Applications in Steel and Aluminum Rolling Mills

Ryertex & Timco Technical Plastics are commonly used throughout steel & aluminum rolling mills to replace brass, bronze, steel and other composites in applications where water, temperature, weight and/or lubrication concerns are present.  These materials are tough, durable, versatile, and most importantly, will never cause surface quality issues by marking the steel.

Ryertex composites have been used in steel mills for decades and certain grades have been developed specifically for the industry. In hot strip mills, Ryertex stripper & wipers provide the sealing necessary to protect expensive work rolls and require fewer change outs than OEM spec’d material grades.  This means reductions in operating cost and precious labor hours!  Finishing lines benefit by lining carry over tables with Ryertex to protect both their equipment and the finished sheet, thus avoiding quality issues and equipment replacement costs.  Old school bar and plate mills use Ryertex fiber bearings that have been specially designed to manage high shock loads and wear at slower rates.  In these environments, Ryertex is commonly used to replace brass, bronze, or steel for problematic applications that see high load/temperature/impact or are difficult to lubricate. 

Timco technical plastics can be found in the roll shops and in finishing operations where bumpers, pads, and/or guides are needed to protect both equipment and product. Plastics offer lightweight handling and installation, long part life and reduced maintenance requirements in many applications. Table and gate rolls with cast nylon roll bodies wear at a slower rate than urethane rolls and are safer to change as nylon rolls do not require heavy steel cores.  And to support your cost reduction and sustainability programs, we can rebuild your worn nylon rolls which eliminates about half the cost of replacement rolls and keeps used rolls from entering the scrap piles.   WS Hampshire supplies cast nylon spindle slippers to replace the heavy bronze that many mills are accustomed to.  Fabricated cast nylon spindle slippers offer long service life and will not wear mating parts within your coupling. They are lightweight for easy installation and a typical  slipper for a strip mill coupling weighs less than 20 pounds. Their high modulus of elasticity also dampens noise and vibration.  Steel and bronze chock liners are frequently replaced with self-lubricating nylon. Traditional steel thrust collars and drive dogs are commonly replaced with nylon to increase safety and reduce wear and tear on the maintenance team.  Nylon mandrel covers are commonly used by coil processors to protect the steel and allow the mill to work with coils with different ID’s.


Our Plastic Parts Offer:

  • Reduced Noise
  • Vibration Dampening
  • Ability to Run Without Lubrication
  • Light Weight for Safe Handling and Installation
  • Longer Part Life
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Downtime
  • Lower Cost In Use
  • Elimination of Corrosion
  • Reduced Wear on Mating Parts
  • Fast Turnaround Time


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