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How Security Barriers Can Save Lives and Businesses

So you’re trying to determine whether it’s time to increase the security of your building and you’re about to launch into the decision-making process. We can help. First, it’s crucial to know exactly what area you’re trying to protect as well as what you’re protecting it from. If this is a security barrier that will be placed outside to keep cars away from a section of your building, you’ll probably choose different metals and fabrication than if you need security panels to protect your interior. No matter what you need to keep safe, barriers will help get the job done. Applications for Metal Security Panels When it comes to barriers, you have two primary categories to consider: active and passive. Either option can incorporate metal security panels, but they function dif… Read more
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Architectural Expanded Metal: What You Need to Know

Expanded metal fabricators design metal pieces perfect for countless architectural applications across plants, facilities, commercial buildings and more. Expanded metal is strong, durable, flexible and lightweight, which makes it the ideal choice for a wide variety of jobs. It’s even used in some patio furniture — a testament to its versatility. Read on to learn what expanded metal is, how it is made, what designs use it and where to get it. What Is Expanded Metal and When Is It Used? The first answer you’ll need before deciding whether expanded metal is correct for your architecture job is what it is and how it’s created. The manufacturing process for archit… Read more

How to Safely Weld Galvanized Steel

Welding galvanized steel is an important and valuable technique in the metal fabrication process — especially when producing galvanized steel wire cloth or galvanized steel gratings — but people are shying away from it lately due to the toxic fumes that welding galvanized steel produces. There is also concern about how to deal with the coating of galvanized steel and what to do about corrosion. Fortunately, the right approach to welding galvanized steel can manage all these issues effectively. Safety With Welding Galvanized Steel If you take the proper personal protection precautions, you will be much safer when coming into contact with the toxic fumes. Different facilities may use different protection equipment, although gloves, welding helmets, steel-toed boots and sometim… Read more
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10 Tips for Purchasing Perforated Metal

When buying perforated material, there are countless varieties of hole sizes, shapes, materials and gauges to specify which can affect the production process, quality, cost and lead-time of the finished product. Follow these 10 tips to purchase the right perforated product for your individual application: Material - Choose the proper material, thickness and finish that satisfies the challenges of the application’s environment. Corrosion resistance, EMI shielding requirements and appearance may be some considerations. Hole shape - There are many hole shapes, but round holes in general are most common, especially arranged in a 60° triang… Read more

3 Uses of Architectural Products

Architectural products, like metal screens and infill panels, serve various purposes. All, however, are fabricated to meet practical requirements while fulfilling your creative vision as an architect, designer or brand manager, when you collaborate with Marco Specialty Steel. Learn more about architectural metal screens and an in-depth examination of three of their uses below. Architectural Metal Screens and Their Options The versatility of architectural metal screens allows them to offer multiple applications throughout different industries. Metal screen options tend to influence the use of an architectural metal screen the most. Bar grating, for example, is not ideal for separating minerals in com… Read more