Corrosion of Stainless Steel Components in Seawater

Stainless steel is an iron alloy made up with 12-30% chromium. The chromium present on the surface when exposed to oxygen creates a protective coating. This coating, commonly called a “passive layer’, works to slow or prevent corrosion from entering into the substrate, thus making it to appear as a “rust less” surface. But, like […]

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TFGUSA Welcomes Ken Burrows

The Federal Group is pleased to welcome Ken Burrows to our engineering team. Ken brings over 20 years of experience working with many different types of castings and forgings in Automotive, Military and Medical applications. Ken is a Certified Six Sigma Greenbelt and follows Lean Manufacturing principles. As our Quality Manager, Ken will focus on […]

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Castings or Forgings? Part 3 of 3

Continued from Part 2 The Practical Purchaser Design and Design Modifications—Although castings and forgings have many design criteria in common (the need for generous radii, for example), each has its own recommended practices. When changing from one process to the other, the design should be reconsidered and new drawings made, or problems are likely to […]

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Castings or Forgings? Part 2 of 3

A Realistic Evaluation An honest presentation of the advantages and limits of both steel component forms allows users to make informed choices when considering a forged or cast design. By Malcolm Blair and Raymond W. Monroe Steel Founders’ Society of America, Crystal Lake, Illinois Mechanical Characteristics The principal mechanical properties of interest to designers are […]

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Castings or Forgings? Part 1 of 3

A Realistic Evaluation An honest presentation of the advantages and limits of both steel component forms allows users to make informed choices when considering a forged or cast design. Malcolm Blair and Raymond W. Monroe, Steel Founders’ Society of America, Crystal Lake, Illinois Much has been said and written recently by the forging industry about […]

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Outsourcing 101 – Part 3 of 3

Continued from last weeks post 9. Shipping Documentation The following is a list of some of the main shipping forms that are necessary for international transportation of goods: Airway Bill Bank Draft / Transmittal Letter Canada Customs Invoice Commercial Invoice (English & Spanish) Dock Receipt Generic Certificate of Origin IMO Dangerous Goods Declaration Inland Bill […]

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Outsourcing 101 – Part 2 of 3

Continued from last weeks post 5. Translation & Interpretation Language can be a major impediment in international business. Some companies have English-speaking representatives to resolve this barrier. However, one finds that language fluency can vary widely. In addition, many technical concepts, material names and such are not easily translated The Federal Group employs experienced staff […]

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Outsourcing 101 – Part 1 of 3

1. A Word About International Sourcing Being competitive in the world markets requires a combination of quality, technology, price, marketing savvy and after-sale service. Purchasing has direct bearing on factors affecting the company’s competitive position in the marketplaces. “World Class” is our theme. We strive to be Global Leaders, able to assist our clients in […]

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Cold Forming Versus Machining = Cost Reduction

In the distant past, artisans called blacksmiths used the earliest “process” to generate a usable shape from metal, a hammer and anvil. Manufacturing was “one at a time” and very slow. Approximately 140 years ago the first automatic forming machine was invented to produce a high volume component – fasteners. Benchmarks evolved – considerable quantities […]

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Ultimate Tapping Screw for Plastics

The marketplace is flooded by offerings of some format of high performance selftapping screw that claims to work better than anything else for threading into plastic. Most seem to have more than just general buzz going for them; different flank angles, tailored pitches, graduated point diameters, etc. Sometimes it appears as though they’re all overlapping […]

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