The convenience of modern-day supply chains has made it possible for metalworkers to source just about any type of alloy from virtually anywhere in the world. And while all different types of variables can affect the price—including tariffs, scarcity or competition—it’s generally possible to get the metals you need without much strife.
But just because processed alloys are easily accessible within the market doesn’t mean the caliber of the supplier is uniform as well. In fact, it’s important to thoroughly vet and question your metal supplier, to make sure you’re getting quality products that meet the highest quality standards. Failing to do so will translate into subpar products at the end of the line.
How do you know if you’re working with a reputable source for processed metals? Here are a few of the most important variables to look for and what they say about the company you’re doing business with:
- ASTM Certified products: Knowing your materials are of the highest caliber is difficult without a seal of approval to mark them. That’s why it’s always important to look for American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) certification when it comes to metal products. ASTM is the undisputed leader signifying quality—any materials marked with this seal have been verified quality and are what they’re being sold as.
- ISO 9001 Certification: Process control and quality assurance are two paramount variables in the supply of metal products. Working with a company that has achieved ISO certification means you’re doing business with a company that puts a premium on control. You’ll be getting supplies that have undergone rigorous testing, handling and processing under the supervision of a process that’s inherently recognized as sound.
- Range of products: In the field of metalworking, “close enough” just doesn’t cut it. That’s why it’s important to work with a supplier that offers a complete range of alloys and understands your unique needs. If you need stock of Aluminum 5052 H38 instead of 5052 H32, there’s no settling for “close enough.” Working with a supplier who understands their unique properties ensures you’re getting the right alloy.
- Stock and inventory: When you source from a supplier, you want to be able to put in an order and get your materials fast… not wait for your supplier to get them, then forward them to you. This is why it’s paramount to work with a metal supplier that houses inventory of all types of alloys. Being able to request what you need to get the job done and get it shortly thereafter means keeping the cogs of your business turning smoothly.
If you’re looking for a metal supplier you can trust to deliver exceptional materials to you in a timely manner, put your trust in Quality Metals, Inc. Not only do we stand behind all of the essential traits listed above, we also provide upfront and honest quotes, as well as volumetric pricing and dedicated account servicing. If you need metals, we’re ready to provide them!