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Best Practices in Contracting: Why Use Domestic Steel Pipe in the Industry –Views of Wheatland Tube - speaker, Greg Maurer

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Wheatland supports the recently announced initiatives by the Trump administration to increase the use of domestically made steel in steel pipelines, increase the domestic steel continent in fabricated products to grow U.S. jobs and allow communities across the country to take advantage of a manufacturing renaissance.  Wheatland Tube had the opportunity to participate in a podcast addressing this topic.  Lauri A. Rollings, Executive Director of the Plumbing Mechanical Sheet Metal Contractors’ Alliance was the moderator and Greg Maurer, Director of Technical Services for Wheatland Tube provided his views and a few key insights on this topic.

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MCAA 2017: REFLECTING ON SUCCESS

This year’s annual MCAA Convention for the Mechanical Contractors Association of America was a huge hit. 

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Employee Highlight: Get to Know our Coatings Engineer

 

Have you ever wondered who is behind the production of your tubular products? Over the next few months, I will be highlighting team members of Wheatland Tube who happen to be some of the best in our industry.   I recently interviewed Kim Westfall who is our Coatings Engineer at the Wheatland Tube facility in Chicago.

 

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Wheatland’s Council Avenue Plant Updates Are Completed

I am pleased to announce that Wheatland Tube – Council Ave plant has completed the final phase of Project Phoenix, a six phase plant upgrade with new inline finishing equipment. As previously noted the project was eliminating 4 major bottlenecks in the production and shipping areas (facing, testing, painting and shipping). This upgrade was the largest undertaking the facility has ever gone through in its roughly 81 years of operation.

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How important is Logistics in a Manufacturing Environment?

In an effort to help understand the importance of logistics in a manufacturing environment, let’s first define the word logistics. 

the aspect of military science dealing with the procurement, maintenance, and transportation of military matériel, facilities, and personnelthe handling of the details of an operation

The Interview

Meet Jeff Shulman, Vice President of Logistics at Zekelman Industries.  Jeff has held various roles at Zekelman Industries on the logistics team and has contributed to the overall growth and achievement of the Logistics department.  Jeff hold an Honors Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario Canada.

Q: How can distribution and logistics work together to reduce costs and eliminate any logistical hiccups in a manufacturing environment?

Jeff: One of the most important factors these days is a truck driver’s hours of service. Therefore, it is imperative that both the loading origin and unloading destination take necessary steps to turn the trucks as quickly as possible.

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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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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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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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