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    Our Plate Profiling Centre's unique combination of oxy-gas, high-definition plasma and laser steel plate profiling capabilities, combined with state-of-the-art flattening presses, machining centres, edge finishing and press brakes, provide an integrated offering you can rely on.

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      More about the Steelpark, the UK’s largest steel distribution and processing centre, and the only one to be supported by a domestic steel mill. Based in Wednesfield, West Midlands, the Steelpark has specialised in distribution and processing for 20 years. 

    • Supporting steelwork contractors in new markets.

      Gantries and fabricated structures are increasingly used for line electrification, information systems and signage schemes on road and rail projects.

      Kits of profile plate supplied by our Profile Centre save steelwork contractors both time and costs.

    • Increase profiling capability and capacity.

      As part of our commitment to meeting customers’ changing needs, we recently invested over £3m to ensure our profiling centre remains a centre of excellence for profiling steel plate, including the latest plasma profiling units and machining centres that extend both our capability and capacity.

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    Tata Steel

    Profiling Centre

    Steelpark Way

    Wednesfield, Wolverhampton

    WV11 3SQ

    T +44 (0) 1902 484040

    F +44 (0) 1902 484049

    Overview

     

    The Plate Profiling Centre is a centre of excellence for the profiling of steel plate. It is located at Steelpark near Wolverhampton, one of Europe’s largest steel service centres. The Plate Profiling Centre operates as part of a unique supply chain extending right back to the steel mill. Under a single roof, the centre offers:

    • the latest plate profiling technologies
    • comprehensive finishing facilities
    • access to the widest range of steel grades

    Increased capacity and capability

    After successfully serving the lifting and excavating sector from our former Cradley and Wombourne sites for more than 20 years, we have made a significant investment in the Plate Profiling Centre. Our investment - including installation of new high definition plasma profiling machines and machining centres – has resulted in:

    • increased capacity
    • extended processing capability
    • operational flexibility – to meet customers’ current and future needs
    • improved delivery service

    Customer benefits

    The Plate Profiling Centre delivers benefits to customers in a wide range of markets:

    • Lifting & Excavating. The centre is ideally configured for high-volume repeat part production for most machinery segments, including off-highway wheels. We have the capability to manage lean supply chains, providing kitting of parts ready for fabrication and just-in-time delivery.
    • Construction. Structural components can be readily handled from large-area profiling beds and associated handling systems, for one-off projects or general applications.
    • Energy & Power. Together with the Wind Tower Hub located at Scunthorpe, we are capable of profiling and handling the very largest of plates. To save you processing time and cost, we provide a wide choice of edge finishing as preparation for welding and further fabrication.
    • Transport. Rail and road schemes are making increasing use of gantries and other fabricated structures, for applications such as line electrification, information systems and signage. Our profiling capability and capacity allows contractors to concentrate on their core fabrication processes. By supplying components, we can save our customers time and cost - removing waste from the supply chain.
    • General Engineering. We can supply a multitude of parts for applications involving steel plate, from single-part prototypes to low-volume production runs.

     

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    Processing capability

     

    The Plate Profiling Centre provides a full-service capability to plate-consuming customers. The configuration of profiling and finishing operations under a single roof ensures the most appropriate and cost-effective process route is employed for each customer’s requirements.

     

    Plate Width, max (mm)

    Plate Length, max (mm)

    Plate Thickness, max (mm)

    Comments

    Oxy-Gas Profiling

    5700

    20000

    170

    Best suited to profiling thicker plates

    High-Definition Plasma Profiling

    5000

    20000

    55

    Outstanding capability from five machines capable of cutting ‘bolt-ready’ holes

    Laser Profiling

    2500

    8000

    20

    High precision cutting of lighter plate or sheet from two machines

    Flattening Press

     

     

    60

    Flattening down to 2mm / m deviation from three machines

    Machining Centres

    970

    2300

    170

    High precision finishing of profiled components from five machines

    Edge finishing

     

     

    150

    Detailed edge finishing from one slag grinder and five edge bevellers

    Press Brakes

    3600

    800

    30

    300t capacity press braking from two machines

    Designed to undertake primary plate processing for renewable energy applications, our Wind Tower Hub capability complements the Plate Profiling Centre.

     

    Plate Width, max (mm)

    Plate Length, max (mm)

    Plate Thickness, max (mm)

    Comments

    Oxy-Gas Profiling

    8500

    24000

    170

    Large size plate processing inc. direct edge bevelling,, from three machines

    Edge finishing

     

     

    60

    Off-line mechanical bevelling from nine machines

    Further processing can be undertaken either by Tata Steel, or with our partners, including shotblasting/priming and heat treatment.

     

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    Services

     

    The Plate Profiling Centre can provide a range of services – saving you time and cost. These include:

    • JIT. By supplying parts on a ‘just in time’ or Kanban basis we can greatly simplify customer supply chains - and help you limit the resources tied up in stock and floor space.
    • Kits. We can combine selections of parts into kits. This ensures the exact required parts are presented to a fabrication or assembly process - removing the need for you to sort and aggregate parts from stocks.
    • Design. When customers share their part specifications, we are able to interpret the design and tolerances to ensure the most appropriate processing routes and part nesting. It means you benefit from the most efficient use of material and processing time. Utilising our economy of scale and scope can ensure customers receive the most efficient processing service.

     

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    Supporting activities

     

    Tata Steel is the leading steel processor and distributor in the UK and Ireland, giving customers access to:

    • A complete product offering. Tata Steel manufactures an extensive range of steel products, including plate, structural and hollow sections and strip products. We have the ability to supply whatever you need for your particular business.
    • Best-in-class processing facilities. Our service centres have benefited from significant investment, resulting in best-in-class facilities across an array of processing technologies. We offer: the latest plate profiling and machining centres; structural steels sawn to length and shotblasted/primed; high capability slitting, decoiling and blanking of strip products; latest automotive processing facilities including press blanking and tailor welded blanks.
    • In-depth industry knowledge. Tata Steel service centres serve more than 6,000 individual customers each year. Our extensive experience of steel products, processing and applications can be utilised to support the development of your business.

    The Plate Profiling Centre activities meet the CE mark requirements of BSEN1090-1.

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    Overview

    Overview

     

    The Plate Profiling Centre is a centre of excellence for the profiling of steel plate. It is located at Steelpark near Wolverhampton, one of Europe’s largest steel service centres. The Plate Profiling Centre operates as part of a unique supply chain extending right back to the steel mill. Under a single roof, the centre offers:

    • the latest plate profiling technologies
    • comprehensive finishing facilities
    • access to the widest range of steel grades

    Increased capacity and capability

    After successfully serving the lifting and excavating sector from our former Cradley and Wombourne sites for more than 20 years, we have made a significant investment in the Plate Profiling Centre. Our investment - including installation of new high definition plasma profiling machines and machining centres – has resulted in:

    • increased capacity
    • extended processing capability
    • operational flexibility – to meet customers’ current and future needs
    • improved delivery service

    Customer benefits

    The Plate Profiling Centre delivers benefits to customers in a wide range of markets:

    • Lifting & Excavating. The centre is ideally configured for high-volume repeat part production for most machinery segments, including off-highway wheels. We have the capability to manage lean supply chains, providing kitting of parts ready for fabrication and just-in-time delivery.
    • Construction. Structural components can be readily handled from large-area profiling beds and associated handling systems, for one-off projects or general applications.
    • Energy & Power. Together with the Wind Tower Hub located at Scunthorpe, we are capable of profiling and handling the very largest of plates. To save you processing time and cost, we provide a wide choice of edge finishing as preparation for welding and further fabrication.
    • Transport. Rail and road schemes are making increasing use of gantries and other fabricated structures, for applications such as line electrification, information systems and signage. Our profiling capability and capacity allows contractors to concentrate on their core fabrication processes. By supplying components, we can save our customers time and cost - removing waste from the supply chain.
    • General Engineering. We can supply a multitude of parts for applications involving steel plate, from single-part prototypes to low-volume production runs.

     

    back to top

    Processing capability

    Processing capability

     

    The Plate Profiling Centre provides a full-service capability to plate-consuming customers. The configuration of profiling and finishing operations under a single roof ensures the most appropriate and cost-effective process route is employed for each customer’s requirements.

     

    Plate Width, max (mm)

    Plate Length, max (mm)

    Plate Thickness, max (mm)

    Comments

    Oxy-Gas Profiling

    5700

    20000

    170

    Best suited to profiling thicker plates

    High-Definition Plasma Profiling

    5000

    20000

    55

    Outstanding capability from five machines capable of cutting ‘bolt-ready’ holes

    Laser Profiling

    2500

    8000

    20

    High precision cutting of lighter plate or sheet from two machines

    Flattening Press

     

     

    60

    Flattening down to 2mm / m deviation from three machines

    Machining Centres

    970

    2300

    170

    High precision finishing of profiled components from five machines

    Edge finishing

     

     

    150

    Detailed edge finishing from one slag grinder and five edge bevellers

    Press Brakes

    3600

    800

    30

    300t capacity press braking from two machines

    Designed to undertake primary plate processing for renewable energy applications, our Wind Tower Hub capability complements the Plate Profiling Centre.

     

    Plate Width, max (mm)

    Plate Length, max (mm)

    Plate Thickness, max (mm)

    Comments

    Oxy-Gas Profiling

    8500

    24000

    170

    Large size plate processing inc. direct edge bevelling,, from three machines

    Edge finishing

     

     

    60

    Off-line mechanical bevelling from nine machines

    Further processing can be undertaken either by Tata Steel, or with our partners, including shotblasting/priming and heat treatment.

     

    back to top

     

    Services

    Services

     

    The Plate Profiling Centre can provide a range of services – saving you time and cost. These include:

    • JIT. By supplying parts on a ‘just in time’ or Kanban basis we can greatly simplify customer supply chains - and help you limit the resources tied up in stock and floor space.
    • Kits. We can combine selections of parts into kits. This ensures the exact required parts are presented to a fabrication or assembly process - removing the need for you to sort and aggregate parts from stocks.
    • Design. When customers share their part specifications, we are able to interpret the design and tolerances to ensure the most appropriate processing routes and part nesting. It means you benefit from the most efficient use of material and processing time. Utilising our economy of scale and scope can ensure customers receive the most efficient processing service.

     

    back to top

    Supporting activities

    Supporting activities

     

    Tata Steel is the leading steel processor and distributor in the UK and Ireland, giving customers access to:

    • A complete product offering. Tata Steel manufactures an extensive range of steel products, including plate, structural and hollow sections and strip products. We have the ability to supply whatever you need for your particular business.
    • Best-in-class processing facilities. Our service centres have benefited from significant investment, resulting in best-in-class facilities across an array of processing technologies. We offer: the latest plate profiling and machining centres; structural steels sawn to length and shotblasted/primed; high capability slitting, decoiling and blanking of strip products; latest automotive processing facilities including press blanking and tailor welded blanks.
    • In-depth industry knowledge. Tata Steel service centres serve more than 6,000 individual customers each year. Our extensive experience of steel products, processing and applications can be utilised to support the development of your business.

    The Plate Profiling Centre activities meet the CE mark requirements of BSEN1090-1.

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