How Steel Plates Are Made And Used

What is a steel plate? 

Generally steel plates are rectangular and flat in shape. They are used for a variety of structural applications. For more information on steel plate suppliers in South Africa, contact us today to find out how we can supply you with the quality products you need.

How are steel sheets made? 

Steel plates are made through the process of hot rolling or cold rolling. This is where steel slabs are heated up to a temperature where they become malleable. The hot malleable steel is then run through multiple rollers to get to a desired thickness. Cold rolled steel plates are essentially hot rolled steel that has been through further processing. Once the hot rolled steel has cooled, it is then re-rolled at room temperature to achieve more exact dimensions and better surface qualities. With better surface characteristics than hot rolled steel, it’s no surprise that cold rolled steel plates are often used for more technically precise applications, or where aesthetics are important.

What are steel plates used for?

Because of their simple nature, steel plates are used for a wide range of applications across multiple industries. NSSC, is known as a leading steel plate supplier in South Africa, we serve all industries by offering full steel sheets, oversized plates as well as plates with customised dimensions.

Construction: The most common and well known use of steel sheets is in the construction industry. In the construction industry steel plates can be used to strengthen the foundation of larger structures such as bridges. 

Military shielding: Military vehicles use steel plates to reinforce their exterior to prevent bullets from penetrating. Steel sheets are a cost effective and effective way of bulletproofing vehicles. 

Automobiles:Due to their qualities, steel plates are also found in many cars on the road today. Steel plates are essential in making sure cars hold their shape even at top speeds, and can even keep drivers and passengers safe in the event of accidents.

If you would like more information on steel plate suppliers in South Africa, National Stainless Steel Centre (NSSC) is one of the leading steel manufacturers. Through the use of our state-of-the-art processing machinery, experienced staff, TUV Standards and procedures, we provide quality products of international standards.