and long-lasting protection for our mechanical tubing.

In-line galvanized mechanical tube creates a tough, easy-to-handle product with superior corrosion resistance and should be your preferred choice for OEM applications.

 

1. 99.99% high grade zinc exterior coating – The trip-coat process starts with a high-grade 99.99% pure zinc coating. Therefore, the heavy metals that may be found in other coatings are not significant components within the in-line galvanized product.

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Guess Who’s Back in the Mechanical Tubing Market…

Wheatland Tube has over 100 years of experience in making steel tube and pipe, and is a division of the largest independent tube manufacturer in North America – JMC Steel Group.   After significant organizational changes we have renewed and galvanized our commitment to servicing the mechanical market, delivering only the best products and customer service that you deserve.

What makes us different from the competition?  Well for one, we know that every job is different, and Wheatland makes the right tube for every project; whether it’s solar racking structures, greenhouses, playgrounds and recreational equipment or agricultural and dairy products.  Our mechanical tubing provides structural integrity and unmatched corrosion resistance.  By eliminating additional secondary galvanizing as well as added freight, handling and labor, you can achieve quicker turnaround and fewer SKUs and deal with fewer vendors in your supply chain.  Wheatland’s higher strength products means you can often achieve lighter wall thickness, so more tubing can fit on a truck, reducing deliveries and associated costs.

Our tubing is easy to fabricate, powder coat and weld.  We offer custom lengths to match your specific needs, can provide value-added fabrication services upon request and deliver the mix of tubular products you require, as needed.

What sets us apart from the rest?  It’s simply The Wheatland Difference:

Exceptional Customer ServiceCost Efficiencies with Dependable Lead TimesInnovative Coatings providing 100% corrosion protection on both the OD and IDMake to Order ProductionMade in the USA – Guarantee

Wheatland will fight for your business!  Click here to find out more http://www.wheatland.com/mechanical-tube.  For more information about our mechanical tube products, contact your local Sales Representative at 800-733-5608.

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Top Five Reasons Solar Manufacturers Switch to Steel

Patriot Solar, a racking manufacturer, made the switch from aluminum to steel to become a more practical, sound design choice for customers. With over eight million steel structures worldwide, they have established functionality, durability, availability, capacity and cost effectiveness as motivators behind their switch to steel.

In a recent webinar, hosted by Solar Power World, Patriot Solar provides solar manufacturers a strong insight into the benefits of switching from aluminum to steel.

FunctionalityYou have to be able to adapt to your customers’ requirements and be able to fulfill their needs to bring a solar project to reality. Steel is able to adjust to these specific requirements allowing racking manufacturers to change on-the-go and meet customers’ needs. The flexible material offers multiple post options, various sizes gauges, thickness and lengths and easier installation processes.DurabilityWhile properly alloyed aluminum can equal the yield and strength of steel, steel possesses approximately three times the modulus of elasticity (E) of aluminum. Thus, under load, identically-sized steel members deflect only a third as much as aluminum. For certain applications, this stiffness is important.When multiple parties and companies are committing to a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), it is important to be confident that the structure will hold and withstand throughout that 25-year PPA period. In fact, steel has been used in applications that are well over 50 years old and still standing.AvailabilityRacking manufactures need to work with suppliers who have the product volume and location availability to meet their needs.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, in 2012, U.S. steel production was 91 million tons, while U.S. aluminum production was 2 million tons. Furthermore, about 48 companies produce raw steel at about 108 minimills. Five companies operate about 10 primary aluminum smelters, four of which were temporarily closed in 2012. CapacityAnyone in the business knows that solar projects never begin on their scheduled time. The solar construction industry is a hurry-up-and-wait scenario. Steel’s production capabilities result in high volume of materials that meet the strict deadlines and project needs for customers. Wheatland Tube products are rolled in the shortest cycle times, every three to four weeks, resulting in reduced lead times.  As the largest independent pipe and tube manufacturer, Wheatland Tube has the capacity to meet large requirements or produce standard sizes in multiple facilities, so they can deliver the pipe and tube solutions you need as soon as you need them. CostCompared to steel, aluminum requires larger or more members to support to same load. With steel tubing, you can reduce the amount of parts required in your design, which affects your labor and installation time, and ultimately saves you money.

“When we switched to galvanized steel rails for our racking solutions, we were able to span a further gap due to the strength of the steel,” said Sam Jaquette, “which brought a lower price per watt over racking, that we passed on to our end customer.”

Making the switch to steel also provides additional value such as integrated wire management, a singular set of hardware to connect rails to truss and environmental benefits, such as recyclability.

Learn more about making the switch and watch the full webinar here: http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/webinars/

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