We are hiring! Seeking Bilingual Mandarin Candidates

International Supply Chain Specialist/Product Development (Bilingual Mandarin)

We have an exciting opportunity and are looking to hire a bilingual supply chain specialist to expand our growing business, based in the Atlanta, GA corporate office!

We are flexible regarding prior work experience for the right candidate. We are looking for an assertive “go-getter” with a strong work ethic and a quick learner.

Job Description:

  • Product Development with overseas manufacturers
  • Logistics tracking and management for incoming/outgoing product (heavy data entry and analysis)

Requirements for this position: 

  • Fluent in Mandarin
  • Very high level of Detail
  • Assertive personality with ability for Critical Thinking
  • Ability to work on a team-based environment as well as individually, and in a Fast Paced work environment
  • Superior Organization Skills
  • Willingness to learn the business
  • Some International travel required

Prior Logistics/Supply Chain Experience a positive, but not required.

Send resumes to:  angela@madisonsteel.com


6 Common Uses For Music Wire

More commonly known as piano wire, music wire has a number of uses beyond the creation of chordophones. Available in a number of thicknesses, this is a hardy and reliable high-tensile steel wire with a heavy carbon content. Since music wire needs to be remarkably strong for its size, in order to handle the constant pulling and vibrations of a piano string, it’s a popular component with a number of other industrial uses. Here are just a few:

  • Springspiano wire

Music wire needs to be capable of handing excessive tension and stress in a resilient manner. Even after heavy use, good piano wires will need to maintain their elasticity to preserve sound quality. These very traits make music wire a great raw material for the creation of small springs – for instance, those used in windowpanes or ballpoint pens.

  • Wire Cheese Slicer

Cheese slicers consist primarily of a cutting surface and a stretched music wire, which can be angled downwards to easily cut uniform slices of varying size off a cheese block or wheel. This is especially useful for softer cheeses, which may compress under the width of a full-fledged knife or other slicing tool.

  • Fishing Lures

The shiny look, and tendency to vibrate, of piano wire make it an excellent component in fishing lures. These artificial and reusable tools are great at attracting the attention and interest of fish without the need to handle live bait.

  • Hobbies

Owing to its flexibility, strength, and ease of shaping, music wire is commonly used in recreational hobbies like model railroading and radio-controlled vehicles, as well as in creative crafting and knitting.

  • Making Jewelry

High elastic and moldable music wire is often used in the fabrication of delicate jewelries. The wire-wrapped look of earrings, rings, and bracelets can be quite stunning. Be sure to determine the proper thickness for your needs.

  • Carving Tools

Music wire doesn’t have to be part of your final product – it can also be a means to an end. When used on a lathe or handheld tool, this thin yet resilient wire is fantastic at high-precision shaping of soft woods and other materials.

Need a supplier for music wire or other steel-based raw components? Contact Madison Steel today.


Steel supported infrastructures in 2014

2014 has been deemed “the tallest year ever.” This is because during 2014 nearly 100 skyscrapers were completed around the world. Three skyscrapers were completed in the United States while China topped the charts with 58 total skyscrapers. The increase in skyscraper construction is good news to the steel industry as most skyscrapers are supported with multiple steel components.

Steel Supported Infrastructure

Many of these steel supported infrastructures use pre-stressed concrete. Pre-stressed concrete is uses to increase the strength and extend the life of concrete. Pre-stressed concrete strand is covered and bonded to concrete to create and study slab. This process is ideal in the construction of skyscrapers as they require an abundance of strength and stability. For more information on Pre-Stressed Concrete Strand or to place an order, contact Madison steel at 404-343-4855.

 

 


Why is Galvanized Better than Non-Galvanized?

We’ve all heard the term before, but what exactly is this process? Galvanization is simply the coating of steel (or iron) with a molten zinc covering. This zinc bonds with the steel and protects the underlying material from corrosion – especially rusting – and from light mechanical damages. Galvanization offers some tremendous benefits in the short term and over extended periods –we’ve assembled a quick rundown below:

 

Low Cost – Both Initially and Over Time

Iron-based products and alloys essentially require protective treatments of some sort, due to their susceptibility to oxidation. Galvanization is a factory process, and one that’s cheaper than most of the other coating options (especially labor-intensive ones, like the application of protective paints). Low upkeep requirements and a long effective life make it cost-effective in the long term as well – especially in remote areas where the cost of providing maintenance is considerably higher.

 

Rust Shielding

The zinc coating doesn’t just stick to the exterior of steel or iron – it actually bonds with it, creating a secure and complete protection that penetrates below the surface level. Not only does this protect the vulnerable ferrous material from the rust-inducing elements, it offers an additional layer of metal that rust must work through in the event of any contamination.

 

Cathodic Protection

Zinc’s electronegativity is greater than that of iron, making it an anode that will corrode in preference to the underlying metal. Essentially, this means that even if the outward zinc layer on galvanized material is chipped or otherwise damaged, the remaining material will still protect the exposed iron/steel by attracting corrosion to itself.

 

Ease of Inspection

Though the galvanization process is effectual and long-lasting, any coating will inevitably require some maintenance. Fortunately, this process is easy – galvanization produces a characteristic spangle, and a simple visual inspection is very effective in identifying damage to the coating (if it looks intact, it is intact).

 

 

Contact Madison Steel today for more information on steel products, or to place an order.


10 Non-Ferrous Materials You Can Recycle

Non-ferrous materials are essentially metal materials that do not contain any amount of iron. This usually includes metals like cooper, nickel, tin, aluminum, gold, silver, zinc, brass, and lead. Because these metals are so widely used in many different industries, many of them are eventually recycled. Here is a look at some common items that you might want to consider recycling:

1. Aluminum SidingAluminum Siding

Almost all aluminum siding that is clean and does not have plastic coating can be recycled.

2. Copper Wire

Insulated copper wire can usually be recycled, however, removing the insulation can be extremely hazardous to your health and the health of those around you. It is also illegal in most places.

3. Other Copper Products

If you have any other copper products lying around, there is a possibility they can be recycled. These include tanks, kettles, gutters, and decorative pieces.

4. Aluminum Cans

Aluminum cans – the ones from which you drink your favorite soft drink – are one of the most popular items to be recycled. Just make sure they are empty and dry.

5. Electric Motors

You can recycle almost any type of electric motor, as well as alternators and generators.

6. Car Radiators

Most older car radiators are recyclable, though they are more likely to be accepted if they do not contain steel or plastic.

7. Brass

From plumbing fixtures, such as faucets and fittings, to decorative items, such as candle holders or picture frames, you probably have some type of brass in your home or business.  Almost all of it can be recycled.

8. Cast Iron Pipes

Most lead can also be recycled. This is most commonly found in lead pipes or cast iron pipes.

9. Stainless Steel Appliances

If you have stainless steel appliances, you can usually recycle them. If you aren’t sure try sticking a magnet to them. Most non-ferrous items will not have any type of magnetic attraction.

10. Aluminum Boats

Like other aluminum items, old aluminum boats are almost always recyclable.

To learn more about which non-ferrous items can be recycled, contact Madison Steel at 404-343-4855.


Carbon Steel: Low vs High Carbon

Carbon steel is basically steel that is alloyed with carbon. It may also contains trace amounts of manganese, copper, or silicon. It is one of the most common and popular types of steel used in industries ranging from manufacturing to construction. Carbon steel usually falls into one of two categories: low carbon steel and high carbon steel.

Low Carbon vs. High Carbon

Carbon steel under microscope

Carbon steel under microscope.

Low carbon steel usually has a carbon content of between 0.05 percent and 0.30 percent, while high carbon steel usually has a carbon content of between 0.55 percent and 0.95 percent. So how does that make them different?

Low carbon steel, sometimes referred to as plain carbon or mild steel, is the more common of the two. It is inexpensive compared to high carbon steel, and it can be used for a number of projects and applications. It is more pliable and has a lower tensile strength, though it can be heat treated or carburized to increase its strength and hardness.

High carbon steel is more finicky than low carbon steel. Carburization can lead to other impure elements, such as sulfur, becoming alloys to the steel, which may make it brittle. However, in pure situations, high carbon steel is extremely strong and works great for products like springs and wires.

Other Points on the Carbon Range

Medium carbon steel is steel that has a carbon content between 0.30 and 0.55 percent. It is often used for car parts. Ultra-high carbon steel is steel with a carbon content above 1.0 percent but below 2.0 percent. It is often used for knives. Any type of steel that contains over 2.14 percent of carbon becomes cast iron.

To learn more about carbon steel or to receive a quote on steel products, contact Madison Steel at 404-343-4855.