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Broder Metals Group featured in the media

It’s not everyday of the week that we get talked about in the media so when we do we like to let folks know. Our recent creation of the Special Processing Department caught the eye of the editor at Engineering Capacity magazine – so we thought we might post it on here for you to see. To read the magazine on-line click here

Broder Metals at Engineering Capacity Magazine

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New High Strength Corrosion Resistant MP35N™

Broder Metals Group Ltd are pleased to announce another addition to our Oil & Gas bar stock range with the introduction of grade MP35N.

This is a nickel-cobalt alloy only manufactured by Latrobe in the US and provides a unique combination of properties including ultra high strength, toughness, ductility, and outstanding corrosion resistance.

The high strength variant of MP35N™ is used in the medical and aerospace industry while material produced for the oil and gas applications has less cold work reduction than the full strength variant to give the material better stress corrosion cracking (SCC) resistance for harsh environments, and in order to conform to NACE MR0175 / ISO 15166-3 (2009). In this condition the material resists corrosion in hydrogen sulphide, salt water and other chloride environments, as well as resists attack from mineral acids (nitric, hydrochloric and sulphur). The material has exceptional resistance to crevice and stress corrosion cracking in sea water and other hostile environments.

The amount of cold work applied defines at what temperature the material is aged to achieve the final properties required. Typically for optimum sulphide stress corrosion cracking (SCC) resistance the material is aged at 1300 / 1350 deg F for 4 hours (more strength / slightly less SCC resistance) or at 1425 deg F for 6 hours (better SCC resistance / less strength)

The material is suitable for use in the manufacture of fasteners, springs, non-magnetic electrical components, instrument parts, valve components, high pressure door fittings, actuators, seals, shafts and other components.

Initial stock sizes:

  • 1” – 25.4 mm dia
  • 1.335” – 33.91 mm dia
  • 2” – 50.8 mm dia
  • 2.75” – 69.85 mm dia
  • 3” – 76.2 mm dia

Material can also be supplied as cold drawn tubing (from Latrobe stock) in the following sizes:

  • 1.312” (33.3 mm) OD x 1” (25.4 mm) ID
  • 2.610” (66.3 mm) OD x 2.190” (55.6 mm) ID

Material will be supplied against the following Standards as applicable:

  • AMS 5845 – solution heat treated, cold drawn and aged bars
  • NACE MR 01-75 – sulphide stress cracking resistant material for oil field equipment
  • AMS 7468 – bolts and screws, forged head, roll threaded after ageing

Mechanical Tests are conducted at room temperature in accordance with ASTM E8,; hardness in accordance with ASTM E18; Macrotech in accordance with ASTM A604, Grain Size in accordance with ASTM E112.

Applicable customer specs:

  • CAMERON: MS-003064-()
  • AKER: 10001000124-PDC-000
  • EXPRO: MS-1157
  • ENOVATE: EN-SPEC-00307

Mill lengths supplied: 7-16 ft (2.1 – 4.88 m), although we will cut to lengths required if necessary.

Diameter tolerance: +/- 0.003” (0.076 mm)

Density: 8.43 g/cm3

Chemistry:

Element Composition
Ni 33 – 37 %
Co Balance (usually about 35%)
Cr 19 – 21 %
Mo 9 – 10.5%
C 0.025% max
Mn 0.15% max
Si 0.15% max
P 0.015% max
S 0.01% max
Fe 1% max
Ti 1% max
B 0.15% max

Melting: MP35N™ is produced by vacuum induction melting followed by VAC-ARC remelting to provide exceptional control of chemistry and ingot solidification.

ASTM Grain size is 4 or finer.

MP35N™ has a face centred cubic structure matrix of cobalt and nickel, in which chromium and molybdenum are soluble at elevated temperatures. The fcc structure persists upon cooling to room temperature and below.

Note: Exposure to temperatures above the recommended ageing levels may result in a significant (and non-reversible) loss of strength caused by the reversion of the cold worked metallurgical structure to a much softer annealed structure.

Heat Treatment

Treatment Temperature Time Cooling Note
Solution Treat 1900 -1925 deg F 4 – 8 hours Air
Age One of (to meet NACE MR0175) [after cold working]
1300 deg F 4 hours min Air
1350 deg F 4 hours min Air
1425 deg F 6 hours min Air
1450 deg F 4 hours min Air

Increasing ageing temperature & time provides better SCC resistance but lower strength.

Mechanicals

Typical mechanical properties of cold drawn (reduced strength) material for the oil and gas industry

Spec Guaranteed minimums up to 2” dia
UTS
ksi
YS (0.2%)
ksi
Elong % (4D) RA % HRC
Age 1300 deg F / Time 4 hours 210 200 10 40 51 max
Age 1350 deg F / Time 4 hours 220 210 10 40 51 max
Age 1425 deg F / Time 6 hours 190 180 10 40 51 max

Current stock mechanicals

Size Ageing UTS
ksi
Offset
ksi
Elong
%
R of A
%
HRC Grain size
25.4 mm 1425/6 213.9 203.21 19 51 41-46 7
33.9 mm 1425/6 212.7 203.8 19 62 42 4.5
50.8 mm 1425/6 203-206 184-195 20-21 58-62 39-45 5.5
69.85 mm 1300/4 196 182 25 59 40.5 4
76.2 mm 1300/4 199 188 21 62 37-38 5.6 – 6.0

UT – acc to ASTM A388 – 100% volumetric

Expected Impact values

Test Direction Test Temp Min Ft Lbs Min Joules Av Ft lbs Av Joules
Longitudinal -22 (F) / -30 C 20 27 15 20
Transverse -22 (F) / -30 C 15 20 12 15

(Note: MP35N is a trademarked grade (produced by [Timken] Latrobe Speciality Steel, a subsidiary of Carpenter Technology in the USA, and the trademark is owned by SPS Technologies Inc).

Manufacturers losing thousands due to poor order placements

Manufacturers in the metal fastener and associated industries could be costing themselves thousands of pounds a year in lost time and productivity by not providing all the appropriate information when placing an order for raw materials.

Sheffield based international metals stockist and supplier, Broder Metals Group, has carried out an analysis of missing information on orders it has taken and has concluded that customers could save themselves thousands of pounds by ensuring compete details are provided when placing an order.

UK Sales Team Manager at Broder Metals Group, Richard Learad says the results of the analysis surprised everyone at the company.

“We looked through a number of orders taken in the last year and realised that we had spent extra time going back to the client asking for essential information that we need in order to source and supply materials. Sometimes it’s really simple things like the size, shape and quantity involved but on others it can be vitally important technical details. This all takes time at our end which can impact on our stated aim of a quick response to quoting, order processing and delivery. More importantly, it can mean the customer delays work on the next order it has to fulfil, which is not good news and impacts on the bottom line,” says Richard.

Broder Metals Group is committed to same or next day delivery of materials ordered, which is why it carried out the research, so it can pass on information to customers.

“Sometimes it’s a simple oversight that can be sorted quickly but if the technical details such as the GE specifications are not correct or incomplete it can cause real problems. For instance, many GE specifications cover a range of properties required, and the reference number determines which properties we have to supply against. We may be given a specification for an order such as VGS.5.540.1 Revision 1, but there are up to 220 different combinations of tensile and test requirements that are indicated by a set of numbers that follow this specification; for example VGS.5.540.0 Rev 11 – 21. Without the complete code we run the risk of supplying inappropriate material that can then cause problems for the end user. The same applies for the condition and chemistry of the metals we supply to fastener industry manufacturers. We cannot quote against incomplete order information and the time we spend obtaining the details means lost productivity for customers which is always costly,” says Richard.

Managing Director of Broder Metals Group, Mark Burton, says the company is taking steps to address the problem in order to speed up the delivery process and save customers money. “We have created a new Processing Unit that spans all aspect of the company from order taking to sourcing to dispatching from the warehouse. The aim is to ensure that everyone in the company has all the knowledge they need to ensure we meet our commitment to same or next day delivery and order details will form a key part of that process,” says Mark.

Broder Metals Group is a leading supplier of nickel alloys, high tensile stainless steel, duplex, super duplex, flanges and fittings to fastener manufacturers. The company employs 21 people at its head office in Ecclesfield, Sheffield from where it dispatches orders to customers located in 42 different countries.

ENDS

For more information on Broder Metals Group visit www.broder-metals-group.com

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Fastener manufacturers urged to prepare for power generation surge

If you are a supplier to the power generation industry in the UK, are you prepared for a possible sudden demand for raw materials in the light of National Grid seeking additional electricity supplies for this coming winter?

National Grid, which runs the power supply network for the UK has expressed concern that with several power stations closed or facing closure for various reasons, power generation capacity may be much tighter than expected for the end of 2014 and the start of 2015.

This year four nuclear power units have been shut down for safety reasons following routine inspections and with fires at coal-fired units at Ferrybridge and Ironbridge further reducing capacity, National Grid is now talking to power generators about bringing capacity back on-line sooner than expected. The UK was expected to experience a power squeeze in 2015/16 but this has now been brought forward to 2014/15.

This has led some in the supply chain to the power generation industry to ask whether outages will be brought forward and if this will bring about a sudden demand for raw materials?

“Due to the power squeeze on the UK’s power generation being brought forward a whole year following the unexpected problems with several plants, we may see pressure being applied to bring some plants on-line sooner than anticipated. This may lead to a sudden high demand for raw materials for fasteners, bars and plates which could in turn lead to shortages in supply, if you are a manufacturing supplier to power generators you would be well advised to speak to your suppliers now to make sure you are not caught out.  We are already seeing an increase in enquiries for our Alloy T41 and are booking orders against our next delivery in early November 2014,” says Mark Burton, Managing Director of Broder Metals Group.

For more information on this story, see the BBC News website here –

Investment in warehouse reaps rewards for customers

International metals stockist Broder Metals Group has made a significant investment in its warehouse facilities to dramatically increase storage capacity and output processes.

A combined investment in new racking, another forklift truck and a fifth mechanised saw for cutting medium size nickel bars means the company can now hold even more stock and cut it to size before dispatching it even quicker to its global customer base.

Liam Sykes Broder Metals Group

Warehouse Operative for Broder Metals Group, Liam Sykes explains how customers will benefit from the investment in the new facilities.

“The new racking has significantly increased our capacity to hold more stock as well as speeding up the whole warehousing procedures. The new saw has expanded our ability to cut nickel alloy bar up to 400mm diameter and the addition of the new forklift means we can get it loaded and out the door to customers even quicker than before. The combination of all three should see even more satisfied customers in future,” says Liam.

Broder Metals Group supplies nickel alloys, high tensile stainless steel, duplex, super duplex, flanges and fittings to fastener manufacturers supplying the oil & gas, marine, power generation, and automotive industries.

Broder Metals Group employs 22 people at its head office in Ecclesfield, Sheffield from where it despatches orders to customers located in 42 different countries.

ENDS

Photo caption: Liam Sykes at the wheel of the new forklift truck with the new racking visible behind him.

For more information on Broder Metals Group visit www.broder-metals-group.com

This news release was brought to you by Parker PR. For more information about anything included in the above please contact Graham Parker at Parker PR on 01623 638023.

All comments and information above have been approved by those quoted and are not the responsibility of Parker PR

Parker PR is a Public Relations agency based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Contact details are: Parker PR, Suite 8, The Business Place, Langford Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 6QG Telephone 01623 638023 or visit www.parkerpr.com for more details.