What is material creep and the mechanical properties of lead creep?

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Material creep is defined as the continuing deformation of a metal under a steady load. Other factors affect the creep of materials including temperature and alloy under stress. Lead is such a soft metal that creep affects the metal more than other harder metals such as steel, aluminum or brass. Lead is soft enough that […]

Paint and Powder Coating on Lead Is Great Protection

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Paint and powder coatings on lead are very effective coatings to protect and encapsulate lead products. Many people do not realize that lead can be powder coated because of the baking process used to cure the powder but it can be applied and provides a very tough coating. Lead is very heavy and soft making […]

Vulcan Uses Clear Die Bases in Die Cut Process

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One of the defining aspects of Vulcan GMS is our commitment to continuous improvement. As an ISO certified company this is a core value. We diligently endeavor to meet or exceed our valued customers’ requirements. However, most people think that this only relates to the physical quality of a part. In fact, Vulcan takes this […]

Vulcan expands its machining department again

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Vulcan GMS continues to expand its offerings to meet our customers’ needs. We have added an entire department to better serve our customers and offer a higher level of assembly and value to our customer base. We have specialized in lead and tungsten for years by offering many manufacturing techniques including machining. Vulcan GMS has a full […]

Lead and tungsten make ideal counterweights

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Many types of equipment require balancing or counterweights to allow the system work properly. Counterweights can be simple steel plates or they can be designed with complex geometrics because of the compartments in which they need to be placed. When you are designing a product that will require counterweights, there are many factors to consider. […]

Metal spinning a great process with low tooling cost

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Metal spinning is an old process that fundamentally has not changed all that much since it was introduced into the manufacturing process. The process uses a tool that becomes the inside form of your part. This tool looks like the part that is being made. In the spinning process, the metal blank is pressed against the […]

What can brazing do for you?

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Brazing would seem like a simple process, but it is inherently complex. Brazing is typically used to join either thin wall materials of the same type or because it allows the joining of dissimilar metals in the process. There are two basic forms of brazing: dip brazing and oven brazing. Your specific application will dictate […]

Have you ever thought about trying luge?

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So where in the world do these luge “experts” come from anyway? Luge is not exactly like baseball or football at the local high school. So how does someone get into the sport? The answer is simple: You try it. USA Luge has several events coming up this winter season and anyone of the proper […]

Holy Macaroni, Batman! Vulcan does it again!

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Vulcan GMS is a Milwaukee-based company with more than 35 years of roots in our community. Vulcan has always given back to our community and, in recent years, we have teamed up with the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee to help feed local families in need. In 2013, Vulcan GMS made a donation of 3,200 […]

Considerations for Radioactive Shipping Pigs and Systems

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When designing radioactive shipping packages, there are several key elements that need to be considered. There are many considerations when developing a shipping pig and transport system for that pig. Oftentimes the entire scope of the needs and design are not considered even though they are critical to ensure that the pig and over pack […]