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HSS In the Wild

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Hollow Structural Sections (HSS) help engineers create some pretty cool things every day – from tall skyscrapers for us to live and work in, to dynamic bridges connecting us from to and fro. But HSS products aren’t always used in such large scale projects – in fact, HSS is all around us, every day! As I travel around, I take snap shots here and there of HSS In The Wild to show all the interesting uses and applications this versatile product can be used in. Atlas Tube produces HSS products up to 18x18 square 0.625 wall (along with the corresponding rectangles) and rounds up to 20”. Along with JUMBO HSS sizes beyond 18x18 square, it gives you the flexibility to let your imagination run wild and create whatever you want. What projects will you use HSS in next? 

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Five Interesting Facts About Manufacturing You May Not Know

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When you work in manufacturing, you get to see some really neat things. Take us at Zekelman Industries - being the largest independent tubular products producer in North America, all of our tubular products that we manufacture are formed into a round shape first! So even that square HSS section you installed in your latest project actually started as a round tube. Here are five more of my favorite facts on manufacturing that you should know:

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Product Showdown: A500 vs A513

A common question that comes up when buying tubing is the difference between A500 and A513 material. Customers often assume the specifications are interchangeable but when we delve deeper into the specs, we see there are significant differences.

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Recapping SuperPile 2016

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SuperPile is a conference hosted by the Deep Foundations Institute ( According to their website, nine of DFI’s technical committees combine their resources to put on this annual show. SuperPile travels every year to a different city and this year it visited Chicago, IL, the home of one of Atlas Pipe Piles Manufacturing Facilities.

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Student Day 2016: An introduction to ERW pipe piles for engineering students

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, we welcomed an attentive and inquisitive group of undergrad and graduate engineering students from UIC and IIT to our Atlas Tube plant in Chicago for Student Day.

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