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Metals Overview

Scrap the notion of succeeding in metals with 'guesstimates', incomplete process metrics, and word-of-mouth market information.

You can make better decisions, reduce your costs, run a smoother operation, and be more competitive with expert help from MSA's Metals and Advanced Manufacturing Division.

  • Imagine having reliable, real-time information on prices, quantities, and availability of scrap, right at your fingertips.
  • Imagine optimizing your blends to produce a quality product at a lower cost.
  • Imagine running an operation so efficiently that scheduling is seamless, workers are safe, and stockholders are happy.

It's not a pipe dream. This is what we do every day for companies like yours in MSA's Metals and Advanced Manufacturing Division.

We help steel producers, recycling companies, environmental companies, and foundries acquire the data and systems they need to run operations that are safer, competitive, and profitable.

As things heat up in the metals industry, count on us to help you sense trends, recognize opportunities, forecast, strategize, stay up-to-date, and strengthen your company.


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Since 2003, we have been providing an easy way to benchmark and monitor your company's ferrous scrap purchasing performance.

Our Raw Material Data Aggregation Service™ (RMDAS™) gives you a real competitive advantage by providing a reliable source of accurate ferrous scrap prices and purchased volume information.


Put BOSS™ in charge of blending optimization and you'll reduce costs while maintaining quality.
Our Blending Optimization Software Suite™ (BOSS™) delivers significant savings by determining the least-cost combination of raw materials needed to produce a given heat, line-up, or production schedule, taking into account all of your various operating and quality constraints.

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Process Automation & Control Systems

Maybe you need to install a basic control system to improve consistency and quality across shifts on the factory floor; or you want to integrate a thermo-chemical model into a process to improve yield; or you need to provide production management with timely information to make better operational decisions.

Let our state-of-the-art technical capabilities help you look at your challenges from every angle, and problem-solve like never before.

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Scrap Yard Management

Manage and move your inventory in ways that make your process smoother and your workers happier. Rely on our Scrap Yard Management Systems to: Display loading instructions for operators; Track scrap boxes through the facility; Maintain and update inventory amounts; Integrate with your existing ERP, purchasing, and melt shop systems.

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MSA has developed a powerful benchmarking platform that can be used by individual companies to GAUGE™ (Gather, Analyze, Utilize, Group for Evaluation) important operational and business metrics, within facilities and across business units, divisions and even the entire enterprise. The platform has been developed to allow clients to define the key performance indicators (KPIs) to be tracked, to group and aggregate data by various criteria (e.g., plant, division, enterprise), and to display information as graphs, charts, tables and standard reports.

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Legacy System Remediation

One thing's for sure:  technology is constantly changing, and to remain competitive, you need to change with it.

MSA's Metals and Advanced Manufacturing team offers flexible approaches to help you develop the systems you need. We can provide a complete technology refresh, a hardware/platform upgrade, or a hybrid approach retaining some aspects of your current system while porting other functions.

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is the process of integrating digital technology into all areas of the business, improving efficiencies, customer experience, sustainability, and profitability.

Companies that invest in digital transformation activities are able to anticipate and adapt quickly to changes in market and business conditions, adjusting strategy before their competition.

Download the Metals and Advanced Manufacturing Brochure