The steelmaking process begins with Timken raw material – recycled scrap metal.
Electric arcs jumping across three carbon electrodes in the roof of each furnace create controlled lightning.
After being melted, the ladle of steel is carried by crane to the refiner.
At the Timken Faircrest Steel Plant, steel is bottom poured into ingots.
At the Harrison Steel Plant, we cast steel blooms in our strand caster, designed to produce extremely clean bar products.
After being reheated to rolling temperature, the steel ingots pass between the grooved rolls and are reduced in size.
A variety of thermal treatments are available to provide the necessary strength and toughness, or the optimum hardness and microstructure for customer processing requirements.
Bar products receive both visual and automated inspections.
Bars are cut to standard lengths or to customer-specified lengths.
Each bar is stamped with multiple identification codes.
Each heat of steel is rigorously evaluated as it moves through the process.
In addition to surface and dimensional quality checks, steel product samples are evaluated using a number of laboratory tests.
Timken® steel bars and billets can be cut to the customer's required length before shipping.