December 6, 2016

The Global State of Steel: 3rd & 4th Quarters 2016

By |2016-12-06T09:33:18-05:00December 6th, 2016|Blog Posts, Steel|

Corus IJmuiden, Netherlands. Photo by Sander van der Molen As a global commodity, the price of steel varies daily, and those prices are influenced by several factors, including the price of oil, availability of recycled steel, and the condition of the world economy in general. But the single most important factor that determines current steel prices is supply and [...]

November 25, 2016

Steel Grades and Specifications Explained (Part 3): Tensile/Yield Strength

By |2016-12-08T13:03:22-05:00November 25th, 2016|Blog Posts, Steel|

In our most recent post in this series, Steel Grades and Specifications Explained (Part 2), we took a look at steel categories and classifications, as well as a further look at sub-categories of carbon steel. Most pallet rack today is made of carbon steel, but not all carbon steels products are the same. There are different steel grades resulting in [...]

Steel Grades and Specifications Explained (Part 2): Categories & Classifications

By |2016-11-29T16:33:07-05:00November 23rd, 2016|Blog Posts, Steel|

Our last post, Steel Grades and Specifications Explained (Part 1), was an overview of the standards organizations that have developed grades to classify various steels by their composition and physical properties. We also shared  ANSI MH16.1: 2012, Specification For The Design, Testing And Utilization Of Industrial Steel Storage Racks, sections 1.2 (Materials) and 1.3 (Applicable Design Specifications) to show [...]

Steel Grades and Specifications Explained (Part 1): Standards Organizations

By |2016-11-29T16:34:21-05:00November 19th, 2016|Steel|

Bethlehem Steel, photo by Michael LaMartin Did you know there are over 3,500 different grades of steel? While all steel is composed of iron and carbon, each grade is comprised of unique physical, chemical, and environmental properties. But it’s the amount of carbon, and additional alloys, as well as the level of impurities, that determine the properties [...]

July 6, 2016

Next Level Looks at the Global State of Steel

By |2016-10-30T13:17:42-05:00July 6th, 2016|Blog Posts, Business|

The Global Steel Industry Industry Challenges The steel industry has faced challenging economic environment in the face of global excess capacity and historically low prices, and steelmakers have struggled to keep up profits. Economic slowdown in China dealt a massive blow to the global steel industry – overcapacity and lower steel prices hurt margins of Chinese steel producers. The steel [...]

September 18, 2014

Pallet Rack Steel

By |2016-10-30T13:17:47-05:00September 18th, 2014|Pallet Rack|

Next Level Storage Solutions Factory We continue our series, "Pallet Rack from the Ground Up" with an exploration of the fundamental production material of pallet rack: steel. Pallet Rack Production Begins with Steel As a building block in many structures and skyscrapers, steel performs its function well. It is a sturdy material, able to withstand the rigors of whatever [...]

July 25, 2013

Pallet Rack 101: Roll Formed vs. Structural Steel, What’s the Difference?

By |2016-10-30T13:18:15-05:00July 25th, 2013|Blog Posts, Warehouse Storage Systems|

What's the difference between roll formed and structural steel and what does that mean for you? Actually, both types of steel used in pallet racking are roll formed. Steel that we refer to as "roll formed" is made by a process called cold roll forming: sheets of cold steel are bent with rollers to form the shapes for the uprights and beams. [...]

June 27, 2013

STEEL the Spotlight

By |2016-10-30T13:18:19-05:00June 27th, 2013|Blog Posts, Warehouse Storage Systems|

Why Steel is Superior for Warehouse Storage Systems Storage systems in warehouse environments are a top priority when it comes to productivity, safety and efficiency. Top management need to be able to rely on these systems for their warehouse and distribution organization and supply chain operations. The best way to reach a high level of performance for these top priorities [...]