SMETiC 2000 Increases Running Time for Cascade Steel
Located in McMinnville, Oregon, Cascade Steel is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schnitzer Steel Industries. The facility is an 18 stand SIMAC mill with a 10 stand POMINI rod block and a separate 17 stand Danielli bar mill. The SIMAC mill comprises six stands of roughers, seven stands of finishers and five intermediate stands.
Cascade Steel produces about 700,000 tons of steel annually in the form of reinforcing rebar, merchant bar, coiled rebar, coiled wire rod and other products.
When it first started working with SinterMet in 1993, Cascade Steel’s principal objective was to improve the performance of its mill operation. “I think they wanted what all of our customers want,” says Bill Posey, regional sales manager for SinterMet. “They expected improved performance, but also better quality production, reduced downtime and an excellent value.”
“We knew that SinterMet was a leader in the composite roll market,” says Cascade Steel’s Chuck Berrier, G.F. Rolling Mill — Roll Designer. “We were confident they could help reduce our headaches and increase our running time.”
SinterMet achieved both objectives by implementing a range of products over the last eight years. SinterMet recently replaced Cascade Steel’s traditional iron rolls with Shur-Lock composite rolls and implemented SinterMet’s SMETiC 2000 guide rolls to replace a competitors’ product. “We wanted SMETiC 2000 because it provides equal or better performance with reliable deliveries,” says Chuck.
Cascade Steel is also using SinterMet’s grinding wheels and rod mill rolls, including newer grades such as SM-80.
Additionally, SinterMet’s SVCR-9 has provided Cascade Steel with a level of improvement three to five times the life of iron rolls. “Our carbide grades have also improved performance,” adds Bill, “typically by eight to ten times the life of iron rolls.”
By forging a business relationship over nearly a decade, Bill is confident that Cascade Steel will continue to work closely with SinterMet. “They know we’ll help them grow their operation with top quality products as they increase the number of stands using our technology.”
Chuck adds, “SinterMet’s reputation for outstanding performance, delivery and quality precedes them, and that’s why we turned to them for a long-term, multi-faceted solution.”