Metal Associates

Distributors of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals
Specializing in Copper, Brass, & Bronze

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HUNCH Program

3 Aug 2017

At Metal Associates, we are focused on not only contributing to the here and now, but contributing to and investing in the future of STEM and the future of students interested in STEM in the United States. On that note, we would like to share with you about a program near and dear to our hearts, the NASA HUNCH program, for which we provide raw materials.

HUNCH stands for High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware. This program allows curious and motivated middle and high school students to learn from NASA instructors and take college-level engineering classes in a hands-on setting. Students don’t just get theoretical instruction; they get to build certified flight hardware and soft goods that will be used by real astronauts. They receive the opportunity to figure out how to manipulate all sorts of metal materials and metal shapes used by engineers, like copper, bronze, carbon steel, brass and round wire. In essence, they get to be aerospace engineers.

We are very proud that we are able to say that, for the last three years, Metal Associates has been providing materials to HUNCH for use in its programs throughout the Northeast, including those held at County College of Morris and Lincoln Tech. Using the materials we provided, like aluminum, copper bar, copper tubes and brass plates, CCM has recently created some phenomenal products that will go a long way, both literally and figuratively, in the space programs of the world. For example, last January, HUNCH students built stowage lockers to be used on the International Space Station (ISS). These lockers don’t just contain space to hang your jacket, either. Instead, they also have space to carry Cargo Transfer Bags with some pretty impressive cargo, including a pea chamber that holds pea seeds, tubes used to help hold and support plants after harvest in space and harvest kits used to preserve plant samples. We think that’s pretty neat! Some students go on to receive NASA certifications for their hard work. Metal Associates is so honored and humbled to be able to make a difference in the lives of these bright young students. If we’re lucky, perhaps some of them will come and work for us someday.

We’d like to thank the NASA HUNCH program, as well as County College of Morris and those other individual programs to which we contribute metal materials, for giving us the opportunity to share our work with not only the world, but the universe. Your trust in us means so much, and we are so thrilled to be able to give back. Thank you!

Metal Associates sells ferrous and non-ferrous high quality metal and metal products including aluminum, brass, brass plates, bronze, carbon steel, beryllium copper, copper, copper bar, copper tubes, cupro-nickel, Invar and more. We welcome orders of all shapes, sizes and quantities. If this article has inspired you to learn more about Metal Associates, we encourage you to visit our
homepage, where you can begin your journey with us. Or, send us an information request. While we can’t guarantee that your journey with us will take you to outer space, we can guarantee that, at the very least, it will be out of this world. Call us today!


We offer a 5% educational discount on all of our products!

High Purity Metals

31 May 2016

As a full line distributor of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals in a variety of shapes, tempers, alloys and forms; Metal Associates has a reputation of providing our customers with top of the line products and high quality customer service. We have built this reputation over the years by taking care of our customers’ needs and going the extra mile, along the way we have gain a superior knowledge that is hard to rival in our industry. We utilize this knowledge by expanding our products and services in order to better fit the needs of our every growing customer base.

This is why we are proud to talk about our high purity metals which can be utilized in a number of different applications and settings from research and development industries to those producing advanced technologies that depend on the unique properties of these high purity metals. From creating fluorescent lighting to plasma screens and electronic sensors, we have worked with a wide range of applications and would be happy to listen to the requirements of your application and come up with the right materials to get the job done right. Whatever your application may be, let Metal Associates be your next high purity metal supplier.

Feel free to call us toll free at (800) 838-1978 or send us an email at metals@rcn.com for more information on our high purity metals or any of our other products here at Metal Associates. Our objective is and always will be to offer a superior service and responding to your needs is at the top of our priority list. This is how we have built a reputation as leaders in our industry, we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Lock Wires

2 May 2016

As a full line distributor of both non-ferrous and ferrous metals in just about every shape, temper, alloy or form out there we are proud of each and every product that leaves our doors because we know that due to a close attention to detail that our products will fit the desired application of our customers in the best way possible. Our objective is to always provide a superior service and responding to your needs is our top priority, we don’t have a flashy marketing philosophy we simply believe that establishing solid, long lasting relationships with our customers is the secret to success. And throughout our companies history this has remained true!

This history and reputation of success extends into every aspect of our business, we’d like to take this time to highlight our lock wire products which come in a variety of different alloys from Ni-Cu Monel to Copper Cadmium (Yellow), check out our lock wire page for more detailed information. We are proud to offer our customers lock and safety wire solutions to their unique needs, and because we work with a number of different materials we are able to provide solutions to a wide range of customers. From the automobile industry to applications in the aerospace industry, our lock wires are counted on to perform when needed no matter the environment. No matter your application or current lock wire need you may have, here at Metal Associates we are proud to say that we can supply you with the most reliable safety wire products available.

You will find a list of alloys that are available here at Metal Associates on our lock wire page and in addition to that list we are now a supplier of Cadmium plated copper wire in the following coppers: CY10, CY13, CY15, CY20, CY32, and CY40. Reach out to us today for more information on our Lock wires and all the products & services we offer here at Metal Associates

Metal Associates – Copper Sizing

12 Apr 2016

Copper tubes and pipes are frequently used in the plumbing industry because they can be shaped into 90 degree angles and easily soldered or compressed together to form a connection. While copper is becoming more costly, it is still a good choice because of its high resistance to corrosion which makes it well suited to long term uses.

Copper tubing comes in several common size types: Type “K”, type “L”, type “M” and type “DWV”. These sizes are all based on the size of the inside and outside diameter in relation to the tube’s overall thickness. Type K has the thickest walls among these four pressure ratings and it is usually used in deep underground installations for water flow. Most construction standards require an underground type K tube to be covered with a polyethylene sleeve for enhanced anti-corrosion protection. Type L pipes have a thinner wall and can usually be found in residential and commercial plumbing with low pressure water supply. Type M has an even thinner wall, and it is also used in residential and commercial water flow applications. This type is usually has red print on it to distinguish it from the other types. Finally, type “DWV” copper tubing is the thinnest, and can usually only be used for applications where no extra pressure is forced through the tube. Examples of this would be drains, waste and vent lines. DMV copper piping can range from 1.25’’ to 2” in diameter.

The four copper sizing types mentioned above are commonly known by experts in the plumbing industry in the United States. Knowing the difference between them is important when installing new pipes for a specific building or construction application. In the refrigeration industry, a different kind of copper piping called ACR is used. ACR stands for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration field services. These pipes are the same size, but different varieties of ACR pipe are manufactured with different specifications. Most types of ACR pipe are processed without using oils that would interfere with the products used to lubricate a refrigerator’s AC system.


Copper sizing varies from on industry to another as size is usually determined by a particular application. At metal associates, we try to distribute copper sizes that work for whatever industry you may operate your business in so that your application is fitted with the perfect materials. 

Metal Associates – Recycling Copper Wire

5 Apr 2016

Copper has quickly become one of the more expensive metals to manufacture with. It is a very limited resource, and it is costly to extract. As a result, there is a growing market for recycled copper wire. Recycling old copper wire is beneficial because it reduces the amount of new material needed when manufacturing copper products and it means less waste ends up being dumped in a landfill. Of course, there are a few steps to the recycling process, but it can still be very worthwhile.

If the old copper wire is covered in any kind of insulation, this needs to be removed before the copper can be melted back down and recycled for new purposes. A mechanical process can be used to strip the insulation from the old wire and then run it through an incinerator for processing. A high temperature incinerator is necessary to remove any contaminants from the copper and destroy all traces of the insulation. This cannot be accomplished in an open fire because the heat is not high enough and the chemicals that are released could be harmful to anyone who inhales them. Besides human health concerns, there is also a risk that the contaminants that are released into the atmosphere could end up in the ground or in a water source, damaging the local environment and posing an indirect threat to any life in the area.

Many metal recycling companies will no longer accept copper wire that has been stripped using an open fire because of the contamination. As this practice is enforced, the idea is that more people will find a company with an incinerator that can strip the copper at high temperatures for them, safely recycling the material.

At Metal Associates, some of the copper that we provide to our clients has been sourced from safely recycled copper wire. We are proud to be part of the chain of a responsible recycling solution where old materials can be repurposed and put to new uses. Copper is still a very popular material in many applications because of its color, highly malleable nature and low-resistance to electricity which makes it highly conductive. We offer copper in a wide variety of forms to meet the unique needs of our customers.

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Metal Associates
230 West Parkway
Unit 3-2
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
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Toll Free: (800) 838-1978 •
Phone: (973) 835-8480
Fax: (973) 835-7981
email: metals@rcn.com

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