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  • Steelpark Auto - Tailor Welded Blanking Line (TWBL)

    We have recently installed our latest investment at the Steelpark Automotive Centre – a new Tailor Welded Blanking Line (TWBL). One of only a few in the world, the line will treble the amount of parts we can produce for automotive customers across the UK and Europe. It is our second TWB line at the site and is part of our long term strategic aim to be the partner of choice for our customers.

     

    • New tailor welded blanks for automotive panels

      We’re always looking at ways to support our customers’ success.

      Our investment in the latest two-dimensional tailor welded blank processes at our UK automotive service centre enables customers to optimise blank design, reduce material use, minimise post-joining operations and cut overall tooling costs.

    • Steelpark factsheet

      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. 

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    Steelpark - Automotive Service Centre

    The Steelpark

    Steelpark Way

    Wednesfield, Wolverhampton

    WV11 3SQ

    T +44 (0) 1902 484040

    F +44 (0) 1902 484049

    Overview

     

    We have been producing TWB at our Wednesfield site since their initial development in the 1990’s with a further investment in 2014 increasing our capacity for 2-dimensional welded blanks.

    One of only a few in the world, our new high speed 1-dimensional line will treble the amount of parts we can produce for our automotive industry customers across the UK and Europe. It is our second TWB line for Tata Steel's Wednesfield site and is part of our long term strategic aim to be the partner of choice for our customers.

    TWB’s allow the use of the most appropriate steel grade in the right place and at the right thickness therefore optimising material use and minimising post-joining operations.

    Our TWB lines can join up to 5 individual shaped blanks of differing material grades and thickness, allowing panels to be optimised for weight and cost without compromise to performance offering our customers weight-saving opportunities and cost-reduction possibilities, including reducing overall tooling costs.

    Processing unit Width Thickness Length
      Min (mm) Max (mm) Min (mm) Max (mm)  
    Tailor welded blanks 400 3000 0.6 (Steel) 3 Blank lengths up to 3600mm
    0.9 (Aluminium)

     

    Following a £4million investment, our new line marks a step change in what we can provide for customers in the automotive industry.
    Take a look at the new TWBL video:

    Want to get closer to our new TWB facility? Find our 360 virtual reality tour here.
    (VR enabled, you can also view it with your Google cardboard headset)



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    Overview

    Overview

     

    We have been producing TWB at our Wednesfield site since their initial development in the 1990’s with a further investment in 2014 increasing our capacity for 2-dimensional welded blanks.

    One of only a few in the world, our new high speed 1-dimensional line will treble the amount of parts we can produce for our automotive industry customers across the UK and Europe. It is our second TWB line for Tata Steel's Wednesfield site and is part of our long term strategic aim to be the partner of choice for our customers.

    TWB’s allow the use of the most appropriate steel grade in the right place and at the right thickness therefore optimising material use and minimising post-joining operations.

    Our TWB lines can join up to 5 individual shaped blanks of differing material grades and thickness, allowing panels to be optimised for weight and cost without compromise to performance offering our customers weight-saving opportunities and cost-reduction possibilities, including reducing overall tooling costs.

    Processing unit Width Thickness Length
      Min (mm) Max (mm) Min (mm) Max (mm)  
    Tailor welded blanks 400 3000 0.6 (Steel) 3 Blank lengths up to 3600mm
    0.9 (Aluminium)

     

    Following a £4million investment, our new line marks a step change in what we can provide for customers in the automotive industry.
    Take a look at the new TWBL video:

    Want to get closer to our new TWB facility? Find our 360 virtual reality tour here.
    (VR enabled, you can also view it with your Google cardboard headset)



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