A £1 million laser measurement system is now up and running at British Steel’s Special Profiles business in Skinningrove.

The new system, which provides millions of dimensional readings on every bar rolled, will ensure products are made to world-leading dimensional tolerances.

The mill at Skinningrove rolls profiles that are used in a wide range of demanding applications – such as track shoes, forklift masts and cutting-edge profiles.

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Special Profiles Customer Quality and Technical Manager Dominic Hill said: “Dimensional tolerances are critical for the vast majority of the applications we supply into. Our customers around the globe place huge importance on tight product control and we work closely with them to meet their needs.

“This world-class laser measurement system, which uses eight individual lasers, is a massive step forward. It provides us – and our customers – with reassurance. As the laser measures each bar every 10mm to 2 decimal places, we really will have an exceptional level of detail and therefore confidence in our product offering.”

The measurement system was supplied by Zumbach and tailored on site at Skinningrove to deliver a bespoke solution for the mill.

“We have a series of laser systems across the mill and this new one can provide dimensional checks for our products while the profiles are still hot," said Dominic.

“Understanding the readings and what they indicate for end product dimensions is no mean feat, it’s a complex task but it’s this level of intelligence that’s setting our products apart. This system is unique and we can now offer customers an unrivalled product range.”

This follows on from the recent announcement that British Steel has submitted a planning application for a £26 million upgrade to its Special Profiles business.

The plans, which include cut-to-length lines, product milling, machining and warehousing operations, would enable the company to make and process an extended range of value-added profiles for the forklift industry.


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