All flat-rolled coil steel is initially hot-rolled by passing a slab through a multi-stand hot rolling mill to produce a wide variety of thicknesses up to one inch thick. Modern state-of-the-art process control computers set up and monitor all the equipment necessary to roll and coil the steel to the customer's specifications.
Hot-rolled steel destined for the sheet market can be either shipped as a hot band or cleaned in an acid bath and sold as pickled band. Alloy products are also available. Hot-rolled products are used in non-critical surface applications such as:
- Automotive frames and wheels
- Construction products
- Off-highway equipment