There are several solutions to the challenges of shipping curved steel sections. The challenges include safe loading of the trucks, ensuring timely delivery, and keeping costs low.
There is a large range of sizes of curved steel: from eight-inch diameter angle flanges to W44 x 290# wide flange beams 100ft long. The former can be shipped by . . . → Read More: Ways to Reduce the Cost of Shipping Curved Steel Sections
Those of us who work with steel should always strive to eliminate waste in our operations. Some call this approach “lean manufacturing” or “just in time manufacturing.” Whatever you call it, it can contribute to your productivity.
Sometimes we don’t pay enough attention to how we receive steel in our plant. We might be focusing too much . . . → Read More: Best Practices in Shipping and Receiving Structural Steel
With the increased use of curved steel members in construction and equipment, questions arise as to how to ship large steel loads.
The maximum sizes for non-permitted loads (those where special trucking permits are not required) are as follows: 52′ long (624″); 8′ 6″ wide (102″) and 13′ 6″ high. Curved steel members are often at least . . . → Read More: Shipping Curved Steel Members: Permitted and Non-Permitted Loads
Shipping steel members either straight or curved often requires packaging. With certain original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) special reusable containers are designed to hold a certain number of parts securely. Some are part of a kanban system common to companies using lean manufacturing. The containers can also be used as a counting device: fill it up and you . . . → Read More: Packaging for Shipping Curved Steel Members
One aspect to consider regarding structural beam bending is how large loads will be shipped. Various states set criteria for the maximum height, width and weight that can be shipped by truck. In Illinois, for example, typical restrictions for a flat bed truck are a maximum of 13 ft. 2in. high, 102 inches wide and weighing . . . → Read More: Structural Beam Bending: Shipping Large Loads
Once structural beam bending is completed, challenges arise regarding how to ship what can be very long and very heavy loads. Major steel mills like Nucor Yamato and SDI often employ pole trailers to ship their jumbo beams in lengths up to 105ft. and beyond.
A pole trailer is an unpowered dolly or rig towed behind a . . . → Read More: Structural Beam Bending: How to Ship Long, Heavy Loads
Curved steel is found in architecture, OEM component parts, fittings for mechanical contractors, and even in art. Part of the overall price of the product is the shipping cost.
There are several tactics to minimize the freight expenses involved:
• Combine shipments of curved steel going to a given region;
• Ship by rail;
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Rolling plates, that are 30 to 45ft long, will produce challenges not only for the steel plate rolling itself but also for shipping the material. Depending on the diameter and the thickness of the material, as the plate passes through the forming rollers it will – if not supported properly—under the force of gravity . . . → Read More: Steel Plate Rolling: Forming and Shipping Long Plate
Curved steel requires much the same handling and transportation needs as straight steel. However, there are a couple of specific shipping issues that are unique to curved steel. One issue that is unique to rolled structural steel is the varying space requirement. The radius, degree of the pitch (for a circular stair stringer), and . . . → Read More: What Special Handling and Transportation Requirements Should Be Associated With Curved Steel?