StelCrete placed a Tiger on the floor of its Fort Erie facility in the summer of 2010 to produce draw wire. The machine was operational by October.
The drawing process consists of taking hot rolled wire of varying sizes and drawing it through a series of dies which reduces the diameter of the wire and significantly increases the tensile strength. This process is conducted without external heat sources and therefore the finished product is known as cold drawn wire.
There are two types of finished wire produced. One is designated as W for smooth finish and the other D for deformed finish. The D finish is achieved by using dies that put deformations in the finished wire which increases its adherence to concrete. StelCrete’s Tiger allows the company to draw up to W/D 10 in finished diameter.The product produced conforms to all applicable ASTM and CSA standards for use in reinforced concrete.
StelCrete’s innovative processes allow for full traceability of material used, and independent testing resulting in complete transparency and worry-free products.
Stelcrete invested in this product line in response to clients’ needs and a desire for more options and flexibility from Stelcrete. It is a good fit in Stelcrete’s product offering and enhances the company’s goal to continually add value to its products and services.
The Tiger is fully automated and can be operated by one person. It is produced by REX machinery and Steel LLC of Charlevoix, MI.