Metal Supermarkets, the world’s largest supplier of small quantity metals, and long-time client LOFTech Prototype Manufacturing, are over the moon about their recent accomplishments.Rover

With 420 grade stainless steel, cut to size, and supplied by Metal Supermarkets, LOFTech manufactured a vital scientific instrument that looks straight out of a science fiction movie. It is called the ChemCam, a part of NASA’s Curiosity rover.

The ChemCam is an advanced instrument mounted on the rover’s mast used to determine the composition of rocks. Using the most powerful laser in outer space, the ChemCam fires a laser pulse at rocks up to 60 yards away.

From the light given off by the laser hitting the rock, scientists use the built-in spectrometers to determine what the rock is made of. The light resulting from these blasts is recorded and analyzed by the rover, which can determine the elemental composition of samples from the atomic emission lines produced.

Metal Supermarkets and LOFTech have been doing business together for almost 10 years. Whether it is a matter of planetary exploration or general productivity, Metal Supermarkets store owners are constantly impressed with the variety of products that are made with their metals.

Who knows where the next piece of alloy steel, tool steel, stainless steel, hot-rolled and cold-rolled steel, galvanized sheet, copper, brass, bronze or aluminum will wind up?

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The Metal Supermarkets business concept was established in 1985 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Since then, the company has grown to more than 65 franchise locations across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Metal Supermarkets is the only international brand in the small quantity metals industry. More than 60,000 customers rely on Metal Supermarkets for “one stop shopping” for all their small metal requirements and the ability to purchase what they need, when they need it.

The Metal Supermarkets brand is known for superior customer care from start to finish, and the most high-quality metal products available.  Customers include manufacturing facilities, maintenance departments, tool and die makers, fabricators, machine shops, military and other government departments, hobbyists and homeowners.

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