The investments include an open-die in-line forge press at the Faircrest Steel Plant in Canton, Ohio, and an intermediate finishing line and a second induction thermal treatment line at the Gambrinus Steel Plant, also in Canton.

The 3,300-ton forge press makes engineered steel bars using a large-bar forged-rolled process, which Timken developed and installed to improve the centre soundness of a larger cross-section of Timken bar quality steel. The new forging capabilities reinforce the company's position as a premier provider of sound-center large bars of up to 16 inches in diameter.
"The forge press opens new market spaces for customers and Timken, providing particular value where performance in extreme operating conditions is of critical importance," said Rich Kyle, group president for the company. "Adding this forging step prior to rolling further improves bar soundness."
The new intermediate finishing line increases operational efficiencies by incorporating new technologies and employing leaner processes, eliminating product touches and material movements. The line advances testing quality, reduces processing times and incorporates an environmentally friendly water jet descaling spray system that replaces the former pickling process.
The second induction thermal treatment line adds about 40,000 tons of normalized thermal-treat capacity.  Used in conjunction with current thermal-treat assets, the line helps increase quench and temper capacity by 20,000 tons per year.
Construction continues on schedule at the Faircrest Steel Plant for two other significant investment projects. A second ladle refining station will begin production in the second quarter of 2013, and a vertical jumbo bloom continuous caster is slated to be operational the second half of 2014.
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