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An Introduction to CSA - Class H

You’ve probably heard about CSA - Class H material at some point but might not be familiar with it. Today, I’d like to reintroduce you to Class H.

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Top 5 Reasons to Specify HSS (A1085 or A500 Grade C) Instead of Pipe (A53)

As I talk to my colleagues around the country, I’m always asked about what makes an ASTM A1085 or A500 Grade C HSS round better than the ASTM A53 pipe the local fabricator is offering. Since A1085 and A500 Grade C are both structural specifications, round HSS products are produced to be used in structural applications and general construction use. An A53 pipe size tube on the other hand is produced to allow the proper flow of oil, water or gas and is not intended to be used in structural applications. Let’s break down the top five reasons to specify A1085 or A500 Grade C round HSS on your next project instead of A53 Pipe.

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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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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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Project Featuring ASTM A1085 HSS Kicks Off SteelDay

Project Featuring ASTM A1085 HSS Kicks Off SteelDay
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Seattle Transfer Station

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Atlas Tube participated in kicking off SteelDay from the Emerald City – Seattle, Washington. The focus of the event was the active construction site for the Seattle North Transfer station, a public works project for processing and transferring municipal solid waste (MSW), organic materials, and recyclables. Featuring 90 tons of ASTM A1085 hollow structural sections (HSS) for the long span roof trusses, the North Transfer Station is the largest ASTM A1085 project to date on the West Coast. 

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