The value-add services provided by one metal service center won’t be exactly the same as another. Services offered will differ based on the equipment, capabilities, and general know-how of the metal service center you work with. That being said, let’s talk about a few common value-add services for metal products.
The process of unrolling coil and cutting it into flat sheets is known as leveling. Frequently a metal service center will pre-cut material to standard, stock lengths such as 96" or 120." Leveling, or cut-to-length lines vary in capabilities. In some cases material memory is corrected by running coil through sets of rollers, and in other cases the material is stretched before being cut. Regardless of how the coil is processed, understanding your application helps a service center offer the best product or process.
Blanks are essentially smaller sheets and much easier to handle. When you have a nonstandard size request, some service centers are well suited to help produce custom sized flat product that will add value to your process. By minimizing excess scrap, holding a tight diagonal tolerance or reducing stress often present in full sized sheets, blanks are often a valuable option.
Slitting is a method of modifying the
- Create consistent product
- Provide tight metal tolerances
- Reduce waste/scrap
Having material slit to the width you need can add ease to your project and save time in the long run.
Edge Rolling/Edge Conditioning
Edge rolling and conditioning services give coil and strip a cleaner edge. Sharp edges and edge imperfections can happen when metal is cut or slit. Giving
The Value of Value-Add Services
One of the differentiators of Mead Metals is our in-house value-add services. It’s not only that we perform them, it’s also that our employees have the industry knowledge and all-around expertise to execute to the highest standards. Our niche is high-quality, specialty metals available in both large and small quantities. And our value-add services allow our customers to get the materials they need, at the specs they need them in, at a much faster rate.