From Bicycle Bearings to Brake Wheels: Xtek TSP Heat Treating Technology

TSP Heat Treating TechnologyOne of the leading differentiators that puts Xtek ahead of competitors is our Tool Steel Process (TSP). When it comes to wear resistance in heavy-duty applications, the Xtek TSP has become the leading solution for increasing steel hardness and extending part life. By fortifying the most highly stressed surface areas of components, the Xtek TSP extends the life of critical components including coupling gearing, roll end casings, coupling thrust components, replacement gearing, brake wheels, sheave wheels, and rope drums.

Heavily loaded industrial components fail for a number of reasons including wear, pitting, spalling, and breakage as a result of metal fatigue. While some component failures result from system failure or neglect, most are effected by the surface hardness and microstructure of the component. The heat treating technology used in the manufacture of the component is considered to be the most impactful of all manufacturing properties when it comes to hardness, strength, and service life. Read more …

Job Fair! Machinists and Machinist Trainees

Xtek, Inc., a manufacturer of custom engineered steel component parts for heavy industry, is seeking candidates with the potential to become part of our night shift team of highly skilled machinists. Xtek is an employee-owned company and our approach to work and our company is unique to our attitude of being employee owners. Working at Xtek provides you with a sense of teamwork, accomplishment and financial opportunity.

Because of continued growth in our business, we have second shift openings for highly skilled machinists and individuals who are seeking to learn to operate machine tools. Read more …

Xtek Wheel Delivery Breakthroughs

track wheelXtek has staked its place as a leading industrial wheel product innovator. Our history of solving tough problems began in the early 20th century with the development of a steel hardening method, which would ultimately become known as the Tool Steel Process (TSP). Since that first innovation, we have continued to refine and apply our design, metallurgical, and heat-treatment techniques in the development of wheel products for a wide range of industries.

Xtek delivers a variety of heavy-duty, industrial wheel products known to meet and often exceed original manufacturer specifications:

  • Crane Wheels and Track Wheels – Contour case hardened crane and track wheels have a superior safety record throughout all heavy duty industrial applications
  • Tyres and Rollers – Contour case hardened tyres and guide rollers are known worldwide for superior durability and reliability
  • Sheave Wheels – TSP carburized and hardened sheave wheels are engineered to safely lift the most demanding heavy loads
  • Brake Wheels – Xtek Steel Safe™ brake wheels are mechanically engineered to provide safe operation in the harshest environments

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Happy Holidays to our Customers and Partners Worldwide

Happy HolidaysThis is the season for celebration, and also a time to reflect on the past year with appreciation and gratitude. At Xtek, we know that our success is due to our many loyal customers and business partners.  Now seems like the perfect time to say a word of thanks.

Success in business is about so much more than the bottom line. It is also about building trusted relationships and forging solid partnerships. While we appreciate the business our customers have given us, we also truly appreciate the friendships and bonds we have formed with so many of you. Strengthening and growing our business is important, but there is also enormous satisfaction in knowing we are working together with some of the most hard-working and respected businesses around to keep our industry strong and thriving. Read more …

Press Release: Xtek Acquires Precision Machine, Inc. and Precision Maintenance, Inc.

November 30, 2017– Xtek, Inc. announced the acquisition of Precision Machine Inc. and Precision Maintenance, Inc., both located in Paducah, Kentucky.

Precision Machine, Inc., a 100% employee-owned company since 2012 and originally founded by Buel Alexander & Randy Warmath over 30 years ago, is a leader in machining, fabrication, repair, field maintenance and alignment services for the steel, paper, and chemical industries. PMI employs over 80 people, mainly consisting of highly skilled mechanics, welders and machinists. Precision Maintenance, Inc., privately owned by Alexander and Warmath, was also purchased by Xtek, Inc. as part of the acquisition. Read more …

High Strength Steel and Its Effect on Power Transmission Equipment

high strength steelToday’s steel mills are faced with a new challenge – supplying the need for high strength steel. High strength steel is a new generation of steel which is in great demand, particularly by manufacturers in the automotive industry. The characteristics of high strength steel make it more difficult to produce using conventional rolling processes. Before transitioning to supply the new demand for high strength steel, it is important for steel mill operators to consider its effect on power transmission equipment. It is essential for steel mills to make the upgrades necessary to supply high strength steel, so as to mitigate the risk of equipment failure. Read more …

Steel Mill Jobs – A Hardworking History and a Lasting Legacy

Steel millThe steel making process is perhaps the most dramatic and amazing industrial process mankind has ever developed. From the initial explosions required to release iron ore from the earth to the fiery, scorching steps that happen in the steel mill, the jobs involved in this process have traditionally been challenging and demanding. Thanks to advances in technology, the steel making process looks much different today than it did just a decade or so ago. Many of the rigorous jobs that were once performed by intrepid steel mill workers have been replaced by automated processes. In this month’s post, we are going to take a look at some of the toughest jobs that were once performed in the steel mill. Read more …

A Holistic Approach to Steel Mill Drivetrains

Steel Mill DrivetrainsA steel industry rolling mill is a complex organism. OK…maybe it’s not an organism in the strictest sense of the word, but it is complex and it acts like it has a mind of its own. All of the moving parts from the motor through the main drive gearbox, the pinion stand through the gear couplings, and then finally to the roll stand must all work in complete unison. If any one of them acts up, it affects everything else including the product. And if that weren’t enough, most of the mill stands in existence were built decades ago and the demand for thinner, stronger material can push them beyond their capability. Read more …

The Effect of Gear Coupling Quality on Steel Production

Gear CouplingThe gear couplings you use in your steel production process are critical.  These highly engineered assemblies should be customized to exceed the requirements of your steel mill application. The reliability of your gear couplings has a direct impact on your productivity and ultimately your profitability.

The questions we hear most often about gear couplings are about service life and maintenance costs. These are important considerations that will have an impact on how well your steel production processes run. Read more …

Xtek Presents…Steel Mills Go to the Movies

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Scene from Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Image courtesy of www.imdb.com.

We think the sights, sounds, and overall atmosphere of a steel mill are pretty cool. But that would not be surprising, since we are an industry-leading manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial custom machined and heat-treated parts and component assemblies. What might not be so widely known is that we are apparently not alone in our admiration of the industrial steel scene. Did you know that steel mills have been the location of choice for scenes for several popular movies? The following are a few famous films that have capitalized on the special effect of an industrial steel mill as a movie setting. (Information is courtesy of movie-locations.com.) Read more …