Ever since she was a young girl, my sister has been interested in agriculture. After graduating with a degree in agriculture education, she accepted a teaching position at a local high school. For the past three years, she has been amazing her students with her knowledge about subjects such as raising beef cattle, growing flowers, and canning fruit preserves. Since she has a sweet tooth, canning fruit preserves is one of my sister’s favorite pastimes. If she ever has the time, she may even launch her own home based business canning fruit preserves to sell to customers. If you’re considering canning jams, jellies, and other sweet goods to sell to customers, you will need to invest in some state-of-the-art industrial equipment. On this blog, you will discover the types of industrial equipment that are necessary to start a canning business.
Whether you're initiating production of construction beams or computer casings, there are some things you need to consider before using steel in your manufacturing line. Steel is a time-tested material that can lend to both a solid frame and beautiful finish, when properly prepared. So if you're ready to get started using steel as the backbone for your next part or component, here's what you should know before you make the order.
How The Material Was Processed
A pressed steel product that's readily available for production can be ordered by a mill in either cold- or hot-pressed rolls, as well as formed into shapes that meet your design parameters. But when you order a roll or component from a steel mill, you'll be given the option of choosing between hot- or cold-pressed steel, which can be confusing to those unfamiliar with the process of manufacture.
Hot-pressed steel refers to an end-product that's been heated above the temperature of crystallization and allowed to cool to room temperature without any further modifications or processing. This produces a steel roll or component that shrinks slightly after it has cooled, and can contain both visual and structural imperfections that may make it unusable in certain industrial situations. The steel product of hot-pressed processing will be inconsistently thick, may have non-uniform flatness, and can exhibit structural deficiencies from area to area, but it is more readily available and found for a cheaper price than if it were considered cold-pressed.
Hot-pressed steel only becomes cold if it has been further processed with tempering and annealing processes that refine the rough end result. Cold processing will work a hot-rolled component further to reduce structural and visual imperfections that make it inappropriate for industrial use where parts need to be highly versatile, aesthetically-reproducible, and durable for a wide range of purposes, like automotive or appliance production.
What Your Manufacturing Needs Are
Understanding the basics of hot and cold processing can give you a rough idea of where to start for your industrial needs. If you're manufacturing a component that does not require high fidelity in composition and can be used under a limited range of conditions, hot-pressed products may be more appropriate for your production. Examples of hot-pressed products would be in rail or infrastructural needs, where a cost-effective and rugged steel composition is more advantageous than choosing one that's more refined. But if you require steel that will be consistently strong and uniform in appearance, as well as more durable under a wide range of temperature and conditional requirements, choosing to use the more expensive cold rolled steel is key to successful manufacturing of your next part.