Hot Rolled Carbon Steel Process
The first step in the hot rolling process is to heat the steel, element, or mineral mixture to intense heat above its recrystallization temperature. Once it is heated above this point, the steel becomes malleable. It is then fed into rolling machinery, where it can be shaped and easily formed. This hot-rolled carbon steel process allows for the ability to produce large quantities of steel in a single batch as minimal additional processing is required.
After the carbon steel is processed, it is then cooled to room temperature, which normalizes it. The heating and slow cooling process of steel alter the microstructure of the metal, which increases its ductility and strength. When forming steel, enhanced ductility is an important factor in obtaining its required shape. The exact mix of additional elements to the iron content determines the grade of the steel and its unique strength, forming, and hardness characteristics. Carbon and manganese are the two primary additional elements that influence the outcome of the particular grade of material, but other elements can play a key role as well.
Additionally, hot rolled steel shrinks slightly during the cooling phase, resulting in slight variations in the exact thickness and width of the coil. The finished product will not always meet the specific target that was originally intended. For this reason, there are industry-defined standard tolerances and ranges for flat-rolled steel products. Production of hot-rolled steel is both an art and science that truly requires a delicate balance. Oftentimes, additional and readily available processing is necessary for areas where tight tolerances are essential.
Hot Rolled Steel Applications
Hot rolled steel has many applications across many industries including:
- General Steel Fabrication
Common applications of hot rolled steel include construction, pipe and tube production, truck frames, industrial doors, roll-off containers, oilfields and shale, energy, railroad tracks, and more.
Types of Hot Rolled Steel
Premium Steel Sales maintains a robust inventory of hot-rolled steel products, in a wide range of thicknesses and widths. We stock master coils, pre-cut sheets, and light plates in both stock and off-pattern sizes. We can help you choose the ideal hot-rolled steel product for your specific application based on the fabrication method and type of environment in which the steel will be used.
Hot Rolled Steel Sheets, Plates, & Blanks – We offer hot rolled steel pre-cut sheets and light plates as well as coils that we can cut to custom lengths in a wide range of thicknesses and sizes. Temper and stretcher leveling as well as shape correction are also available.
Hot Rolled Steel Coils – We stock high-quality hot rolled master coils that we can slit to your desired widths – we also specialize in precise narrow slitting.
Customized Quotes For Hot Rolled Steel By The Truckload
Premium Steel Sales is eager to supply the steel for your next big job. We provide customized quotes, including cold rolled steel in truckload quantities. The combination of our robust in-stock inventory, comprehensive product selection, and highly competitive pricing positions us to play a key role with our customers in reducing their costs and improving their bottom line. This approach to partnering with our customers has established us as one of the most flexible and reliable steel providers throughout the Midwest and Southern U.S. We also offer custom quotes for half-truckload and less-than-truckload orders.
We work with a large network of steel mills as well as other suppliers to provide a wide range of flat-rolled carbon and coated steel products. We carefully monitor steel supply chains daily to ensure that our inventory is well maintained, and new material is incoming constantly. We have over 10,000 tons of steel in stock at our Cleveland processing and storage facility as well as at other steel processors throughout the Midwest and Southern U.S. We are continually improving and expanding our inventory and roster of suppliers to enable us to stock and ship exactly what customers need when they need it. We do whatever it takes to ensure the satisfaction of our clients.
Contact Premium Steel Sales for special pricing on steel by truckload for your next project or ongoing production and fabrication needs. We will work very closely with you to gain a good understanding of your requirements. We will help you solve material sourcing challenges by identifying the best steel products for your needs at the best price point. We also help curb costs and reduce lead times with value-added services, such as multi-blanking, slitting, and cut-to-length leveling. We deliver exceptional customer service and attentiveness throughout the entire process, from initial quote through delivery. Typical turnaround time ranges from one to two weeks; however, the material is ready to be shipped within a few days or less in many instances.