Metal Spinning | The Advantages and Disadvantages

Metal Spinning | The Advantages and Disadvantages

Many businesses and consumers are often stunned when asked about Metal Spinning. Regularly we hear “What is Metal Spinning?” or “How can Metal Spinning benefit my Business?” This blog post aims to address these questions, the first in brief, the second in a little more detail by highlighting the advantages and then the disadvantages.

Metal Spinning, sometimes called Metal Forming, is a unique process we like to refer to as an ‘art’. It’s been used since the time of Ancient Egypt and has advanced with technology to fulfil the needs and requirements of modern industries of today. The process itself requires a sheet metal disc, rotating at high Rotations per minute (RPM) and is formed over a tool, usually made from a Metal or Wood, to create the desired shape. For a more detailed post on Metal Spinning read The Ultimate Guide to Metal Spinning.

Metal Spinning is widely used in industries from lampshade design displayed in retail outlets to components for military use in the Defence Industry. And there are many advantages when choosing a metal spinner to supply components for your business.There are many advantages your business can benefit from when choosing to use a Metal Spinning company such as ours, to supply components for your supply chain. These include the following;

Economically Efficient

  • The Metal spinning process produces less waste and is considered the most conservative metal forming process with materials in comparison to forging, stamping, casting etc. This is because the metal spinning process uses the entire sheet metal disc. The waste product of the metal itself occurs during the cutting stage (to produce the metal disc from sheet metal), Cutting (during the spinning process) and Deburring. The leftover metal scraps, however, are then sent off to be recycled and therefore reused.
  • If your business values an Economically Efficient supply chain, then you should consider using a Metal Spinning business. Especially as the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) are now being incorporated into many businesses.

Cost Efficient

  • Tooling costs are low, this is because tools can be crafted in relation to the life expectancy of the job function it is designed for. For example, if you were to order a one-off order, we would produce the tool out of wood. For long life orders, the tool would be produced using hardened D2 steel. This is more expensive than a wooden tool, but your business will save more money on tooling costs with a one-off purchase. The alternative would be to purchase numerous wooden tools which would not be cost effective.
  • We provide tool storage as part of our service for up to one year of the last order. This further saves costs and time when it comes to your next order for long-term orders.
  • In comparison to conventional casting and stamping, Metal Spinning is much less costly due to the simplicity behind tooling. Furthermore, the fabrication processes within Excell that compliment Metal Spinning further saves costs, providing a complete manufacturing solution to your metal spinning needs.

Flexibility

  • Changes to the design can be easily made, and linking back to the previous advantage, makes choosing Metal Spinning much more cost effective. During the product development stage, often we find businesses want to change and reduce the size of a component. By reducing the Tool size in-house it takes away the need to start again, saving time and therefore money.
  • This also makes Metal Spinning an ideal choice for a Prototype design.

Short Lead Times

  • The Metal Spinning process is not only cost-effective and economically efficient, it’s also very quick. The short lead times mean that small to medium batch quantities can be produced within a matter of days. For large batch quantities, numbering the thousands, we generally give a minimum of three weeks. This, partnered with low in-house tooling makes Metal Spinning very efficient for your supply chain.

Improved Material Properties

  • Repeated passes during the Metal Spinning process over the material also serves to an advantage. This is because it hardens the materials and therefore, you can take advantage of less costly, lighter materials for your components (depending on the application you wish to use the component for).

Excell Metal Spinning has over 150 years of combined experience within metal spinning and has one of the largest hand spinning departments in the UK.It wouldn’t be fair to explain only the benefits of Metal Spinning. We understand the need to weigh up the cons and therefore have listed the disadvantages of using Metal Spinning in your supply chain. These are as follows;

Snarl

  • Sometimes, the Metal Spinning process can leave a small indent or imperfections on the surface of the component. This may not suit your application should you find a component has slipped through quality control.
  • We avoid this by training our staff and abiding by a strict Quality Control Regime in accordance to ISO 9001:2015 and BSI Quality Management Systems. This is to ensure that standards are met and quality remains high for our customers.

Consistency

  • With Metal Spinning, it can be hard to keep the spinning conditions constant. Along the way, spinning tools heat up and expand and other various factors affect the time. Therefore, the operator must adjust to these conditions. On a Computer Numerically Controlled Lathe (CNC) this is often a simple case of tweaking the offsets.

Ovality

  • With Metal Spinning, ovality is a regularity. This is because the spinning tool hits only one side of the metal disc. When pulling away the spinning tool, the component would not have completed the last full cycle and therefore deviates slightly from its circularity. Although often this is 0.5mm, for some businesses, this may not be acceptable.

So there you have it, the advantages and disadvantages of Metal Spinning all in one location. Don’t forget to Contact Us should you have any further queries regarding your Metal Spinning needs. You can also be a part of our community by following our social media accounts @ExcellMetalSpin on Twitter and @excellmetalspinning on Instagram.

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Excell Metal Spinning | Christmas Shutdown 2018

Excell Metal Spinning | Christmas Shutdown 2018

Excell Metal Spinning | Christmas Shutdown 2018!

It’s arriving ever nearer, as we put up our Christmas trees, our decorations and purchase gifts for friends and family. It also means our Christmas Shutdown period is fast approaching, and so we thought we’d share some important information regarding when we close down and when we arrive in the New Year.

 

We will be away from the 21st December 2018 this coming December and kick start the New year with eager anticipation on January 2nd 2019! During this period, you can still send us in your Christmas wishlist (Quotes and correspondence) and we will get straight to work in the beginning of the New Year.

Should you have any concerns regarding this information, send us a quick email or telephone call and our elves supportive members of the Excell team will be more than happy to help! Get Social with us in the mean time by following our Twitter @ExcellMetalSpin and Instagram @excellmetalspinning as we share all of the latest industry news, offers and more. Don’t forget to send us in pictures of where our Spinnings have featured!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The Excell Team

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The Story of Excell: Part 3 – Looking to the Future

The Story of Excell: Part 3 – Looking to the Future

The Story of Excell: 

Looking To the Future. 

The Story of Two Metal Spinners and how They Turned Their Dream to Reality. 

The following post is the final in a three part mini-series of posts that will be looking into how Excell Metal Spinning came to be, from the idea of starting the company through to what the future holds. I sat down with both of the Directors, Lee Bligh and Neil Hunt for a final time in this series to gain an insight into what the future holds for.

Excell Metal Spinning has been accredited with ISO9001 quality management systems since 2005 and currently holds the latest 9001; 2015 standard. Continuous improvement has been at the forefront of the company mind set for many years.

If you would like to find out more on continuous improvement, take a look at our guide to how Business Intelligence (BI) can aid here.

Max: In terms of the future, where do you think the metal spinning industry is going?

Lee: I think what with technology moving at the rapid rate it is, we will see some sort of advance on the CNC introduction of the 1970’s but my thought process is such now that I know the skills of the metal spinning mind will always be required. It also pleases me to see how much old crafts are appreciated these days but it’s amongst the Metal Spinning companies of today to pass these skills on to the young to continue the ancient craft for the future and not lose the service in this country.

Neil: I think the future of metal spinning is fairly good I feel there will always be a need for spun parts, but the skills that are needed will be the question as I feel there is not enough younger people coming into the industry learning the real craft on the hand spinning side, but maybe this has happened in a lot of industry’s and it’s just a natural course this day and age, but on the other hand the technology side of it seems to be getting better and better.

Max: Also thinking forward, where do you see the company in the next 10 years?

Lee: I’m personally hoping to enhance on what’s been said above, I want to see the up and coming talent from all areas express themselves through Excell to really push the business forward, going back to the earlier questions you will remember I mentioned the opening of doors and entering unknown worlds, that’s what I would like to see in the next ten years, the entering of unknown worlds practically foreign markets.

Neil: in the next ten years I would like to see Excell build on the foundation that are now laid and move forward with the scope of work quality systems and allow better machine to come in and current staff improve on their skills. Metal Spinning is a craft dating back to the years of Ancient Egypt and has considerably developed over the years since the introduction of automated machinery

Max: Are there any plans in the immediate future to expand?

Lee: We are always looking to push forward and expansion is firmly in the mind if demand is there we will do everything in our power to handle it.

Neil: if the metal spinning industries demands us to expand we most certainly will this up we always have an open mind and will take calculated risks.

I would like to take this final opportunity to thank both Neil and Lee for their time and the insights they have given regarding the future of the company. Our next post will be taking one of your success stories and finding out how your company has succeeded. There is still time to enter, check out the information and link below.

Over the course of this mini-series of posts, we also want to hear from you. We want to hear your success stories in setting up and running a company.  Comment below or find us being social by including the hashtag #TellYourStory

We will be picking the best stories and following up with a feature about the winner on our blog, for more details. Excell Metal Spinning has over 150 years of combined experience within metal spinning and has one of the largest hand spinning departments in the UK.

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The Story of Excell: Part 2 – Challenges Faced & Conquered

The Story of Excell: Part 2 – Challenges Faced & Conquered

The Story of Excell

The Challenges Faced and Conquered. 

The Story of Two Metal Spinners and how They Turned Their Dream to Reality.

Introduction

The following post is the second in a three part mini-series of posts, if you have not read the first post, it will explain about the series and show insights into the start of the company. Read part 1 here.

I spent some time interviewing the Directors, Lee Bligh and Neil hunt for a second week in a row, though this time we discussed the challenged faced when they were starting up the company. When starting a company there can be many challenges to overcome, whether it is cash flow, rapid growth, finding the right suppliers, finding customers or understanding your market position.

If you are just starting off and trying to get your product to market, check out our concept to prototype guide here.

Questions and Answers

Max: What was your first real challenge after setting the company up?

Lee: This is an easy one for me. Seeking customers and building confidence in approaching them, entering the big world of business and opening a door into the unknown.

Neil: Same as Lee really, getting the customers to believe in us and give us a chance.

Max: When was the first time since setting the company up that you felt a real sense of achievement?

Lee: For me, I remember we could not take a wage for what seemed an eternity, but that month when finally we paid our bills and Neil and myself afforded that first wage amongst ourselves, there’s been plenty more since on various levels but the wage for me really made my day.

Neil: There have been lots along the way but the big one for me was when we brought our first CNC spinning lathe

Max: Has there been a moment that you feel helped push the business forward?

Lee: I remember we purchased some machinery early on just after setting up from an organisation who sold of their spinning department, we negotiated a deal for the spinning lathes and various other items, a month after the machinery arrived the fax machine clicked into motion and an order arrived from the organisation that we never knew was coming our way, that company went on to be in our top three customers on spending until this present day. There was also the very good deal we negotiated on our first CNC spinning lathe which pushed us to another level on capabilities.

Neil: The purchase of our first CNC lathe I feel really pushed things on, also we brought a Hydro lathe very cheap this opened doors on thicker gauge jobs.

Final Thoughts

I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Neil and Lee for their time and the insights they have given regarding the challenges faced. Next week we will be continuing our journey in part three, where we will be looking into the future of the company.

Over the course of this mini-series of posts, we also want to hear from you. We want to hear your success stories in setting up and running a company.  Comment below or find us being social by including the hashtag #TellYourStory. We will be picking the best stories and following up with a feature about the winner on our blog. Comment below with your Stories!!

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The Story of Excell: Part 1 – The Origins of Metal Spinning

The Story of Excell: Part 1 – The Origins of Metal Spinning

The Story of Excell: 

The Story of Two Metal Spinners and how They Turned Their Dream to Reality.

Introduction

The following post is the first in a three part mini-series of posts that will be looking into how Excell Metal Spinning came to be, from the idea of starting the company through to what the future holds. I sat down with both of the Directors, Lee Bligh and Neil Hunt to gain an insight into the challenges faced and how they overcame them.

Excell Metal Spinning has been providing bespoke services for 18 years to a wide range of industries. We wanted to take a bit of time to look back and hear some of the stories along the journey and find out what the company has planned for the future.

If you are not sure what metal spinning entails, find out more by reading our How to Guide

Questions and Answers

Max: When did you realise that you wanted to start your own company? What were the reasons behind it?

Lee: I think my idea of running my own company one day stems from a couple of reasons, the first was growing up in a tough environment in my younger childhood days which gave me a real drive to push myself to my limit almost in fear of ever returning to such an environment but also to protect those around me from ever having to experience it, my second influence comes from a particular person who without realising it showed me that you can turn those ambitions into reality if you use your common sense.

Neil: The idea running my business defiantly came from my father, growing up he always had his own businesses, and this was always in my mind whatever I went into I would have my own business.

Max: How did you both come together to start the company?

Lee: My first introduction to Neil was at my previous employer, I remember Neil stepping into a real hostile environment created by the two Directors who could not see eye to eye. What attracted me to Neil was I could see the ambition was there from the offset, a conversation was had between the two of us and we both realised we had similar ideas about what we felt would be the ideal set up within the metal spinning world and the ball started to roll from there.

But thinking back whatever made us feel that another two individuals were a good idea coming together on the back of the warring duo we ’re being employed by at the time I will never know.

Neil: I first met Lee when I joined the company that he worked for and after working alongside Lee on the lathe I knew he had the same line of thought and determination as I did, can’t quite remember who broached the subject at first but once we had talked about setting up on our own, Ideas just snowballed from there.

Max: Can you pinpoint any moments in the early stages of setting up the company that stands out?

Lee: For me it was bringing the machinery together, the chasing around for premises and of course the searching down of premises, thinking back we took a huge risk but once we started there was no going back, the adrenaline was at a real high at the time.

I can remember at the time driving an estate car and going to pick up a metal cutting band saw that must of stood seven foot tall, and literally having this machine loaded into the back of my estate and driving off with about two foot hanging out the back end of the car with the boot open, madness!!

Neil: Times that stuck out for me was when we brought our first lathe, and rented our first unit, at this time we were both still employed full time, and we were trying to get things going in the evenings and weekends, these were exciting times because I knew things were happening.

Max: Was there a turning point in terms of seeing the company go from an idea to a reality?

Lee: Yes most probably when we brought a huge collection of yellow pages (Telephone Directories) from around the country just so we could gain Metal Spinning companies telephone numbers to ring to enquire whether they had Spinning lathes for sale, and then finally getting a call back from our friends in Birmingham to say there was one available.

I remember punching the air when I put the phone down, we-we’re on our way.

Neil: Reality for me was taking on a unit in Hilsea gave up our full-time jobs, I had saved up enough money to last me around 6 months with no wages so it was now or never, go for it time, but looking back I can never remember having any doubts, I knew we were more than capable of making it a successes, really exciting times!!

Final Thoughts

I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Neil and Lee for their time and the insights they have given regarding the initial set up of the company. Next week we will be continuing our journey in part two, where we will be looking into the challenges faced and how they were conquered.

Over the course of this mini-series of posts, we also want to hear from you. We want to hear your success stories in setting up and running a company.  Comment below or find us being social by including the hashtag #TellYourStory

We will be picking the best stories and following up with a feature about the winner on our blog.

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5 Things That Are Made From Spun Metal

5 Things That Are Made From Spun Metal

4 Things That Are Made From Spun Metal

Can You Guess?

The William Hill World Darts Championship Trophy

The William Hill World Darts Championship Trophy” First on our list is the William Hill World Darts Championship Trophy. The Globe piece is a prime example of a Metal Spinning spun by our specialist Spinners here at Excell.

The initial trophy was designed by Miker Shorer Jewellery who approached us to help craft the globe piece of the Trophy itself. You can read more on its background via the case study.

The 25th World Darts Championship took place late December 2017 – January 2018 and was won by Rob Cross defeating Phil Taylor 7-2 in the final with the prize money for the tournament a record high of £1.8m, with the winner receiving £400,000.

War Memorial Restoration

War Memorial Restoration for WW2 Muslim War dead. We took part in the restoration of a World War One Muslim war dead memorial site, more specifically the Finial design. Although complex in design, requiring nine different tools to achieve the desired design it was famous for, we managed to complete it, and within the deadline given.

You can read more about it here.

The BBC featured this on their programme, check out the video here

Assembly Room Lampshades

 Assembly Rooms Lampshades featured in Nando’s In Nando’s you might have observed their lampshades, but you may be too busy getting stuck into your dinner to notice.

But they were actually produced and Spun by our metal spinners after receiving a bespoke order from Assembly Rooms, a London based design studio who have an award winning Interior Design practice which has been running since 2003.

You will recognise that these lampshades have also featured on our social media platforms such as our Instagram page @excellmetalspinning along with other designs. You can read all about it here in our case study. Metal Spinnings are a common sight, from basic utensils to components in engine parts We produce the lampshades currently featuring in some of River Island’s retail outlet upon receiving a job order from Prolight Design. You can still see them in London like the ones in the image provided.

Cambridge Clock Pendulum

The Ball piece pendulum for the famed Cambridge Clock, found at street level on the outside of the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, is also one of many Spinnings we produced here at Excell. The Corpus clock was unveiled in September 2008 by Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking and was Time’s Best inventions of 2008 These are but to name a few of the many projects that we have taken part in. What Metal Spinnings can you see around you? Take a photo and send it to us on twitter tagging us @ExcellMetalSpin and include the #ExcellInsights

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Automated (CNC) Vs Manual Metal Spinning: The advantages and disadvantages

Automated (CNC) Vs Manual Metal Spinning: The advantages and disadvantages

Many businesses and consumers are often stunned when asked about Metal Spinning. Regularly we hear “What is Metal Spinning?” or “How can Metal Spinning benefit my Business?” This blog post aims to address these questions, the first in brief, the second in a little more detail by highlighting the advantages and then the disadvantages.

Metal Spinning, sometimes called Metal Forming, is a unique process we like to refer to as an ‘art’. It’s been used since the time of Ancient Egypt and has advanced with technology to fulfil the needs and requirements of modern industries of today. The process itself requires a sheet metal disc, rotating at high Rotations per minute (RPM) and is formed over a tool, usually made from a Metal or Wood, to create the desired shape. For a more detailed post on Metal Spinning read The Ultimate Guide to Metal Spinning.

Metal Spinning is widely used in industries from lampshade design displayed in retail outlets to components for military use in the Defence Industry. And there are many advantages when choosing a metal spinner to supply components for your business.There are many advantages your business can benefit from when choosing to use a Metal Spinning company such as ours, to supply components for your supply chain. These include the following;

Economically Efficient

  • The Metal spinning process produces less waste and is considered the most conservative metal forming process with materials in comparison to forging, stamping, casting etc. This is because the metal spinning process uses the entire sheet metal disc. The waste product of the metal itself occurs during the cutting stage (to produce the metal disc from sheet metal), Cutting (during the spinning process) and Deburring. The leftover metal scraps, however, are then sent off to be recycled and therefore reused.
  • If your business values an Economically Efficient supply chain, then you should consider using a Metal Spinning business. Especially as the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) are now being incorporated into many businesses.

Cost Efficient

  • Tooling costs are low, this is because tools can be crafted in relation to the life expectancy of the job function it is designed for. For example, if you were to order a one-off order, we would produce the tool out of wood. For long life orders, the tool would be produced using hardened D2 steel. This is more expensive than a wooden tool, but your business will save more money on tooling costs with a one-off purchase. The alternative would be to purchase numerous wooden tools which would not be cost effective.
  • We provide tool storage as part of our service for up to one year of the last order. This further saves costs and time when it comes to your next order for long-term orders.
  • In comparison to conventional casting and stamping, Metal Spinning is much less costly due to the simplicity behind tooling. Furthermore, the fabrication processes within Excell that compliment Metal Spinning further saves costs, providing a complete manufacturing solution to your metal spinning needs.

Flexibility

  • Changes to the design can be easily made, and linking back to the previous advantage, makes choosing Metal Spinning much more cost effective. During the product development stage, often we find businesses want to change and reduce the size of a component. By reducing the Tool size in-house it takes away the need to start again, saving time and therefore money.
  • This also makes Metal Spinning an ideal choice for a Prototype design.

Short Lead Times

  • The Metal Spinning process is not only cost-effective and economically efficient, it’s also very quick. The short lead times mean that small to medium batch quantities can be produced within a matter of days. For large batch quantities, numbering the thousands, we generally give a minimum of three weeks. This, partnered with low in-house tooling makes Metal Spinning very efficient for your supply chain.

Improved Material Properties

  • Repeated passes during the Metal Spinning process over the material also serves to an advantage. This is because it hardens the materials and therefore, you can take advantage of less costly, lighter materials for your components (depending on the application you wish to use the component for).

Excell Metal Spinning has over 150 years of combined experience within metal spinning and has one of the largest hand spinning departments in the UK.It wouldn’t be fair to explain only the benefits of Metal Spinning. We understand the need to weigh up the cons and therefore have listed the disadvantages of using Metal Spinning in your supply chain. These are as follows;

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  • Sometimes, the Metal Spinning process can leave a small indent or imperfections on the surface of the component. This may not suit your application should you find a component has slipped through quality control.
  • We avoid this by training our staff and abiding by a strict Quality Control Regime in accordance to ISO 9001:2015 and BSI Quality Management Systems. This is to ensure that standards are met and quality remains high for our customers.

Consistency

  • With Metal Spinning, it can be hard to keep the spinning conditions constant. Along the way, spinning tools heat up and expand and other various factors affect the time. Therefore, the operator must adjust to these conditions. On a Computer Numerically Controlled Lathe (CNC) this is often a simple case of tweaking the offsets.

Ovality

  • With Metal Spinning, ovality is a regularity. This is because the spinning tool hits only one side of the metal disc. When pulling away the spinning tool, the component would not have completed the last full cycle and therefore deviates slightly from its circularity. Although often this is 0.5mm, for some businesses, this may not be acceptable.

So there you have it, the advantages and disadvantages of Metal Spinning all in one location. Don’t forget to Contact Us should you have any further queries regarding your Metal Spinning needs. You can also be a part of our community by following our social media accounts @ExcellMetalSpin on Twitter and @excellmetalspinning on Instagram.

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Excell’s Material Guide: All you need to know

Excell’s Material Guide: All you need to know

Excell Metal Spinning’s Material Guide:

All our material capabilities all in one place

This is in an update on our previous material guide dated 2016. This material guide will help you understand our capabilities as a metal spinning business and will help you in your decision making for future projects within your business.

It is important to understand that there are a number of limiting factors which can have an affect on your required dimension. A common example involves certain material thickness resulting in varying limitations with regards to the dimensions of component or finished piece. The diameter can also in turn have limitation on the thickness of the material. Another limiting factor is the material choice itself which will affect both the dimensions and thickness.

Below is a list of materials with their assigned minimum and maximum Diameters and Thicknesses that can be successfully spun within our factory.

MaterialMinimum Diameter (mm)Maximum Diameter (mm)Minimum Thickness (mm)Maximum Thickness (mm)
Aerospace Grade Alloys3022210.91
Aluminium3022210.96
Brass3022210.93
Copper3022210.92.5
Galvanised Steel3022210.74
Hastelloy3022210.91
Inconel3022210.91
Marine Grade Alloys3022210.91
Mild Steel CR43022210.76
Monel3022210.91
Titanium3022210.91
304 Grade Stainless Steel3022210.94
316 Grade Stainless Steel3022210.94
4003 Grade Stainless Steel3022210.94

Understanding these properties will help determine which material is best suited for a specific design. This material guide will help you understand our capabilities as a metal spinning business.

Aluminium – Positives and Negatives

PositivesNegatives
Oxidises quickly creating resistance to corrosion by air, water and chemicals.Requires specialised processes in order to be welded
Easily coloured by anodising and holds paint very well.It is abrasive to tooling
Better conductor of Electricity than copper.It is expensive, even more than steel.
RecyclableProne to severe spring back.
Has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. 
Great choice for applications avoiding magnetism. 
Lightweight, lighter than steel. 
Inexpensive to Ship 
More Economical than Brass or Steel 

Brass – Advantages and Disadvantages

PositivesNegatives
Its durable. It is an alloy of Copper and ZincBrass with high zinc content is often hard and brittle.
ResilientIf higher copper content it will be susceptible to corrosion.
Great for heavy-duty use.Not as good an electrical conductor as Copper
Can withstand high temperaturesLow melting point
Versatile 
More malleable than Steel or Iron, easily machined 
Good electrical conductor 
Flexible, its properties can be changed when aluminium is added for example 

Copper – Advantages and Disadvantages

PositivesNegatives
High Electrical ConductivityExpensive
High Thermal ConductivityLoses its colour easily due to heating
Great for electrical componentsEasily scratched
Very ductile and malleableCorrodes at a negligible rate in air, water and deaerated acids
High corrosion resistance 
Intrinsic strength 

Galvanised steel – advantages and disadvantages

PositivesNegatives
Sustainable and recyclableDangerous in pipes as it can leech led
Corrosion ResistanceHigh initial costs
Less maintenance – no shrinking or cracking 
Longevity 
Rust Free 

Mild Steel CR1 + CR4 – advantages and disadvantages

PositivesNegatives
Readily availableLow strength-to-weight ratio
Easy to machineRusts
Easy to weldCannot be improved via heat treatment
Low costsLow corrosion resistance

Has this material guide helped? Be sure to share this article with friends and colleagues and let us know your thoughts on twitter by tagging us @ExcellMetalSpin with the hashtag #ExcellInsights. The best tweets will be retweeted to our 7,000+ followers!

Next week we will look into Automated CNC vs Manual methods of manufacturing, especially within Metal Spinning. What’s your preference? Find out next week!

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Excell’s Weekly Wrap 10/01/2017

Excell’s Weekly Wrap 10/01/2017

Manufacturing performances couldn’t have started any better, and Excell is like many businesses, reaping the rewards from strong performances last year! If you haven’t already read our highlights of 2016, it’s never to late to do so, simply click here. Pushing that aside, lets take a look at what’s happening at Excell and the UK manufacturing industry!

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Highlights of the week

Manufacturing has got off onto a strong footing with PMI figures of 56.1, 2.5 higher than December’s figures. Anything above 50 indicates expansion taking place within the industry! With a weaker pound, exports have significantly increased but cost pressures faced by firms are still unfortunately high. Reports show that inflows of new work in and outside the UK became stronger, with a weak exchange rate of the sterling aiding UK manufacturing exports.

Remember the fun campaign we started on twitter? Well that has racked up some interest by the local media, ‘The News’ Portsmouth, where we will be featuring on Wednesday’s addition of their business page. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled, and click here to be taken directly to The Portsmouth News business section.

Tweets of the Week

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Finally

In other news at Excell, with the help of Etch Work, we now have the ‘Made in Britain‘ marque applied to our Valves.

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Excell’s Highlights of 2016

Excell’s Highlights of 2016

From photo booths to Ceremonies, 2016 has been wild!

We have had a huge year this year, from the development of our very own photo booths to being short-listed as Finalists in the TMMX Awards 2016. Lets explore our successes of the year!

Main Highlights of the year

Installation of our very own Photo Booth

Over the year, we have invested and installed our very own photo booth, producing spectacular photos of the work that we produce for our very many customers. These photos have aided us greatly in our marketing campaigns across different platforms of social media, check out a few examples by clicking on the image to the right.

The TMMX Awards 2016

One of our main highlights of the year was The TMMX Awards 2016 where we featured as finalists in the category ‘Supply Chain Excellence’. We came away with fond memories and huge smiles, as we got to meet some of the UK’s top performing manufacturing businesses. To be part of one of the country’s most prestigious awards is a huge achievement in itself, and we prepare to take on 2017 and hopefully take home some trophies. You can check out our past blog on our time at the TMMX Awards 2016 here.

The Made in Britain Live Event

This year, we took part in Made in Britain’s first ever live event, which was hosted inside our very own factory! Here we took part in interviews as well as providing a tour of our factory, displaying what life is like at Excell. Made in Britain have recently written an article which you can view here talking all about it!

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Tweets of the week