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Mesta Memories #18 – Slabbing and Plate Mills



Today we’re looking at more types of rolling mills made by the Mesta Machine Company.

Slabbing mills are  basically a more specialized form of blooming mill. A slabbing mill is designed to take a hot steel ingot and roll it out into a slab that’s typically from 150mm to 400mm thick. The output of a slabbing mill is an intermediate step in the production of steel plate and is send on to a plate mill for further working and finishing.

There are two videos on steel rolling at the the end of the article.






Here is a couple of short videos on basic steel rolling:

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All images are from the 1919 edition of “Plant and product of the Mesta Machine Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania“.

Other articles in this series:

Mesta Memories #10 – Gas Blowing Engines

Regarding the Images in “Mesta Memories”

Mesta Memories #11 – Steam Blowing Engines

Mesta Memories #12 – Gas Power Engines

Mesta Memories #13 – Una-Flow Engines

Mesta Memories #14 – Corliss Engines

Mesta Memories #15 – Reversing Engines

Mesta Memories #16 – Air Compressors and Barometric Condensers

Mesta Memories #17 – Blooming Mills