- More temperature resistance: Steel can withstand a wider range of temperatures compared to most commercial plastics. Operating range of steel is -150 F to +1600 F (-101 C to +871 C). Operating range of plastics is -60 F to 250 F (-51 C to +121 C), although there are specialty plastics with a somewhat higher range. Steel can withstand rapid or cyclic temperature fluctuations better than most plastics.
- More corrosion resistance: Stainless steel resists corrosion in atmospheric and pure water environments. High-alloyed stainless steel grades resist corrosion in most acids, alkaline solutions and chlorine environments. Most plastics cannot.
- More versatile: Steel can be coated with plastic to gain the benefits of both products.
- Cleaner: Industrial oils, grease and solvents stain plastic more deeply than steel, harder to keep clean. Stainless steel surfaces are easier to maintain in original appearance.
- Stronger: Steel has greater tensile strength and is more durable. Ventilation holes degrade strength of a plastic washing container more than they do in wire mesh or laser-cut sheet metal.
- Less water absorption: Steel has none; Plastic has some water absorption, depending on the plastic.
- Greater protection against fire: Special high chromium and nickel-alloyed steels resist scaling and retain strength even at high temperatures.
- Less expensive to make: Marlin Steel uses simple forming methods to make steel products. In contrast, most plastics require a custom mold, which incur a high up-front tooling cost, restricting consideration of plastic for only very high volumes.
- Less expensive long-term: When total life cycle costs are considered, including initial tooling, stainless is often a less expensive material option.
- More sustainable: Plastics break down much faster. Most plastics come from petroleum, a non-renewable, often imported resource.
BOSTON, Massachusetts – Marlin Steel, a leading manufacturer of industrial material handling containers, has been selected for the second straight year for the “Inner City 100” award by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC).
The award, announced by the ICIC and FORTUNE, goes to the fastest-growing companies in America’s inner cities. The non-profit research and strategy organization was founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter to support economic growth in urban areas. The award ceremony last night in Boston concluded a two-day forum where companies from around the country, including Marlin Steel, worked to develop business-led solutions to challenges that confront inner city economies.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized again by the ICIC and to be in the company of other entrepreneurs who are creating jobs in cities throughout America,” said Drew Greenblatt, president of Marlin Steel. “The comeback of manufacturing is important for the nation to nurture because it feeds such critical needs as job creation, global competitiveness and technological innovation.” Continue reading
Letter to the editor May 5 in the Baltimore Sun from Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt:
When I bought Marlin Steel in 1998, the extent of its technology was an old fax machine. Today, our factory is full of industrial robots that are fed computer-aided designs and churn out steel containers for industry 60 times faster than before. We’re winning jobs that used to go to China and elsewhere. My employees, who once made $6 an hour, average $26 an hour now.
This isn’t your grandfather’s small factory: We depend on the Internet, cloud computing and other new technologies, just like thousands of other manufacturers our size. We operate in high-tech ways that only the largest plants could afford years ago. Yet we’re vulnerable to our operations being exploited or disrupted by hackers with bad intent.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in one of the most bipartisan votes of the past couple of years. Ninety-two Democrats voted with Republicans in favor of the House bill, while 29 Republicans opposed it. That two-thirds majority veto-proofed the bill should it clear the Senate and reach the President Barack Obama’s desk.
The Senate, however, is indicating it might not take up the bill, and the White House has already vowed a veto should it pass the Senate. They say they are concerned about the threat to business, but talk is cheap. Continue reading
ATC Drivetrain, a leading independent drivetrain remanufacturer, needed a container for ultrasonic cleaning of valves for automatic transmissions. Marlin Steel designed stainless steel containers with several partitions to hold the individual parts and perforated sides to facilitate thorough parts washing. The containers help ensure the integrity of the wash process. ATC reported it was pleased with the innovation, quality and speed from Marlin Steel.
We issued a press release this morning about the recent translation of our Marlin Steel website into German to better serve our international market. We earlier added Spanish and Japanese versions accessible at marlinsteel.com
“We wanted to be able to better accommodate our German-speaking customers abroad and in the U.S.,” said Drew Greenblatt, president of Marlin Steel. “We regularly interact with industrial and automotive companies and suppliers in Germany as well as at American plants owned by German companies.” Continue reading