Corrugated Metals Blog

Resource Efficiency: Corrugated Metals in the Railway Industry

The railway industry stands as one of the cornerstones of modern transportation, connecting people, goods, and economies across vast distances. As this sector continues to evolve, innovative materials and construction methods are sought to improve efficiency, increase durability, and reduce maintenance demands. Corrugated metals have emerged as a remarkable resource in this endeavor, offering a range of benefits — durability and longevity, resource efficiency, energy savings, and reduced maintenance needs — that make them an ideal choice for various railway applications. From tracks to stations, bridges to rolling stock, the use of corrugated metals brings forth a new vision of efficiency and sustainability. Let’s look at several of the reasons why. An efficient, effective resource Resource [...]

Electrical Vehicle Facilities & Components

Many consumers are now more inclined to purchase electric vehicles (EVs) due to their environmental benefits and lower operating costs. This surge in demand has also increased the demand for EV production facilities and supporting infrastructure. As a result, automobile manufacturers are now constructing or upgrading new plants to ensure a smooth supply chain for vehicle parts. This trend is expected to continue due to market growth, shifting consumer preferences, and government support.This article will provide an overview of EV facilities' operation and list the most common corrugated EV components.The Operating Principles of Electrical Vehicle FacilitiesThe guiding principles of EV facilities encompass various considerations and practices unique to the production and operation of vehicles. These principles can [...]

The Perfect Pairing of Carport Structures and Solar Panels

Among the many ways businesses are reducing their carbon footprints is an exceptional pairing of eco-friendly technology and architectural ingenuity — the seamless integration of solar panels with carport structures.   This combination is a brilliant and practical solution, providing us with renewable energy while making the best use of available space. It also boasts remarkable longevity, making it a sustainable choice. Let's explore why this match made in eco-heaven is capturing the imagination of architects, engineers, environmentalists, landowners, project managers and builders alike.   A Natural Match  In the pursuit of cleaner energy solutions, solar panels and carport structures have found a natural affinity for each other. Carports, known for their ability to shield vehicles from the [...]

Semiconductor Construction

Constructing semiconductor facilities involves planning, designing, and building structures for manufacturing semiconductor devices. These facilities, also called fabs (short for fabrication plants), require advanced equipment to meet the stringent requirements of manufacturing processes. It also includes integrating specialized environmental controls, such as temperature and humidity regulation. The passage of the CHIPS and Science Act has shifted the semiconductor industry. It mandates that components be sourced within the United States rather than depending on imports. This article will provide overview of semiconductor facilities construction and the implications of the CHIPS and Science Act. How Semiconductor Facilities Operate Semiconductor facilities operate through intricate processes involving wafer fabrication, device assembly, and testing. In the wafer fabrication stage, the facilities produce silicon [...]

LNG Export Facilities

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities are critical for meeting the increasing demand for LNG globally, including in the United States. These facilities play a vital role in the energy trade, enabling the transportation of natural gas in its liquid form. They rely on metal structures for constructing, storing, transporting, and processing LNG. This article will discuss the construction process of LNG export facilities and explore its benefits and economic impact. Construction Process of US LNG Export Facilities The construction of LNG export facilities involves several key stages that require careful planning, design, and execution. Here is an overview: Step 1: Site Selection and Preparation Identify and prepare a suitable site based on natural gas reserves, transportation [...]

Industrial Construction

Industrial construction projects require careful planning, project management, and execution to ensure a successful outcome. They are typically designed to meet the specific needs of the industry and the company. In addition, they come with equipment requirements, logistics, and safety standards. As a result, these projects require specialized knowledge and expertise in engineering, materials, and construction techniques. This article will explore the differences between commercial and industrial construction and the key stages of a project. Industrial Construction vs. Commercial Construction Industrial construction refers to building facilities specifically designed for industrial purposes, such as manufacturing plants and warehouses. On the other hand, commercial construction involves establishments for businesses providing goods or services to the public, such as retail [...]

Battery Manufacturing Facilities

Electric vehicle (EV) production has increased substantially in recent years, boosting the demand for batteries to power these vehicles. Battery manufacturing facilities are critical to meeting this demand and producing high-quality batteries. They are often equipped with specialized equipment and processes to create different types of batteries and related components used in EVs. The complex infrastructure of battery manufacturing facilities is pivotal in the EV industry, from advanced assembly lines to rigorous quality control procedures. This article will discuss the overview of these facilities, including the types of batteries used in EVs and the components comprising the facilities themselves. How Do Battery Manufacturing Facilities Work? The manufacturing facilities are complex and follow a specific production line to [...]

Solar Farms: Clean Energy Supported by Custom Metal Ground-mount Systems

While driving through the countryside, you may see an unusual “crop” in the fields: sprawling displays of metal and silicon panels. Instead of wheat, barley or beans, these farms produce energy in the form of electricity. Mainly found in rural areas where space and sunlight are abundant, solar farms produced 146 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in 2022. (For context, an average home in a mild climate consumes roughly 20 kWh of electrical energy in a day.) Underneath (literally!) these clean energy endeavors, you’ll find custom metal parts, which make up the various substructures used in solar farm installations. Solar farms have been popping up across the United States for decades and are growing substantially in [...]

Five Reasons to Use Corrugated Metal for Agricultural Buildings

Agriculture is a 24/7, day-in and day-out endeavor, and that doesn’t just apply to the people involved. It applies to the equipment and buildings as well. The forces of nature and the rigors of day-to-day operations create a challenge for building in agricultural settings. From barns, stables, and machine sheds to greenhouses and storage facilities, the importance of sturdy, long-lasting structures cannot be overstated. The demands of an agricultural setting – often involving exposure to chemicals, livestock waste, water, and weather – call for specialized building materials, especially (but not limited to!) roofing and siding. These buildings play a critical role in safeguarding valuable assets (livestock, machinery, seed, feed, etc.) and ensuring seamless operations. Construction in [...]

What Type of Metal Roofing is Right for My Project?

When it comes to roofing, corrugated metal has become a popular choice due to its durability, cost-effectiveness, and versatility. There are myriad types of metal panels, ranging from copper to steel to galvanized, available in patterns and colors galore. But with so many different types of metal roofing available, choosing the right one for your project can be confusing or even overwhelming. In this blog, we’ll compare some of the lesser-known yet oft-used corrugated metal roofing materials: aluminum, stainless, and ASTM A606 Weathering Steel. We’ll look at the strengths, weaknesses, and characteristics of these materials to help you make an informed decision about which material is best suited to your application as well as valuable insights [...]

Custom Roll Forming: Applications and Benefits for the Construction Industry

The concept of roll forming dates back as far as 600 BC. The machinery and technology used today were of course not around at this time. However, the process of learning how to fabricate different types of metal and form them into useful shapes was created. Today, custom roll forming is a highly efficient and cost-effective method for the construction industry. From roofing and siding to structural components and trim, custom roll forming can help builders and contractors discover new opportunities for their construction projects and stay ahead of the competition. In this blog post, we will explore the various applications and benefits of custom roll forming in the construction industry. Common Applications The process of [...]

Comparing the Cost-Effectiveness of Metal Products Used in Construction

Metal has been used in construction dating as early as the 1700s thanks to its strength, durability, and versatility. When it comes to choosing metal products for a construction project, the cost is a major consideration. However, simply comparing the upfront cost of different metal products is not enough to make an informed decision. It is important to consider the initial cost, the long-term maintenance costs, and the end-of-life disposal cost to account for the overall lifecycle of the material. In this blog post, we will break down each of these factors to help you make a well-educated decision when choosing metals for your next construction project. Initial Cost The initial cost of a metal product is [...]

By |February 15, 2023|metals|

Perforated Metals: Types, Uses, and Benefits

Perforated metal has been used in construction for over 100 years and has become more popular now than ever before. One reason being – perforated metal is a building material that can fulfill many needs, both decorative and purely practical. The process of perforating includes pressing or stamping manually on a sheet of metal to form a pattern of holes and slots. And while the material might look simple by its appearance alone, there are many reasons why perforated metals are so popular across all industries. In this post, we’re walking through the different types, use cases, and benefits of perforated metal that might just make you incorporate the material into your next project. Perforated Metal [...]

5 Environmental Benefits of Metal Roofs

The Metal Roofing Alliance estimates that 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped in US landfills every year. On top of that, asphalt shingles are estimated to take between 300-400 years to fully decompose. The roof is the single largest structural component on a building, so the materials you use have a significant impact on the environment and the building’s carbon footprint. Not only are metal roofs fantastic from a return-on-investment perspective, but roofing metal is widely regarded as the most environmentally responsible choice. In this post, we’re breaking down the immense benefits metal roofs provide to the environment and making the case for why you should consider switching to metal for your next roofing project. [...]

6 Reasons to Choose Custom Stainless Steel Fabrication

In his 1913 quest to create a corrosion-resistant metal for weapons, Harry Brearley, an English metallurgist, experimented with chromium steel and carbon. Upon noticing that the chromium metals were oddly resistant to the polishing chemicals he was using, he made the accidental discovery of “rust-less steel” - now known as stainless steel. More than a century later, stainless steel has become one of the most used materials in fabrication as well as residential, commercial, and industrial projects. You’ve likely seen it in many places including siding on houses, parts on an airplane, and even in landmarks like the Bean in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The reason being - it’s proven to be an extremely versatile, adaptable product. [...]

A Comprehensive Guide to Custom Metal Fabrication

Studies show that 88% of industrial businesses are now prioritizing sustainable manufacturing as a strategic move to increase operational efficiency while simultaneously reducing costs. This makes custom metal fabrication a critical component for reducing waste and streamlining projects. In today’s post, we’re providing a deeper understanding of how this innovative manufacturing technique will help you cut project costs while still fulfilling your unique product requirements. What is Custom Metal Fabrication? “Metal fabrication” refers to the process of building items from raw metal materials, like sheets. Fabricated items could be as small as a cast-metal part for a machine or as large as an entire piece of equipment.   Unlike traditional stock metal fabrication processes, the custom fabrication [...]

How To Leverage Manufacturing Technology for Growth

It’s no secret the manufacturing industry has been confronted with major challenges the last couple of years. Beyond pandemic closures – supply chain breakdowns, labor shortages and rising material costs continue to present major production obstacles. And if that hasn’t been enough to deal with, you can add inflation and economic uncertainty to the mix. Despite this, manufacturing can bounce back. But to stay competitive during this ramp-up, you must invest in new technology and learn to use it to your full potential. Let’s take a closer look at the tools and tech your facility needs to stay one step ahead. Warehouse Management Systems and Enterprise Resource Platforms In today's world, cloud-based technology continues to become a [...]

By |September 16, 2022|manufacturing|

Guide to Finding Vendors for Your Next Freight Car Project

Selecting a freight car project vendor is one of the most crucial activities during the project planning phase and should never be taken lightly. Project vendors influence everything from the timeline of the project to the overall quality and performance of the final product. By extension, the work delivered by a vendor directly correlates to the value of your freight car and becomes a reflection of your company and reputation. Making quick, hasty decisions can result in failed products and wasted resources, so it’s important to take the time to make sure the company you choose meets your qualifications and will ensure cost-effective and high-quality results. To help you prepare for choosing vendors for your next [...]

Guide to Improving Quality Control for OEM’s

If you’re working in the original equipment manufacturing sector, you understand improving quality control is essential for success at all levels. Studies show that companies that lack effective quality control often incur costs that account for 15-20% of sales due to product defects and errors, weakening customer relationships, and an overall damaging brand resulting from poor quality management. To help you learn how to establish and benefit from proper quality control, we’re breaking down the steps you should take in your OEM facility to minimize risk and increase your organization’s value. Standardize Your Systems It’s important to standardize your systems to understand which operations are helping or hurting your quality control – and paper processes make [...]

4 Ways to Make Your Construction Project More Sustainable

As construction and demolition materials pile up quickly, the construction industry poses a substantial threat to the environment. By 2025, the volume of construction waste is expected to increase to 2.2 billion tons every year. The construction industry has a chance to make more responsible choices with an eye toward sustainability. With a proper strategy for going green in place, companies can save time and materials and improve their bottom line. In this post, we’re breaking down the ways the construction industry can have an impact by making projects more sustainable. Efficient Building Design & Material Selection While material choice undoubtedly needs careful thought, it is important to also consider the bigger picture. Materials are just [...]

Guide to Reducing Downtime in Manufacturing

Downtime is a serious threat to any original equipment manufacturing business. A total of 82% of manufacturing companies have experienced unplanned downtime over the past three years, which can cost a company as much as $260,000 an hour. When unplanned downtime occurs, no value is being produced but the cost of overhead operations continues to grow, which directly impacts your bottom line. Downtime can happen for several reasons. Reducing the amount of time that production idles is crucial to increasing efficiency and improving your overall revenue margins. Let’s take a closer look at the main causes of unplanned downtime and how to overcome them. Machine Failure The most common cause of unplanned downtime is a breakdown, [...]

Challenges Facing the Aerospace & Defense Industry

The aerospace and defense (A&D) industry reported an 8% decrease in revenue since 2019 and a 61% decrease in operating profit, primarily due to the impacts of the pandemic. A&D has virtually always been on the forefront of product innovation. However, increasing cost challenges and new market dynamics are dramatically changing the way companies serve their customers, collaborate with partners, and take ideas and solutions to market. Let’s take a closer look at some of the major challenges the A&D industry is facing, and how to overcome them. Free Download: Five Techniques to Reduce Aerospace Project Costs Increasing Profitability and Reducing Cost Pressures The rise in the costs of various raw materials is driving down the [...]

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Installing a Metal Roof

On average, a corrugated metal roof can last between 40-70 years. Asphalt shingles, for comparison, are good for around 15-30 years. Because of their durability ­­– combined with their stylish and low maintenance qualities – metal roofs continue to become an extremely popular choice for residential, commercial, and agricultural buildings. But as with any new roof, all is good…until it’s not. And from our experience, if something goes wrong, it is almost always traced back to the installation. Let’s take a closer look at the common mistakes that occur when installing a metal roof, and how to avoid them. Carelessly Recording Measurements Inaccurate measurements are a significant profit killer in the roofing industry. Failing to measure [...]

Construction Vendor Management Checklist

If you’re a project manager in the construction industry, it’s safe to assume you know that under-managed vendors lead to hindered productivity and project delays, increasing inefficiencies and costs. When using a variety of different vendors, it’s critical to provide ongoing management to understand if things are working as they should or if you need to find a replacement. So, how do you develop a foolproof process for managing vendors? Our checklist below will walk you through best practices to help guide your management strategy and keep your vendors, and project, on track. Set (and Reinforce) Clear Expectations Throughout the vendor selection process, it’s important to clearly define the business goals and expectations. Let the vendors [...]

6 Strategies to Reduce Logistics Costs

Logistics is a crucial part of business for every manufacturer. With fuel and machinery market price increases, consumer demand for fast delivery times, and many other budgetary pressures, logistics can contribute to a large percentage of business costs. Taking action to minimize expense is a primary focus for business operations. Management and logistics play a big role in the supply chain, and with the right strategies in place, companies can successfully improve efficiencies resulting in lower operating costs. Here are the key strategies for reducing logistics costs. 1. Maintain visibility of your supply chain Overseeing visibility and control of your supply chain can reduce unexpected costs and improve planning through better management. Disruptions in the logistics [...]


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