Carbon & Alloy

Balancing High Strength Tubing Selection and Cost in Hydraulic System Design

By |2020-04-24T10:25:00-05:00April 24th, 2020|

The automotive industry has fueled many advances in high strength steel materials as we know them today. Vehicle body panels and structural components have benefited significantly from decades of development targeted at improving vehicle occupant safety and reducing overall vehicle weight for enhanced fuel economy. At the same time, ferrous and non-ferrous tubing options for [...]

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SHOOT FOR SAVINGS: Single-Supplier Sourcing for Firearms

By |2020-01-14T10:21:14-06:00January 14th, 2020|

The firearm industry has come a long way since its inception in the 14th century, from using materials like bamboo and burning wick to sophisticated metal alloys and modern technology. As the technology has evolved, so has the manufacturing practices and material selection. The preferred metals and alloys for the firearm builders and manufacturers of [...]

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Performance Racing Industry’s Preferred Tubing

By |2019-12-04T14:13:30-06:00November 25th, 2019|

4130 Cold Drawn Seamless Tubing For over 50 years, 4130 cold drawn seamless tubing has been used as the preferred steel tubing for the performance racing industry. It is most commonly used in the construction of chassis, frames, and roll cages and can be found in many different types of racing vehicles. Before gaining popularity [...]

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Plymouth Tube’s Dry Lubricant Tube Coating

By |2019-11-06T10:15:20-06:00October 25th, 2019|

WHAT IS DRY LUBRICANT? Plymouth Tube Company’s dry lubricant tube coating, also known as C-Lube 10, is a sodium stearate (C18H35NaO2) soap that results in a dry, white lubricant that can be used to coat certain tubing materials. Sodium stearate is a fine, white powder that is commonly used as a stabilizer and thickener in [...]

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An Engineer’s Guide For Selecting The Right Steel Tubing

By |2019-10-02T14:54:34-05:00October 2nd, 2019|

Engineers have many choices when selecting tubing materials for the application at hand, whether it be a condenser or feedwater heater in a plant, or exhaust tube in an automobile. The wide variety of stainless steel choices available go far beyond 304 or 316! In fact, ASTM lists over 75 alloys, giving the engineer greater [...]

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