Plate Processing

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Plate Processing Process


Kloeckner offers thorough plate processing capabilities in our branches throughout North America. Our commitment to serving customers at the highest levels means we’re dedicated to providing the widest range of standard and custom products available. Because we process products precisely to customer specification in addition to stocking a full assortment of standard product, our customers routinely have their entire supply chains invoiced through us. Still not satisfied, we also offer sophisticated logistics services, total inventory management, and expert consultation throughout.

Products That Undergo Plate Processing

Special Plate Processing Equipment

Branches Featuring Plate Processing

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is plate processing?


    Plate processing typically refers to the various techniques and procedures involved in the fabrication, modification, or treatment of steel plates. They are commonly used in industries such as construction, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, and more.

    Plate processing may involve several steps, and some of the common processes include:

    1. Cutting: This involves the separation of metal plates into desired shapes and sizes using various cutting methods. Common cutting techniques include shearing, laser cutting, plasma cutting, waterjet cutting, and oxy-fuel cutting.
    2. Bending and Forming: Metal plates can be bent or formed into specific shapes using press brakes or rolling machines. This process is crucial for creating parts with curved or angled surfaces.
    3. Welding: Welding is the process of joining metal plates together using heat or pressure. It is essential for creating large structures or assemblies from multiple smaller plates.
    4. Machining: Plate processing may also involve machining operations such as drilling, milling, and turning to achieve precise dimensions and smooth surfaces.
    5. Surface Treatment: Surface treatments are applied to metal plates to enhance their properties, protect them from corrosion, or improve their appearance. Common surface treatments include painting, powder coating, galvanizing, and anodizing.
    6. Heat Treatment: In certain cases, metal plates may undergo heat treatment to alter their mechanical properties, such as hardness, toughness, or ductility.
    7. Cutting-edge technologies: Some advanced plate processing techniques may include computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to optimize designs and automate manufacturing processes.

    Plate processing is an integral part of the metalworking industry and plays a significant role in creating a wide range of products, from simple metal sheets to complex structures used in various applications. The processes used may vary depending on the specific requirements and the type of metal being processed.

  • What is the difference between thermal and plasma cutting?


    Thermal cutting and plasma cutting are two common methods used to cut metal, but they differ in the way they generate heat to melt and cut through the metal.

    Thermal cutting is a general term that refers to any process that uses heat to cut through metal. The most common types of thermal cutting are oxy-fuel cutting and laser cutting. In oxy-fuel cutting, a mixture of fuel gas and oxygen is used to create a flame that melts the metal and a jet of high-pressure oxygen is used to blow away the molten metal, resulting in a cut. In laser cutting, a high-energy laser beam is used to melt and cut through the metal.

    Plasma cutting, on the other hand, is a specific type of thermal cutting that uses a plasma arc to melt and cut through metal. The plasma arc is generated by passing a gas through a constricted opening and then adding an electrical current to ionize the gas, which creates a plasma that can melt and cut through metal.

    The main difference between thermal cutting and plasma cutting is the way the heat is generated. In thermal cutting, heat is generated either by combustion (in the case of oxy-fuel cutting) or by the laser beam. In plasma cutting, heat is generated by the plasma arc. Plasma cutting is typically faster and more precise than oxy-fuel cutting, and it can be used on a wider range of materials, including non-ferrous metals such as aluminum.

    In summary, while both thermal cutting and plasma cutting are plate processing services used to cut metal, plasma cutting is a specific type of thermal cutting that uses a plasma arc to generate heat and is typically faster and more precise than oxy-fuel cutting.

  • What thermal cutting technique is best for heavy steel plate?


    When it comes to heavy steel plate cutting, the most suitable thermal cutting technique is usually oxy-fuel cutting. This is because oxy-fuel cutting is a highly efficient cutting process that can cut through thick steel plates quickly and with high precision.

    In oxy-fuel cutting, a mixture of fuel gas and oxygen is used to create a flame that heats the metal to its ignition point, causing it to melt and be blown away by a jet of high-pressure oxygen. The process can be used to cut through steel plates up to several feet thick, making it an ideal choice for heavy steel plate cutting.

    One of the advantages of oxy-fuel cutting is that it is a relatively low-cost cutting method compared to other thermal cutting techniques, such as laser cutting. Additionally, oxy-fuel cutting can be used in a wide range of applications, including metal fabrication, shipbuilding, and construction.

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