Our Processes: Leveling / Cut-to-Length

Lately, we have discussed how many of our products are made and what they are used for. But we haven’t discussed how the coil from the mill becomes a swing set, an HVAC duct system, a food prep table, or a horse trailer. So, today we are going to talk about one of the many processes it takes to turn a coil into an end product. At Metalwest we process the coils we receive from mills and make them into ideal material for our customers. While it may not seem like much to most people, cutting a coil into smaller sheets can mean all the difference for customers who do not have the capability to handle large coils or need to save on processing times. That brings us to our first processing capability. This five-part series will delve into the different processes we offer our customers. The first is leveling / cut-to-length. The simple overview of a leveling / cut-to-length line is that it converts coil into sheet. But it does much more than that.

leveling lineLeveling

When a coil is run through a leveling / cut-to-length line the first step is to, well, level it. Metal can be easily bent, shaped, and formed-which is a good thing for many customers-but because of this, when the metal is wound into a coil at the mill it tends to hold that curved shape when the coil is unwound at a service center. So, the leveler’s job is to straighten the coil so it can later be cut into flat sheet.

cut to length / leveling lineTight Tolerances

The leveling technology we use is able to hold tight tolerances. This means we can process material to our customer’s specifications. The corrective levelers provide shape correction for squared cut-to-length material.

Reduce Overall Scrap

Because the technology we use can process tight tolerances it also means reduced scrap for not only us, but our customers as well. Reducing scrap costs is a top priority for many of our customers. Even a small reduction of those costs can have a large impact on our customers’ success. And we definitely believe our customers’ success is our success. Be sure to check back for more on our processing capabilities.