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Supply Chain

FAST-TRACK® Steel Facility

TimkenSteel’s FAST-TRACK® tubing facility offers customers a variety of bearing steels in small quantities to meet immediate, small-volume requirements. Your minimum order for custom-cut product can be as small as $250. It will typically be ready for shipment within 48 hours from either our Ohio or North Carolina facilities.

 

With more than 600 sizes of steel products on hand, we can often ship the steel immediately. Additional cutting and machining are also available, as well as special bundling, packaging and palletizing.

 

Talk with one of our knowledgeable steel sales representatives for recommendations on heat-treating, machining parameters or other questions you may have. Count on us for a prompt reply regarding availability and ship date. We will quote per pound, per foot, per piece or per tube, depending on your need.

 

We currently offer six grades of our steel, although other steel grades and sizes may be available:


Grade Minimum
(inches)
Maximum
(inches)
Uses
52100 1.000 x 0.244 10.087 x 1.062 Bearings,
machine parts, tool steel
A485-1 3.337 x 0.759 11.251 x 1.222 Bearings,
machine parts, tool steel
A485-2 6.048 x 0.961 9.648 x 1.108 Bearings,
machine parts, tool steel
A485-3 3.900 x 0.888 11.250 x 1.501 Bearings
8620 1.526 x 0.162 10.750 x 2.500 Bearings,
machine parts, tool steel
4320 7.152 x 1.192 10.741 x 3.170 Bearings,
machine parts, tool steel

 

Standard tubes lengths are eight to 14 feet, depending on the tube diameter. Most products are hot rolled, except tubes smaller than 1.75" OD, which is cold finished. We stencil the tubes with the TimkenSteel brand name and the grade, quality, OD, wall and ID. All through hardened product is thermal treated to provide optimum machinability.

 

FAST-TRACK® Steel tubing has the following certifications:

 


ASTM A295 ASTM A485 ASTM A534 AMS 6440 AMS 2301
52100 X

X X
A485-1
X

X
A485-2
X

X
A485-3
X

X
8620

X
X
4320

X
X

JIT Program Management and Delivery

To support customers’ supply chain management efforts, we extend a variety of just-in-time (JIT) delivery strategies. We work with customers to develop defined programs that let us manage their general level of inventory and make routine deliveries to a schedule.


We also support customers with urgent deliveries of small steel quantities, whether it’s an entire bar or tube, cut blanks or finished steel components. These urgent orders typically ship the same day we receive them. As one of the leading suppliers of bearing quality steels in North America, we are one of the few able to provide this speed delivery.


In establishing a scheduled JIT program, we design custom inventory solutions that meet each customer’s requirements. We may stage our steel in our production or warehouse facilities, at customer-owned or leased facilities, or at a third-party warehouse.


We take the steel held in inventory for each customer to the appropriate physical condition – whole bars or tubes, cut to size, rough cut blanks or finished components. We are ready to support you with a customized JIT inventory system.

Supply Chain Engineering and Management

TimkenSteel engineers and process experts draw on the entire scope of our steelmaking capabilities, and our network of manufacturing and distribution partners, to develop supply chain solutions for our customers.


Whether it’s special warehousing or delivery for standard product, custom-cutting of long product or producing precision steel components, we are ready to customize a solution to meet your requirements.


Bring us your steel requirement and our application engineers, process engineers and sourcing experts will draw on nearly 100 years of steel expertise to create a solution that perfectly meshes with your production process.

Custom Component Cutting

We cut bars or tubes of steel – both our steel and customer-provided material – to create blanks that customers use as the raw material in their manufacturing processes. We identify or develop a cutting process appropriate to the material and volume, seeking always to achieve optimum material utilization with minimal kerf loss.