Fully welded die shoe made of hot rolled steel plate

Steel Plate Fabrication

Many industrial grade projects can reap the benefits of hot rolled steel plate to meet their demands for strength, durability, and a solid foundation. Hot rolled plate can speed up your project that is getting bogged down by long lines for casting and styro design at foundries, as well as keep your costs down when a cast product is overkill for your application. Please reference below to see how we can use our hot rolled plate products and services to fulfill your project.


Flame Cut Steel Plate

Using CAD / CAM plasma and oxy-fuel cutting machines, we burn steel plate to shape from raw plate. With four (4) tables, we can cut plate up to 10' x 40' x 13".  Also, we stock multiple thicknesses of hot rolled A-36, A-572 (grades 50 and 80), 1020, 1045, mild steel and 4140 steel plate on-site.   We can also order to fit your application and do our own annealing, all of which enables us to provide fast delivery and low prices.


  • Earth moving and construction equipment
  • Alternative energy structures and components
  • Oil rigs and platforms
  • Military and defense projects
  • Die sets and kits for sheet metal stamping dies
  • Concept, prototype and private use pieces
  • Other miscellaneous, industrial grade applications

In the distance, steel plates are being delivered as the burn tables are busily cutting away.A close-up view of a steel plate parallel being cut on a burn table.A magnetic lift crane removes a flame cut steel parallel from the burning table.Several tons of flame cut steel plate pieces being staged for further processing and machining.


Blanchard Grinding and Machining

After burning, we machine, plane, drill and tap the raw steel shapes into functional pieces with grinding and machining.

Along with standard CNC milling and machining, we can improve the raw steel’s flatness and parallelism with our Blanchard Grinders. Our grinders are capable of grinding up to 128" diagonally and we have five (5) machines on-site to grind plate to customer specified thicknesses.

On the electromagnetic chuck of one of five Blanchard grinders, several steel parallels are being ground simultaneously.The largest of the Blanchard grinders can grind up to 128 in. diagonally.A fully fabricated and machined die shoe, with tapped holes, is ready for details and components.


Welding and Fabricating

Over the years, we have had thousands of successful weld and fabrication applications.  To improve accuracy, we use our Arc Writer during the burning process to plot out the exact position for details from the CAD data before we weld with sub-merged Arc or MIG.

Using our heat treating / stress relieving oven, we can preheat steel before the weld process. This allows the weld to penetrate deep into the product and not be shocked by the ambient temperature of cold steel, resulting in a slower set for a stronger weld.

Adding more value to die tooling makers, we build nitro plates and plumb plates to accompany its die shoes.A fully welded dies shoe, ready for stress relieving.A welder putting the parallels on to a die shoe plate.


Steel Stress Relieving, Annealing and Media Blasting

Once our assemblies are welded, we can properly heat treat and anneal the steel and weldments with our in-house oven. Capable of handling pieces 8' x 10' x 24', and temperatures up to 1,500°F, we can also use our oven to preheat steel before welding for more durable applications.

After stress relieving and annealing, we can also treat steel plate products with our media shot blasting booth. Clearing away sediment and slag, the media blast treatment will leave the piece with a clean surface that is suitable for painting and further processing.

Freshly blasted, this welded die shoe waits in the blasting booth before moving on to be milled, bored and tapped.Stress relieving can cause the surface of steel to become flaky.  Media blasing will clean off the scales and flakes and prepare the surfaces for final machining and painting.Here is the same piece after a visit to the media blast booth.  Clear of flakes, the part is now ready for final milling, boring and tapping.The in-house oven can stress relieve large steel weldments and pieces up 8ft. x 10ft. x 24ft.

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