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SinterMet Introduces New Guide Rolls for High Speed Wire Rod Mills

SMETIC 2000 provides high toughness, excellent wear resistance, low density


KITTANNING, PA. USA January 26, 2000 - SinterMet recently introduced SMETiC 2000, a high performance cermet material for guide roll applications.

SMETiC 2000 consists of about 50 vol% titanium carbide (TiC) hard particles embedded in a strong, high corrosion resistant alloy steel matrix. The result are properties ideal for guide rolls: high wear resistance and toughness, high impact resistance, machinability and heat treatability.

SMETiC 2000 guide rollers outperform tool steels and conventional Fe-TiC guide rolls, with a weight 50% lighter than WC-Co and 15% lighter than steel. Other benefits include freedom from micro porosity, minimum pick-up and galling, and temperature resistance as high as 800-1000°C.

"Modern wire rod mills require a product specially suited to the increasingly high speeds being run," said SinterMet vice president Tom Gallagher. "SMETiC 2000 was engineered just for those demanding conditions, and to be consistent with SinterMet's advanced tungsten carbide grades for wire rod mill rolls."

For more information, contact SinterMet at 724-548-7631, by fax at 724-545-1824, or via e-mail at

SinterMet is a world leader in the design and manufacture of tungsten carbide and composite rolls for the rod and bar mill industry. The company, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2000, serves rolling mills on six continents. SinterMet is located in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, USA.