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DECEMBER 2017

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ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
Early adopters

Big players are making inroads but should small and midsize companies play the 3D lottery?

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SERVICE CENTERS
Wholly individual

Distributor discovers path to growth in being inspired to serve—daily and in emergencies.

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COIL PROCESSING
Freed from stress

A Mexican service center adds heavy plate processing capability, demand soars.

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COIL COATING
Vibrant view

Custom shades brighten outdoor aluminum-framed amphitheater in Maryland.

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SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS/ERP
Matchmaking expert

Nesting program proves its mettle by saving millions in material and operation costs.

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SAWING/CUTTING
Doing the math

Partnership with blade suppliers ensures structural steel fabricator/erector doesn’t have to work in isolation.

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QUARTERLY MARKET REPORT
Distributor shipments have risen in 2017

Year to date through October, service center shipments of steel and aluminum have risen 3.6 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively.

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GUEST EDITORIAL
Rebranding

Products seen as boring can get a boost by invoking a sense of wonder.

MODERN METALS' MISSION
Modern Metals' approach to metalworking is unique, taking the reader through a metal's journey from the mill to the OEM/end user. Along the way, MM emphasizes the critical role that metal service centers play, as well as the fabricating and forming stages. This sum-of-all-parts approach to metalworking provides comprehensive industry coverage.

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