Known as intermediate castings produced in metal casting companies; these semi-finished products need further processing before being ready for usage. Imperial Group provides five products: billets, slabs, blooms, zing and lead ingots.
Known to have different stages in the production process, steel billets are the outcome of the second stage.
A billet is a long metal that has a round or square cross-section, with an area less than 36 square inches. Billets are indirectly created via hot rolling or directly via molding from an ingot or strand cast.
Due to their length, they are used for most long steel products such as bars, rods, pipes, tubes, wire and wire products.
Indirectly created via hot rolling or directly via molding from an ingot or strand cast, a slab is a long metal that has a rectangular cross-section.
Following its initial shape, the slab is usually processed via flat rolling and pipe rolling.
It is commonly used in products known for needing flat steel such as sheet metal, plates, strip metal, pipes and tubes.
Like all semi-finished products, blooms are hot-rolled or forged from an ingot or strand cast with a square cross-section.
Its common usage is for the manufacturing of ‘long’ products such as structural shapes, building beams, rails and columns.
Better described as a bluish-white metal with an acknowledged density 7.14 g/cc and a melting point of 419 degC.
Its main applications stem from its resistance to atmospheric corrosion and sacrificial tendency.