Steel Plates

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Steel plates vary in terms of their widths, thicknesses, chemical compositions and in other ways, but they are consistently valued for their strength and durability. Read More…

Steel Plates Steel plates are flat sheets of steel that are used in an extensive variety of applications across industry, commerce and in consumer products contexts.

Leading Manufacturers

Skokie, IL  |  847-966-3000

Block Steel Corp, ISO/TS 16949 Certified, specializes in aluminized steel and is the country’s largest aluminized steel distributor. We also stock Aluminized Stainless, Hot Dipped Galvanized, and distribute tubing. Block’s inventory averages 25,000 tons, which means we can fill almost all aluminized orders immediately.

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Block Steel Corp. $$$

Los Angeles, CA  |  323-723-8836

We were founded over 70 years ago and we have the experience necessary to provide quality aluminized steel products to our customers. We supply our products to customers around the globe creating optimized solutions for their unique needs. We are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and all of our products are of the highest quality. Find out more by contacting us today!

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Rolled Steel Products Corporation $$$

Rosemont, IL  |  847-952-9690

Founded in 1985, Randall Metals Corporation is an ISO9001.2000 registered steel service center specializing in the processing of tight-toleranced, high-quality, flat-rolled steel products. Industries served include the automotive, consumer and commercial industries. At Randall Metals, we listen to the voice of the customer and offer completive pricing for mutual benefit and growth.

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Randall Metals Corporation $$$

Cleveland, OH  |  800-321-5590

Our warehouses and handling equipment are designed to protect the quality and condition of the products we sell and process. Each facility is serviced by both overhead cranes and forklifts. For a complete list of our capabilities, call us or visit our website. We'd love to hear from you!

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Majestic Steel USA $$$

Cottleville, MO  |  636-447-5255

Leading the steel tube manufacturing industry, Louisiana Steel can deliver any size, shape or material of tubing you need. Specializing in hard to find sizes and precision manufacturing for oil and mining, we design, fabricate and treat stainless, aluminum, carbon and alloy steel piping with excellence!

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Louisiana Steel, Inc. $$$
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Steel plates are very commonly used in construction and engineering in the construction of buildings, heavy equipment, municipal utilities and other structures that must be built with very strong materials. After service centers prepare steel plates, they are purchased and used in the building, automotive, electronics, shipbuilding and aerospace industries, among many others.

Steel plates can be used in the construction of ship hulls, truck beds, bridges, freight liners, oil rigs, workbenches, shelving, freight elevators and many other kinds of buildings, vehicles and equipment. Because of their qualities of strength, durability and impact resistance, steel plates are used widely by defense contractors, law enforcement bodies and militaries for the protection of vehicles and buildings against explosions and ballistics. Steel plate armor remains and indispensable tool for protecting people from harm in many contexts.

Steel plates can be formed in a few ways. Hot rolling is among the most common steel plate shaping methods. Hot rolling processes are performed above the recrystallization temperature of the steel material. Recrystallization temperature is the temperature at which the structure of the material changes to the point where it loses its rigidity and becomes ductile. In other words, when enough heat is applied to steel, it can overcome its hardness and can be shaped easily.

The steel, once it reaches this temperature, is passed through a series of rollers, which squeeze the steel into a flat shape. This process gives the steel its shape, and it also determines, to a significant extent, the steel plate's qualities of strength and durability. Steel plates can also be cold rolled, which is very similar to hot rolling except for the fact that the steel in cold rolling processes is not heated.

This reduces the risk of oxidation and imparts compressive stress onto the material, which strengthens it. Hot rolling, though, produces few deformational stresses in the material than does cold rolling. Other plate forming services include plate sawing, heat treating, stress relieving, annealing, normalizing, flame cutting, special testing, milling, deburring, straightening and shot or sand blasting. Steel plates are often pickled in steel service centers, which is a treatment used to clean or remove impurities on steel by applying sulfuric or hydrochloric acid to the surface.

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