High Steel Service Center Meets Demand for Flattest Possible Sheet and Plate Steel

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First in the Mid-Atlantic Region, a $10-million leveling technology investment creates one-of-a-kind processing capability.

A $10-million investment: the HIGHSL processing line produces panel-flat, stress-free steel from coils through a Bradbury eDrive roller leveler, a Bradbury heavy-gauge roller leveler, and a Red Bud Industries stretcher leveler.

This capability offers a unique competitive advantage to our customers by eliminating their number one challenge: problems relating to flatness and stress removal.

High Steel Service Center LLC, of Lancaster, Pa., has introduced HIGHSL, sheet and plate steel that is panel-flat and stress-free for laser processing. Produced on a new leveling line (see video), the material will not warp or buckle during fabrication by sensitive equipment because all the internal stresses have been removed from the metal. The line is the first of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region.

High Steel Service Center takes coil steel from mills and processes it for use by original equipment manufacturers, laser processors, sheet metal fabricators, and others who make a wide range of steel parts. In a multi-year market survey, the company demonstrated that flatness is a top issue in its markets, where internal stresses could cause material to warp during fabrication, reducing customer efficiencies and increasing costs. “This is a significant problem for fabricators running high-speed equipment such as laser, plasma, and waterjet cutters,” says Jim Cunningham, vice president, sales and marketing. “It slows down their operations and can damage the equipment.”

The company addressed the market issue by investing $10 million in a Red Bud Industries stretcher leveler and two Bradbury roller levelers, one with eDrive technology, to produce HIGHSL. A unique combination of leveler machines, the state-of-the-art line stretches 100 percent of the material beyond its yield point to completely relieve internal stresses.

“This capability offers a unique competitive advantage to our customers by eliminating their number one challenge: problems relating to flatness and stress removal,” says Rick Bennett, High Steel Service Center president. “At the same time, we improve our customers’ product quality, increasing their manufacturing throughput and helping to reduce their operating costs.”

The new equipment provides a higher level of flatness when compared with stretcher levelers paired with flatteners or straighteners, temper mills, or tension leveling lines. The eDrive roller leveler assists the stretcher leveler in complete removal of coil set and crossbow, important in heavier gauges and at higher yields, and generates about 50 percent of the energy it consumes.

The new line became fully operational in July, 2012. “Customers have confirmed that this is the flattest material they have ever received, both before and after laser processing. Most importantly, they have confirmed that it absolutely reduces their operating costs,” Bennett adds.

About HIGHSL

HIGHSL carbon steel is produced on a stretcher leveler line to be 100 percent stress-free in 16-gauge through ½” thicknesses, up to 72” wide, and up to 480” in length. High Steel Service Center has branded the material as Panel-Flat that Stays Flat, and makes HIGHSL available to its direct customers, other steel service centers, and the spot market.

About High Steel Service Center LLC

Established in 1978, High Steel Service Center LLC processes coil steel for use by original equipment manufacturers, laser processors, sheet metal fabricators, and others. The firm operates a 200,000-square-foot, 150,000-ton capacity metal distribution operation located in Lancaster, Pa. Value-added services include state-of-the-art stretcher leveling, e-Drive roller leveling, roller leveling, multi-cut precision blanking, slitting, shearing, and sawing services for carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum flat-rolled and general line products. With more than 60 employees, the firm serves customers throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia. The company positions itself as The Dependability Difference®, indicating a range of attributes including complete inventory, right-the-first-time quality, on-time delivery, value-added processing, competitive pricing, and strong customer relationships in support of its customers’ profitable growth.

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