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.

After a busy year of diligent work and fruitful rewards, we just want to let all of our customers and partners worldwide know how much we appreciate them. We wish all of you a joyous holiday season and look forward to continuing our relationships with you in the coming year.

Look for our new website in early 2018 also!

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 …

No Drawings? No Problem with Reverse Engineering

reverse engineeringWhen part repair or replacement is necessary, a lack of drawings or the inability to find the original manufacturer can seem like an insurmountable problem. As you attempt to work out a solution, costly downtime can hold back your productivity and profitability. Fortunately, a skilled and experienced manufacturer of custom industrial components can fulfill your needs through reverse engineering.

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Industrial Gearbox Repair – Replacement May Not be Necessary

Industrial GearboxIndustrial gearbox problems can be costly. Gearbox issues are often a serious set-back in terms of down time simply due to replacement availability. A new gearbox generally takes several months to get from the OEM (if they are still in business). But did you know that in most cases, gearbox replacement is not required? Gearbox repair services can restore gearbox performance for substantially less than the cost of replacement. The right gearbox repair team can improve upon the OEM design, giving you a better than new gearbox.

Speed is an important advantage gained with gearbox repair over replacement. In many cases, gearbox repair can be done in less time than the time it takes to order a new box, getting you back to productivity and profitability sooner. Read more …

Xtek Corporate Brochure

XtekCorporateBroch-CoverIf You Haven’t Heard… Xtek Has a New Brochure!

The brochure highlights our technologies, capabilities, and the benefits our customers realize when utilizing our performance based products. Xtek products improve the system they are employed within, this has been the case since 1909 and will continue into the 21st century.

Click here to view our new Corporate brochure.

Xtek’s reach is global, with manufacturing and service facilities located in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Xtek technical sales personnel are located worldwide to support our customers. Read more …