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Frightened About Freight Laws? Corrugated Metals' Shipping Saver Can Help

Posted by Ken Carlton

Oct 28, 2013 1:18:00 PM

Earlier this year, new regulations set by the Federal DOT regarding hours of service for drivers went into effect. The new Hours-of-Service (HOS) Regulations have been poised to change the landscape of shipping in the United States since 2011. Freight carriers are now adjusting to the consequences of reduced capacity and productivity.

saving_money_buttonThe HOS regulations enforce stricter limitations on the number of hours that a driver can drive consecutively, and per day. They also set limitations on minimum 34-hour restarts. Prior to these regulations, there were no rules regarding mandatory rest breaks, consecutive driving hours or restarts.

When the rules were first proposed three days before Christmas in 2011, they met with strong opposition from organizations such as the American Trucking Association. To many members of the trucking and shipping industry, the rules anticipated an overall reduction of capacity which, in addition to the current shortage of drivers, would especially hurt the industry during this time of year.

In response these regulations, Corrugated Metals is happy to announce our Shipping Saver Program, a service designed to help purchasing managers and estimators cut costs on shipping during the predicted squeeze after the regulations took effect.

Just put your name on our list, and we’ll give you a call when our delivery trucks are scheduled to pass by your plant or facility. You can place an order at the same time, and we’ll load it onto the truck and deliver it to you for a reduced shipping fee. It’s a win-win situation for all.

To make this program work, all we need is your contact information. If you’re interested in saving money on shipping, especially during the year-end holidays, please visit our website today. 

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Topics: corrugated metals, Freight Carriers, Shipping, HOS Regulations

The Rebirth of Freight Railroads in North America

Posted by Ken Carlton

Oct 14, 2013 2:25:00 PM

freight_trainThe past few years have brought with them a freight-railroading renaissance in North America. For decades, over-the-road and airfreight had taken over the shipping landscape. Helped along by the recent boom in natural gas production, the lack of adequate pipelines, and always rising fuel costs, more industries have returned to shipping their goods by rail. According to the Wall Street Journal, we are in the middle of a  “…building boom unlike anything since the industry’s Gilded Age heyday in the 19th century.”

In 2013 alone, more than $14 billion is being put into new yards, stations, and track. Experts believe the industry will hit a high of 67,000 rail-car deliveries per year by 2017.

freight_train2As one might imagine, this new push comes with a demand for newer and more advanced rail cars. Currently there are 11 basic classifications of freight cars, each serving a different and important purpose. Within these categories, there is an extensive list of subclasses, each with its own specific demands. One of thing they all have in common is the demand for the highest quality and most innovative construction.

 

While corrugated steel was and still is the main material of choice for railcars, however, there has been a move toward the use of aluminum alloys for some of today’s freight rail cars.  These aluminum alloys include, Aluminum Magnesium (5052,5083,5086,5454,etc.) and Aluminum Magnesium Silicon (6061, 6082, etc.). Typically, they have a 30-year life span, and each year the industry is finding ways to make them lighter, stronger, and more cost-effective.

At Corrugated Metals, we are at the forefront of rail car roofing innovation. Recently we worked on a project that we believe will shape the way the freight cars roofs are made in the future. The key for the entire industry and us is the ability to efficiently and cost effectively custom roll form every type of metal used in the industry including:

  • Aluminum

  • Aluminized I & II

  • Galvannealed

  • Stainless Steel

  • COR-TEN® HSLA

  • Hot-Dipped Galvanized G-90 through G-285

  • Cold Rolled CQ (Commercial Quality)

  • Prepainted Galvanized & Aluminum

The future for transporting freight by rail looks bright, and everyday brings a new technology or materials that will keep the industry going for decades to come.  

 

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Topics: corrugated metals, corrugated railcars, passenger railcars

The Big Upside of R-Panel

Posted by Ken Carlton

Sep 30, 2013 9:00:00 AM

As the real estate and construction industries rebound from the devastating effects of the Great Recession, building construction projects, both commercial and residential are popping up across the U.S. once again.

RPanel2The construction industry’s most innovative builders and remodeling experts are constantly in the market for new, exciting, and cost-effective alternatives to conventional roofing.  When it comes to both industrial and residential siding-roofing projects, especially those involving retrofitting over worn out shingles, you really cannot go wrong with R-Panel. R-Panel is versatile, affordable, durable, and energy efficient. Since you can place R-Panel over existing roofs, it cuts down on disposal costs and labor and can save valuable time. 

R-Panel comes in a wide range of materials, gauges, and sizes including:

  • 36" coverage with 1 1/4" depth, 12” pitch

  • Custom lengths available

  • Available in:  Steel & Stainless 22, 24, and 26 gauge and Aluminum .032 & .040

  • Available Finishes include:  Painted, Galvalume/Galvanized, A606 ( Corten ), Bare Cold Rolled & Painted Aluminum

  • R Panel is used in commercial, agricultural and light industrial applications.

  • Matching finishes are available for flashings and flat stock.

R-Panel is an economical, low maintenance panel with a contemporary look.  It is stronger than the standard 2.67 x ½” corrugated panel and typically is used as either roofing or siding.

RPanel1These multi-faceted panels come with a minimum pitch of 1:12 and allow for easy installation into both steel and wood frames. They come in a variety of popular colors, are wind resistant up to 140 mph, and require little to no maintenance.

If you line up all these benefits, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that R-Panel is becoming one of the most popular roofing and siding options for building construction. 

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Topics: corrugated metals, R-Panel, Roofing

Corrugated Metal’s Strength and Quality Is a Perfect Fit for High-Speed Trains

Posted by Ken Carlton

Sep 10, 2013 7:59:00 AM

It’s no secret Bombardier is as successful as it is innovative. As a global leader in the transportation industry—and confident enough to call itself the “world’s only manufacturer of planes and trains”—the company is at the forefront of producing the best aircrafts and train cars to travel in. A recent article about the company’s challenge of making passengers comfortable in a train traveling at 360 km/h, or 223 mph, got us thinking about our role in the high-speed train sector.

highspeed_trainCorrugated metal is strong, but that doesn’t mean it’s clunky—in fact, it’s incredibly lightweight without compromising durability. Smooth metal sheeting is sleek but costly and thick—whereas corrugated metal has a lightweight construction, lower material coast, flexibility, and longer life. The high-strength to weight ratio typically serves as an ideal candidate for roofing projects, farming, building construction, and storage units, but there are major benefits for the transportation industry.

Take, for example, Bombardier’s Zefiro V300, which is as fast as it is sleek. The extended nose on the power train and aerodynamic passenger trains can zoom across country at phenomenal speeds. While reliability the main concern in choosing a product for train cars, they also need to be as light as possible, which is why corrugated metal is a smarter choice compared to traditional steel. There are major energy savings when using corrugated products, and companies can use this to their advantage by making up for the reduced energy by moving faster and matching the original output or count the money saved as a victory and continue on schedule.

At Corrugated Metals, Inc., we’ll tailor any project or material to your company’s needs, and we welcome challenges. For more information on our products and services, head over to our website.

 

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Topics: corrugated metals, corrugated railcars, bombardier, transportation industry

State and County Fairs: A Calvacade of Aluminum Trailers!

Posted by Ken Carlton

Aug 28, 2013 8:16:00 AM

horse in aluminum trailer, corrugated metalAugust and September are traditionally the time for state and county fairs across the U.S.  All around America, county and state fairs are drawing thousands of people for a day, week, or month of fun, family times. Today’s fairs are celebrations heavy on the “unique” fried foods, carnival games and rides, and live music.

Some of the more famous and well-attended fairs include:

  • State Fair of Texas (Sept. 27-Oct. 20, 2013)
    In its 127th year, this massive fair drew more than 2.5 million last year and includes complete auto show that covers 300,000 sq ft.
  • Minnesota State Fair (Aug. 22- Sept 2, 2013)
    With over 1.7 million attending last year, this fair is heavy on the livestock and dairy!
  • Los Angeles County Fair (Aug. 30-Sept 29, 2013)
    As far as county fairs, this is the largest and most heavily attended with close to 1.4 million coming in 2012.

Aluminum trailers that carries livestockThese massive modern events began as much smaller concentrated affairs. County and state fairs got their starts in the 19th century as a way to promote modern farming methods and equipment.

The very first county fair was held in Naperville, Illinois in 1841, while the first state fair launched that same year in Syracuse, New York. Though what passes for entertainment has radically changed in the past 172 years, the modern fairs still shine a light on agriculture and livestock.

Most fairs have some sort of livestock-judging aspect, whether it is the prestigious and massive Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions or a smaller local show like The Grange at the Boone County Fair in Belvidere, IL.


No matter the size of the fair, those who bring livestock to these fairs need high-quality trailers for their (hopefully) prize-winning animals. If you attend any size fair the odds are good that you will see corrugated aluminum trailers from some of the biggest names in the industry including, Featherlite, Kiefer Manufacturing and CM Trailers. All of these amazing companies, utilize the corrugated aluminum for their products because it is a durable, lightweight, and fuel-efficient material.

So the next time you visit your local fair, be it a smaller local venue or a giant state event, don’t just eat your weight in fried foods, also take some time out to notice all the innovative aluminum trailers that make all the fun possible! To learn more about Featherlite, Kiefer Manufacturing, and CM Trailers, please visit their websites. 

 

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Topics: corrugated metals, aluminum, livestock

Corrugated Metals and ISO 9001:2008

Posted by Ken Carlton

Aug 15, 2013 8:57:00 AM

corrugated_metalThere might not be a higher honor in the world of manufacturing than achieving ISO 9001:2008 certification. It is the gold standard when it comes to assuring customers of a company’s commitment to quality and consistency. At Corrugated Metals, we put tremendous effort, time, and money into attaining our ISO 9001:2008 certification. We believe that it gives our customers peace of mind and a sense they will also receive the best products and service.

So, what exactly is ISO 9001:2008 certification and why is it so coveted? The ISO 9001:2008 is a prestigious international standard that sets out the requirements of a quality management system. 

As you might imagine, attaining such a certification is not easy. The process to becoming ISO 9001:2008 certified is long, exacting, and exhaustive. The standard it self has a minimum of 28 different specific requirements. You must have everyone (and also a large number of sub-requirements) or you will not even have the chance to apply. Even after meeting these requirements, you then have to train your entire staff how to implement and constantly maintain the ISO 9001:2008 standards. This is topped off with a full documentation of your system and an exhaustive audit from the ISO organization.

Only about 25,000 American companies have obtained this prestigious status, so the entire Corrugated Metals team is exceedingly proud of our ISO 9001:2008 certification. In many ways, it is our way of saying to our customers that we will always put quality and their needs ahead of our own.

To learn more about how Corrugated Metals’ ISO 9001:2008 certification and how it can benefit you, visit our website or contact us today!

 

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Topics: corrugated metals, manufacturing, iso certification

3 Reasons Why DoD QSLD Certification Means that Companies Can Trust Corrugated Metals' Products

Posted by Ken Carlton

Aug 5, 2013 11:54:00 AM

air_force_baseRecently, Corrugated Metals, Inc. worked with the IMEC in Illinois to achieve our certification to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Qualified Suppliers List of Distributors (QSLD).  The QSLD is a set of standards that the U.S. Military requires companies to adhere to if they want to be able to sell bulk metal products to military units and programs.

Corrugated Metals submitted the initial application to the Defense Logistics Agency’s Qualified Suppliers List in March of 2010. The Defense Contract Management Agency conducted an on-site survey on July 9, 2010.  The company was approved for the QSLD on July 21, 2010.

The decision to achieve this certification was based off of two factors. The first was practical, a $30 million contract from the Department of Defense was awarded to Infrastructure Defense Technologies (IDT), a division of Corrugated Metals, which meant that our products were seen by the DoD as being worthy of being utilized by the various branches of the military. The second factor was Corrugated Metal’s desire to continually improve and be certified in areas of quality, efficiency, and safety. 

Many may raise the question of what does this mean for my company. So what does DoD QSLD certification mean for a non-military entity looking to source material from Corrugated Metals? 

There are a host of criteria required to get this certification, but there are 3 top criteria that guarantee any company seeking products from a certified distributor will get. These top criteria include:

1. Quality

The DoD outlines that that “The Distributor shall be responsible for establishing, implementing and maintaining an organizational Quality Control (QC) Program.” Corrugated Metals met this qualification through its many years of quality production, but also by going through the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management certification. This is a rigorous process that according to QMI-SAI Global about 32,000 organizations in the United States are ISO 9001 certified.

Having this quality certification and making quality a core attribute of Corrugated Metals manufacturing process not only gained us the QSLD certification, but it also guarantees to other customers that we focus on quality each and every day.

2. Product Traceability

The World Customs Organization reports that counterfeit goods account for nearly 10% of worldwide trade, an estimated $500 billion annually. The danger to any company that buys cheap products can result in inferior parts or components that result in significant downtime, equipment failures, and loss of customers due to illegally sourced material. Oftentimes, a U.S. distributor may have a reliable source, but that party may not know that its materials are counterfeit. They pass along the poor material or components to their customers and the awful trend continues.

Through the QSLD certification, a distributor must be able to trace the products or raw material so that they can verify to the DoD that the material or product is of high quality and it won’t fail when utilized the military. Having the certification provides an added level of comfort to a private company that the material or products that they are purchasing are legal and made in a quality manufacturing process.

corrugated_metals_inc.The danger of buying cheap products is highlighted by the high failure rate commonly associated with cheaper, inferior products. Low-quality tools can result in production downtime and breakages, costing the company more money in the long run.

3. Process Controls

Another requirement that the DoD has in place to receive certificiation is that the distributor must have process controls in place in order to fulfill its commitment to a quality management system. There should be a set of policies, procedures and processes that ensure the quality of a product, materials, or service. 

With these process controls in place, a company like Corrugated Metals is well documented in what is needed to ensure the quality of their products and services. As well, this part of the certification process has verified that their process controls meets the U.S. Military’s strict criteria.

With the knowledge that a large government agency has inspected and qualified a company’s processes and products, and then approved them for use in various areas of the nation’s defense, should provide an additional level of assurance to any company seeking to do business with that company. As proud bearers of our DoD QSLD, Corrugated Metals believes this certification is an added level of product assurance to all of our customers, whether private or public.

 

 

Corrugated Metals works with quality materials

 

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Topics: corrugated metals, military protection, quality materials, military industry, department of defense certification

Corrugated Metals: Proud Partner in Restoring NYC Beaches

Posted by Ken Carlton

Jul 10, 2013 7:52:00 PM

corrugated metal trailers used for restrooms or lifeguard stations after sandHurricane Sandy left a trail of destruction in New York last year, and the city’s beaches were left in shambles. Iconic boardwalks were washed away and many beaches were left thirty to forty feet narrower due to beach erosion. Pieces of boardwalks, wrecked homes and shops covered the sand.

The severity of the damage caused most beaches to stay closed for months after the storm, but city officials were anxious to get them reopened. The Department of Parks and Recreation teamed up with Garrison Architects to get the beaches up and running by Memorial Day, and we were glad to be a part of the process.

The main goal of the restoration project was to create 37 permanent modular structures for beach-goers to use such as restrooms, comfort stations, and lifeguard stations. It was important that these structures were strong enough to make it through future storms, so it was clear that corrugated metal should be used as the predominant building material. It is extremely durable; corrugated steel roofs typically last for up to fifty years.

Another benefit of corrugated metal is that it can reflect heat from the sun instead of absorbing it, which cuts down the cost of air conditioning. Corrugated steel is known for being extremely weather resistant and requires little maintenance. Stainless steel is also resistant to salt-water damage, making it the perfect building material for a beach structure. 

corrugated metal trailers used after sandy for restrooms and lifeguard stationsThe reflective nature of corrugated metal worked into Garrison’s overall net-zero energy design. Each of these structures is equipped with solar hot water heating, skylight ventilators, as well as photovoltaic panels for electricity. In addition, the buildings were elevated above the newly updated FEMA storm surge levels (post Hurricane Sandy)

A portion of the project was completed by Memorial Day and the structures are now on fifteen beach sites around the city. They are all easily accessible from the beach or boardwalk and are successfully providing comfort to the city’s millions of beach-goers. Being a part of the beach restoration project is one of our greatest achievements. 

 

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Topics: corrugated metals, Beach Restoration, Hurricane Sandy

Maintaining Corrugated Metal Roofs: Preventing White Rust

Posted by Ken Carlton

Jun 25, 2013 9:00:00 AM

 White RustCorrugated roofing and siding is popular with homeowners and businesses alike, thanks to beneficial attributes such as long life, easy installation, and low maintenance requirements. Most corrugated products are made from galvanized steel. Galvanization is the process of applying a thin layer of zinc on the surface of the metal to protect it from rust (oxidization) and corrosion. 

Galvanized steel products are designed to last for many years in roofing and siding applications. However, it is very important to know that packaged bundles of corrugated products must be stored indoors, in a dry environment. Improper storage of stacked sheets (i.e. outdoors, or in environments where moisture can form between sheets) exposes galvanized steel to white zinc corrosion, or “white rust.” White rust is the result of electrolytic action which takes place between the steel sheets when water exists without oxygen.   

White rust’s corrosion usually appears as a white deposit on one or more areas of the galvanized metal. If seen wet, it will feel waxy in texture, when dried it can feel brittle and hard. If this is spotted early enough, it can be treated and prevented. The good thing is that the corrosion of the zinc is only on the surface level and hasn’t penetrated to the metal. However, if left unattended, the zinc will be further eroded and will leave the metal unprotected and vulnerable to oxidization. Of course, it can be unsightly as well, so tackling the issue when it first is noticed is important.

Here are a few tips that can help prevent white rust and what you can do if it develops on your roof, siding or other places that utilize corrugated metal:

  1. Most importantly, be certain that the materials are stored in a way that will provide enough air to allow the zinc coating to dry and protect. Also, be certain that in the storage area that the zinc coating doesn’t come into contact with the various elements that could begin the corrosion process for the zinc. This is the most critical part of maintaining rust free corrugated metal. Too many suppliers and wholesalers fail to properly store the corrugated metal.

  2. Remove any item that may be causing destructive corrosion in areas already damaged. This could be strapping or other items used in storage. If the white rust has begun while the product is on the building, make sure that it isn’t in contact with things like copper pipes or lead, etc.

  3. Pour white vinegar over any areas that display white rust. Allow the vinegar to sit for five minutes, then rinse and wash the area with warm water. For light rusted areas, this should remove the stain. If so, apply a coat of zinc-rich water or perhaps a solvent-based rust resistant primer.

  4. If the vinegar doesn’t remove the white rust, scrub off the rest of the stain with sandpaper until the white coating of the rust has been removed. Do this for all areas of the surface that may be exhibiting white rust.

  5. Rinse the sanded area with warm water, dry with a clean cloth rag.

  6. Apply a layer of zinc-rich primer to the sanded areas. Wait until dry, brush on a coat of galvanized iron primer. Paint the entire roof or siding. Let dry.

  7. You may then finish the process by painting on a layer of exterior paint for metal.  

     

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Topics: corrugated metals, roofing and siding, corrugated, metal roofing and siding

We Want You… To Tell Us What You Want

Posted by Ken Carlton

Jun 14, 2013 9:00:00 AM

As a company that has been around for as many years as we have, we have received countless numbers of requests from clients in regards to products or capabilities they were looking for. Since we pride ourselves on always meeting the needs of every client, it is important to us to consider each request and find a way to integrate the core qualities into our business. That is exactly how we have grown from a company focused only on roofing and siding products to that of one serving OEMs, passenger rails, and military supplies as well. Over the years, we have learned how to grow and adapt to the changing needs and technologies of the industry. Today, it is no different.

To be more specific, we recently were approached about becoming a one-stop shop for the roofing and siding industry. One customer needed all new roofing and siding materials, including the flashing and other types of equipment. At the time, we were only able to provide the flat sheet of material—the customer would have had to go to another vendor in order for the flashings. In order to make it more efficient and cost effective for our customers, we have begun offering flashings and panels as well. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to become more reliable and dependent to our audience?

That’s not where we want this to end. As we are looking to expand even further in the coming years, we invite you to help with our product selection. We want to become more of a one-stop shop with all of the products we offer. We invite you to let us know any suggestions!

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Topics: corrugated metals, roofing and siding, customers, manufacturing