JSE-listed steel processor and supplier, BSi Steel, plans to significantly improve the slitting capabilities of the company's Shearcut division, following a R15-million investment in a precision slitting line, imported from South Korea.
(Seen here: Coil slitting currently up to 3,0 mm with precision shimless tooling.)
BSi Steel Shearcut director Jerry Govender points out that the new machine is a mechanically robust line, capable of slitting and recoiling full diameter 25 t coils. The machine is expected to be fully commissioned by January 2012. "A growing number of end users purchase full diameter slit coils to reduce downstream change over times, and scrap losses typically associated with smaller diameter slits," he explains. "By introducing this second slitting line to the Shearcut division, BSi Steel positions itself and its customers with a competitive advantage, in terms of improved turnaround times and output capabilities."
BSi Steel's Shearcut division was established in 2006. The division currently has a slitting capacity of 3 000 t/month, and is capable of slitting coils between 0,4 mm to 3,0 mm. Govender points out that the introduction of the new machine will enable the division to increase capacity by well over 4 000 t/month and increasing its slitting thickness capabilities to 6,0 mm.