If anyone from Rio is monitoring these posts perhaps they could
find out and definitively let us know if it is sold heat-treated or
not. And I guess it would be good to know if other suppliers are
doing the same.
Ah shoot, and hello again,
I have been in contact with the engineers at the Argentium mill and
found out some of the I previously provided is out of
date and wrong. Sorry for the confusion. Argentium is such a new
product that process engineers at the mill are constantly looking
for better ways of manufacturing Argentium.
Due to these improvements, ALL ARGENTIUM SHEET & WIRE IS ACTIVATED
AT THE MILL. However, please keep in mind that, depending on what
you're doing, working with the raw martial can effect the
activation. If you're unsure always run it through a simple
activation process, 250f for 10 minutes or so.
It seems the early batches of Argentium were not activated. But over
time, better manufacturing processes have been implemented at the
mill, allowing for automatic activation of all Argentium sheet and
wire products. This is great news, and with mud in my face I
apologize for the erroneous info I passed along.
Rio Grande Technical Sales and Support
800-545-6566 ex 13903