Scrap Optimization and Analytics

ARM recognizes our client’s metallurgical and cost constraints in the globally competitive market place of steel and stainless steel production.  We fully understand it is critical to your success to employ least cost scrap mixes in every melt campaign.


With over 50 years of steelmaking experience, our dedicated internal metallurgy team has allowed us to sustain our advantage in an ever changing industry while providing a guarantee to our consumers that we will meet their chemical, density and yield standards.  Our optimization program allows our consumers to minimize their raw material costs and focus on producing steel.


The foundation of our blended products division is a state of the art blending software program.  Developed by Management Science Associates, Inc. the BOSS platform enables us to deliver true least cost scrap charges over entire melt campaigns, not only on a single heat by heat basis. 


We also recognize that least cost charges are only valuable if the heats meet chemistry aims and residual maxes.  Our advanced scrap testing and analytic abilities enables us to precisely control all elements to meet or exceed the client’s specification. 

To further optimize the process we will tailor the blended package sizes to complement the client’s revert mix, offering package sizes ranging from 2,000# gaylords to full 200,000# rail cars.  

No matter the alloy or grade of metal, ARM has the in-house capability to test and analyze your material to maximize its value.


We employ industry leading testing equipment at our facilities including:

  • A dozen ThermoFisher Niton hand analyzers giving us the capability to test material quickly, anywhere any time, even before it hits the ground
  • Three independent testing labs built around Spectro MAXx spark analyzers allowing precise readings of all residual elements
  • 50 lb dead melt induction furnace that provides the capability to go beyond surface testing allowing us to analyze a homogenous sample as well as yield calculations


As a scrap supplier, being able to test the material is critical, but it is vital to have the knowledge to effectively analyze the data.  Utilizing our team’s industry experience, our staff has the knowledge to evaluate testing data from basic carbon scrap to complex aerospace alloys.  This level of expertise allows us to offer the most accurate blended and straight grade scrap packages from a chemistry, yield and density stand point.