Applications in Steel and Aluminum Rolling Mills

Ryertex composites have been used in steel mills for decades and many 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 mills 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 from 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 shop in both hot and cold rolling mills, 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 can easily replace urethane rolls and are safer to change as nylon rolls do not require steel cores.  Also, they provide quieter operation and longer wear life without the need for lubrication. All rolls are test-run for free-idling before shipment. WS Hampshire supplies complete spindles and couplings, and all parts are designed to absorb the wear which is caused by torque load, rotation, and misalignment. Fabricated cast nylon spindle slippers offer long service life and reduced wear to your coupler. They are lightweight for easy installation and a typical  slipper for a strip mill coupling weighs only 16-1/2 Ibs. Their high modulus of elasticity also dampens noise and vibration. Metal 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 Unlubricated
  • Light Weight for Easy Handling and Installation
  • Longer Part Life
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Equipment Downtime
  • Lower Cost In Use
  • Elimination of Corrosion
  • Reduced Wear on Mating Parts
  • Fast Turnaround Time


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