Not all metal processes are perfect as is. The application of a single metal coating may simply not be enough. Using one specific base or precious metal may not achieve the desired results. This is one of the reasons behind metal companies turning to master alloys. These are the adjusters, the fine tuners of the metal coating industry.
Defining Master Alloys
A master alloy is a combination of metals. Specifically, it is an arranged alliance between a base metal and either one or two more elements. The base metal has a lower percentage than the other elements. The most common base metals are:
The other elements can be titanium, iron, steel, silver or even gold.
The Shape of Master Alloys
Metal companies have the option of what shape in which to produce their master alloys. These, like the number of metals employed, are varied. Common shapes in which a company may produce or receive master alloys include:
* Rod in coils
* Waffle plate
Where to Find Master Alloys
Master alloys appear in metal shops and plants around the globe. They are an integral ingredient in various metal processes. They are employed in a melt to:
* Change or adjust the composition of the metal in its liquid form (melt): This is performed to attain the specific chemical composition required or designated
* Structure control: Change the properties e.g. electrical conductivity, ductility, durability, of the metal through manipulating its microstructure. This occurs usually during the casting and solidification process.
The purpose or application of the master alloy, will determine its name. As a result, the metal processing company may refer to it as:
* Grain refiner
Reasons for Using Master Alloys
The reasons for employing a master alloy can also vary. They may be used in the place of pure metal out of purely economic reasons. A manufacturer needs to be cost-effective and keep cost low. Another major reason can be technical. Certain elements may or may not prove to be as productive as they can be unless they are altered, adjusted or guided. This can often only be achieved through the addition of another metal or two.
To get the desired and necessary results, metal processors turn to master alloys. By adding them into the mix correctly, the problem becomes resolved. An answer is reached, a solution achieved that requires less production time and lower energy expenditure.
Master Alloys: Solutions Inc.
Companies have come to rely on the expertise of those who understand the capability and properties of using a master alloy. Finding a solution to a technical or financial melt problem requires specialized equipment and a highly skilled staff. They are the ones responsible for letting master alloys do what they do best – adjust and fine-tune the melt.