Used in industries where strength is most important, steel is typically found as an iron and carbon alloy. Including up to 2.1% carbon helps to prevent iron lattices from breaking, thereby increasing the steel’s hardness. Tweaking other minerals in the alloy can also affect properties like tensile strength and ductility. Steel has been made for thousands of years, but production ramped up in the 17th century with the advent of efficient processes, eventually taking wrought iron’s place as the metal of choice. More than a billion tons of steel are produced every year — used for structural components, automobile parts, machines, and military defense tools.
At IMS, we know that quality steel metal supply can affect a project’s outcome. Our steel alloys are the industry standard — for example, A36 is an ideal alloy for large construction jobs, while 1018 is more suitable for machining. For more than 60 years, Industrial Metal Supply has taken the Sherman family’s passion for for providing metal workers with the materials they need and consequently have grown into one of the most comprehensive suppliers in the Southwest. We hope to be your number-one choice for steel metal supply.
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