SMS Meer (Germany) received an order from The Timken Company (Canton, Ohio) for the expansion of its existing bar mill at the Harrison Steel Mill. The objectives are to extend the product size range, increase mill capacity and improve product quality. The expansion comprises a three-roll Precision Sizing Block (PSM® - Precision Sizing Mill) and a new bar finishing end with cooling bed, cutting units and loading facilities. Commissioning is scheduled for mid-2008.

Following the expansion, production of SBQ bars from 25-170 mm round will be possible, with sizes up to 127 mm produced through the new equipment. The PSM® will be installed downline of the existing rolling mill, allowing smaller sizes to be produced and close rolling tolerances to be achieved. SMS Meer’s scope of supply also includes a combined rotary/two-crank shear for cutting the bars to cooling bed lengths, a rake-type cooling bed with braking slide delivery system as well as finishing and loading facilities.