Conventional wisdom says that the oil & gas sector is experiencing pain now in expectation of gain later. The global economic slump that began at the end of the last decade, followed by a more recent slowdown in China’s once inexorable economic growth, hit demand hard. With demand weak, a glut of oversupply undermined prices. … Continue reading Have we reached peak oil and gas demand?
The days are getting longer and blue skies suddenly appear, meaning summer is just around the corner. Along with the backyard barbeques and sunburn, summer also brings the air shows. Air shows come in many shapes and sizes. There are the rural, “I can’t believe that thing still flies” shows, the large lakefront shows featuring … Continue reading Daredevils and disasters: the history of the air show
Date: Monday 30th April 2015 Name: Bob Wilson, Supply Chain Manager Truck stop It was obvious just from looking out the window that our supply chain was kind of clunky. One truck rumbled through the gates in the morning with a truckload of 4340 alloy bar direct from the mill, unloaded and left. Two hours later, … Continue reading The Million Dollar Day
Date: Wednesday 27th January 2015 Name: Chip Steele Process: CNC Machining Today has been a good day for this machinist. I used to have a bundle of raw bar stock sitting behind my machining center as “just in case inventory” because my parts were “out of spec”. That meant I also had my foreman asking … Continue reading Memoirs of a Machinist: Chip Steele
As the year winds to a close, we continue to keep our blog series strong. For this installment of The Insider, you’ll meet Norm Boyd — a long-time employee of Castle. He’s in sales management and has a lot to share with all of you. Let us introduce you to Norm. Full name and job … Continue reading The Insider: Norm Boyd – Inside Sales Manager
When it comes to offshore drilling, there are three basic phases in the process. The procedure begins with energy companies sending researchers to identify potential underwater oil deposits. Drilling entitlements are then acquired (though not always required) for the site before it is prepared for exploratory drilling. Let’s take a look at the three phases … Continue reading The Three Basic Stages of Offshore Drilling
Plasma cutting is a very common process used to cut thick, non-ferrous metals such as steel and aluminum plate. In order for us to fully comprehend this process as a whole, we first need to understand what plasma actually is. Plasma represents one of the four fundamental states of matter (the other three are of … Continue reading A Cut Above The Rest – Plasma Cutting
It’s time for the third part of our processing series – The Thermal Treatment. In this chapter we will detail the heat treatment processes of annealing and normalization. Heat treatment involves heating and cooling materials to change their mechanical and physical properties, without affecting the shape. The goal of heat treatment is to strengthen materials … Continue reading The Thermal Treatment Part III – Annealing and Normalization
Lathe cutting is a process that cuts tubular and bar products to extremely close tolerances, using equipment known as a turning machine. This process can also chamfer and debur both ends of a part. A lathe is a tool that rotates a workpiece on its axis in order to perform a number of operations, including: … Continue reading A Cut Above the Rest – Lathe Cutting
In the second installment of our Cut Above the Rest series, we are delighted to dive into the process of flame cutting. This form of heavy/thick plate cutting allows the user to cut carbon and alloy steel plate up to 40 inches thick. The process is also known as plate burning, oxy fuel cutting or … Continue reading A Cut Above the Rest – Flame Cutting
Welcome to the second part of our processing series – The Thermal Treatment. In this installment we are going to highlight and discuss the process of induction hardening. This procedure is a type of heat treatment, where a piece of metal is heated via the method of induction heating and then rapidly quenched. The resulting … Continue reading The Thermal Treatment Part II – Induction Hardening
Welcome to the first installment of our latest blog series — A Cut Above the Rest. This series will consist of eight individual articles, each one detailing the different processes and methods associated with metal cutting. To mark the first edition, we are going to focus on Laser Cutting. This technique involves directing a high-powered … Continue reading A Cut Above the Rest – Laser Cutting
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One thing that is certain in today’s workplace is that we all deal with more uncertainty. New leadership, new ownership, and/or new strategy are all variables that create change. And when private equity firms are in the mix, this usually means rapid change in the most impactful parts of the business. Private equity has been … Continue reading Thought Leadership – Dealing with Workplace Uncertainty
Many of us look to the major players as bellwether indicators for what is developing in the Aerospace, Industrial and Oil & Gas markets. When we hear something big from one of the market movers, you can be sure to find a quick summary here.
Like it or not, social media is firmly entrenched in our daily lives. “Social” blurs the lines between personal and professional interests and smartphones allow this interplay to happen 24/7. 900 million people visit Facebook and 255 million visit Linkedin every month. Half of Americans have a social profile and half of these users are … Continue reading Melting Pot – Social Media Matters – Insights On Viral Posts, Post November 2014
The Purchasing Manager’s Index reflects growth or contraction in the manufacturing sector. Production volumes, new orders, speed of deliveries, inventories and employment levels are used to project future business performance.
The active rig volume serves as a leading indicator of demand for materials and services supporting exploration and extraction.
Gross commercial jet orders booked by Boeing and Airbus forecasts the overall demand for aerospace materials and subcontractor services. Sources: www.boeing.com, www.airbus.com