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Using the latest computer controlled saws, all of our steel stock can be cut to length whether batch quantities are required or just one off's.

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Comprehensive Stock Range

Comprehensive Stock Range

Our steel stockholding is comprehensive to enable fast turnaround on deliveries when required.

Profiling

Profiling

High quality steel blanks, rings and almost any steel shapes can be plasma cut up to 40mm thick and oxy-propane cut up to 180mm thick.

Sawing

Sawing

Using the latest computer controlled saws, all of our steel stock can be cut to length whether batch quantities are required or just one off's.

Machining

Machining

Using a vertical machining centre, we have the capability to offer a range of expert machining services including drilling, notching, tapping, counter sinking and more.

Delivery

Delivery

Our dedicated transport fleet ensures flexibility to deliver general steels, engineering steels, bright steels, plate, sheet, sectional steel, RHS, CHS and ERW tube when you need it.

latest news from pulmans

15th August 2017

A recipe for steel

Metal

Most people know the two main ingredients of steel – iron and carbon. These are the two ingredients that MUST be present for a material to be considered steel, but the steel we use today is often more complex than that.

The World Steel Association believes there to be over 3,500 different grades of steel being used today, and each one has a different chemical makeup. Steel generally contains a carbon content between 0.002% and 2.1%, and the precise carbon content along with that of other alloying metals can make a big difference in the resulting properties of the metal.

Carbon Steels are by far the most common, and are used for a wide range of applications – particularly in construction. They make up about 90% of steels being produced today, and can contain up to 2.1% carbon (although rarely more than 1%). The lower the carbon content, the more workable the steel is. As the carbon content rises, the steel becomes stronger but also becomes more difficult to form, more difficult to weld and also lowers the melting point.

Alloy steels use a range of different elements to change the properties of the metal. Using elements such as manganese, silicon, nickel, titanium, chromium, copper and aluminium to affect the steel’s hardness, strength, corrosion resistance, weldability, formability and ductility. These steels are normally used for automotive construction, power generation, electric motors and more.

Stainless steels contain around 10-20% chromium, which drastically increases the corrosion resistance. Stainless steels are broken up into three main groups – austenitic, ferritic and martensitic. Austenitic steels contain around 8% nickel, are non-magnetic, heat-treatable and are often used in food production applications. Ferritic steels contain elements such as molybdenum, titanium and aluminium. They can’t be heat-treated, but can be strengthened through cold-working processes. Martensitic steels have a relatively high carbon content of around 1.2%, which makes them suitable for use in knives, cutting tools and surgical equipment.

Tools steels are developed for high durability, heat resistance and durability – which make them perfect for cutting, drilling and other hard wearing applications. They generally contain elements such as vanadium, chromium, molybdenum, and tungsten in varying quantities.

Of course, these are just some of the common types of steel used today, but there are thousands out there, and as the needs of consumers change, new types of steel are developed. Steel is an exceptionally versatile material with seemingly endless uses and capabilities.

14th June 2017

The Amazing Recyclability of Steel

Recycling

One of the greatest things about steel is its recyclability. Steel is currently one of the most recyclable materials in the world, and with somewhere around 1.6 billion tonnes of steel being produced each year, the recyclability of this magnificent metal goes a long way to reducing our impact on the planet.

It is estimated that 600 million tonnes of steel is recycled every year, which not only cuts down drastically on the cost of producing steel, but it also reduces the amount of raw materials that are being harvested, refined and burned. Then there would be the issue of waste. Could you imagine if those 600 million tonnes of recyclable steel were to be simply piled into landfills each year?

Steel is 100% recyclable, so it can be recycled an infinite number of times. Currently, most steel products contain around 20% recycled material, so one fifth of the metal in your car or washing machine could have once belonged to something like an ocean liner or even parts from a space shuttle!

So next time you receive a shipment of steel from Pulmans, take a moment to think about how amazing it is that one fifth of your order had a former use – even if it was just an old paint tin, it’s still pretty impressive!

1st June 2017

Henry Bessemer's Early Life

Bessemer

Sir Henry Bessemer is the iconic inventor renowned for revolutionising the steelmaking industry by introducing the Bessemer Process, which gave steelmakers the ability to produce large, workable, slag-free ingots of steel by blowing oxygen through molten pig iron. However, Henry Bessemer was not a one-trick pony, and since we at Pulman Steel feel that we owe a debt of gratitude to this great steel pioneer, we would like to explore the lesser-known aspects of Sir Henry’s life.

The son of accomplished inventor and engineer, Anthony Bessemer, Sir Henry Bessemer was born on 19th January 1813 in Herefordshire, England. It is said that Henry showed great promise of inventive skills from a very young age as he assisted his father in his type foundry.

It wasn’t long before Bessemer began inventing useful objects including the first movable stamp, which was primarily used to stamp the date onto documents. He also was responsible for making improvements to the typesetting device commonly used at the time, and also creating a machine that produced graphite to be utilised in pencils.

Using the knowledge gained from his father’s type foundry, Bessemer was able to make an early name for himself by using perforated dyes to stamp dates on deeds – thus solving the growing problem of fraud the government was facing at the time.

Henry Bessemer’s first invention that propelled him into fame and fortune was a steam-powered machine that could produce bronze powder for use in gold paint at a cost far below the competition. This invention proved to be very profitable for Bessemer, allowing him to fund his passion for invention.

His next venture was into the sugar refining industry, as he obtained a number of patents for machinery to crush the raw sugar cane in a more efficient manner. Seeing little profits from these inventions, Bessemer’s attention was diverted by the Crimean War into artillery projectiles.

The artillery being used by the British army in the Crimean War were far from perfect, and so Henry Bessemer came up with a design for an improved artillery shell with an elongated, grooved profile. His designs, however, proved to be flawed due to the inherent weakness of the current guns, which were unable to withstand the force created by these projectiles.

This was to be the spark that drove Sir Henry Bessemer to revolutionise the steelmaking industry as he strove to find a stronger material to allow for his artillery shells. His solution was, of course, the Bessemer Process, which will be forever known as his greatest invention, and one that transformed the world as we know it.

15th May 2017

Some of the tallest, weirdest and most beautiful skyscrapers in the world

Skyscrapers

Steel has allowed mankind to reach the skies like never before, and since the first metal-framed tall building in the late 19th century, skyscrapers have grown to become more than just functional and efficient uses of land, but statements of prosperity, ingenuity and artistic expression.

As true fans of all things steel, we have compiled a short list of a few of the tallest, weirdest and more beautiful skyscrapers in the world today. This is by no means a complete list (as that would be a very long list!), but we feel that these buildings certainly deserve some recognition.

Evolution Tower – Russia
This 55 story spiralling monument towers a whopping 256 metres from the ground whilst rotating more than 150 degrees to give it a surreal, twisted appearance.

Burj Khalifa – UAE
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world today. Reaching 828m into the skies above Dubai, this building looks like something out of a science-fiction film. Its multiple towers make the Burj Khalifa look more like a stack of smaller skyscapers than one big one, which makes the building even more impressive against the stark desert backdrop.

Shanghai Tower – China
As the second tallest skyscraper in the world, the 632m tall Shangai Tower holds three Guinness World Records; one for the fastest lift which travels an insane 20.5 metres per second, another for the tallest elevator and another for the fastest double-deck elevator. The Shanghai Tower boasts more than just a fancy elevator, its 128 stories accommodates around 16,000 people each day and offers more than 4 million square feet of floor space.

Umeda Sky Building – Japan
The Umeda Sky Building is a building that looks more like shiny Lego than real life. Its twin towers, each reaching 40 storeys high, are connected at the top with what they call a “floating garden”. The shiny glass exterior makes it look strikingly different depending on the weather and the time of day, giving variety to the Osaka skyline.

Aqua – USA
The Aqua building in Chicago is a true work of art due to its balconies that jut out from the face of the building. Depending on how you interpret the curves of the Aqua, it may look like waves on the ocean, a landscape scattered with lakes, a sandy beach or something else entirely! Not matter how you interpret this beautiful building; it certainly looks more organic than your average skyscraper.

The Shard - UK
As the tallest building in the UK, The Shard stands 310m high in the heart of London, and due to it’s sharp, elegant design, The Shard resembles something like ice or crystal emerging from the River Thames. The Shard boasts impressive energy-efficiency, using natural gas to generate both heat and power, which makes it as clean running as it is clean looking.

28th February 2017

Steel is Here to Stay

Steel is here to stay

We’ve all heard the recent stories of technological breakthroughs in modern construction materials, most of which claim to have superior strength compared to steel. But as yet, none of these materials have become the rival to steel that was predicted. Carbon fibre is a perfect example of this.

Carbon fibre is a material that is regularly claimed to be stronger and lighter than steel, and in terms of tensile strength, this is true. The tensile strength of carbon fibre can be up to ten times the tensile strength of steel, while weighing significantly less. Carbon fibre also boasts excellent corrosion resistance properties. This may make carbon fibre sound like the perfect material, and while it may be a great material for some applications, it’s certainly not a contender to replace steel.

It is important to remember that carbon fibre’s strength is only superior to steel under specific conditions. Steel is a homogenous material - meaning that it’s strength remains the same regardless of which direction it is stressed. Carbon fibre, on the other hand, is made up of bundles of fibres, which may be incredibly strong in one direction, but are actually quite weak when forces are applied from other directions.

There are other significant disadvantages to using carbon fibre, such as being significantly more expensive to produce than steel, making it unsuitable for most common uses. Steel is also very easy to recycle, whereas carbon fibre components are sent to the landfill when they become damaged or worn. Steel can also be patch-repaired without needing to be replaced, while carbon fibre can not be repaired and must be replaced.

Despite carbon fibre and other new materials emerging on the market, steel remains to be the go-to material for countless applications due to its unrivalled versatility, recyclability, reliability and cost-effectiveness. New grades and production methods continually improve the performance and efficiency of steel, which makes the steel we use today much more advanced than when it first came into common use.

As steel stockists proudly supplying many different grades of steel to a variety of industries, our business at Pulman Steel depends on the fact that steel is still the best material out there, and from what we can tell, it would be hard to argue otherwise.

World steel production continues to grow year-on-year, so if any of these modern materials are a threat to the steel industry, we’re yet to see any evidence!

31st January 2017

A Day in the Life of a Pulman's Driver

delivery news

If you’ve ever had an order delivered by Pulman Steel, you will know that our delivery service is exceptional. While our lightning-fast delivery times can be attributed to every member of our team, we thought you might like to take a glimpse into a typical day in the life of one of our best delivery drivers, John.

John is an early riser. He has to be. At 6 am while most of us are still warm in our beds, John helps more than 7 tonnes of steel is loaded onto his truck, ready to be hand delivered to 11 lucky customers.

John’s route for the day would be in the Wakefield area, and much to his pleasure, he would be making deliveries to some of his favourite customers.

Weighing a grand total of 7.3 tonnes, his load consisted of:

34 – Profiles – in 9 different sizes from 15mm, 20mm, 30mm and 80mm thick plate
5 – Durbar plates 2500 x 1250 x 3mm o/p
30 – Cut pieces of 150 x 90 channel
2 – RHS 50 x 50 x 3 x 7.6m
1 – 2000 x 1000 x 10 mm plate
4 – RHS 40 x 40 x 3 x 7.6m
28 - Cut pieces of 100 x 50 channel
2 – Bright M.S 30 mm square x 3.5m
3 – Cut pieces of RHS 70 x 70 x 5
10 – Cut pieces of 200mm dia black EN8
1 – Galvanised sheet 2500 x 1250 x 1mm
3 – Black flats 20 x 3 x 4m
20 – Profiles out of 20mm thick plate
8 – Cut pieces of CHS 42.4 x 3mm
2 – Channels 380 x 100 x 12.2m
1 – Bright M.S 30 mm dia x 3.5m
2 – Cut pieces of 25mm dia Black M.S
300 – Profiles for the fittings market – 55 different sizes out of 6mm, 10mm, 12.5mm, 15mm, 20m and 25mm thick plate.

 

We have installed GPS tracking systems in most of our vehicles, so we can show you a map of John’s actual route for the day, which he completed at an average speed of 23.9mph.

 delivery map

 

In his shift spanning from 6am until 3pm, John spent a total of 5 hours and 116 miles driving a loop from our base in Sowerby Bridge, to the Pontefract area and back.

Throughout his shift, John delivered high quality, precision cut and profiled steel to a variety of different business types, which will go on to be used for all kinds of purposes in manufacturing, construction and more.

Our drivers don’t just dump your order on the doorstep and ask you to sign, we allow them enough time to make sure you are happy with your order, and to ensure that it is carefully stacked in a safe manner, right where you need it.

At Pulman’s, we take great pride in our delivery service. Not only do we ensure that all of our customers receive their goods on time, we also make sure we hire and train our drivers to offer the same great service that Pulman Steel has become known for.

 

Call us today to place an order for delivery. We guarantee, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

19th October 2016

Increased Profiling Capabilties

At Pulman Steel, we have been in the steel profiling business for a long time, and with the help of our fantastic team and state-of-the-art equipment, we deliver high-quality, precise results with an impressively short turnaround time.

We have six state of the art plasma and oxy-propane profiling machines that offer a range of different profiling capabilities including a Telesis dot matrix marking head on 2 plasma machines, which is available for material up to 20mm thick and is useful when trying to identify profiles from large volume fittings orders. With the ability to cut profiles on steel plates as thin as 1.5mm or as thick as 180mm, and offering plate sizes up to 8000mm x 2000mm or 6000mm x 3000mm, we can satisfy a wide range of bespoke profiling needs.

6th October 2016

Quality is Standard

At Pulman Steel, we’re all about quality. From our impressive range of in-stock steel to the variety of services we offer, it’s clear to see that quality is our thing, and this has been the case for over 150 years.

We have retained the ISO9001 accreditation for many years, and we are also fully compliant for CE marking, with full Factory Production Control (FPC) to meet the requirements of EN 1090-2 up to execution class 4 (EXC 4).

What all of this means, is that our products are constantly under scrutiny to ensure that everything we deliver at Pulman Steel meets our strict quality standards.
 
All of the services we offer at Pulman Steel are continually assessed – everything from the initial contact with our sales team through to delivery, it’s all closely monitored and checked against our quality standards.

At Pulman Steel we work very hard to ensure that our customers receive quality products and service from start to finish, so give us a ring and experience the quality of Pulman Steel for your self!

17th August 2016

Faster Deliveries and Increased Processing Capabilities

Faster Deliveries and Increased Processing Capabilities

We’re absolutely loving our new machinery, and so are our customers! With our brand new state of the art cutting and profiling machines now up and running, we are able to do some really impressive work. Among our new “toys” are the Esprit plasma machines, and the ESAB profiling
machines.

One of the features of our new plasma machinery is a dot matrix marking head, which can etch part numbers onto profile pieces making identification easier than ever before.

Want to put our new machines to the test? Drop us a line and find out what they can do.

We also have a posh new fleet of delivery vehicles that are ready to put some work in – dispatching steel orders throughout the North of England to keep our Pulman customers happy.

7th August 2016

Engineering Bar Update

To support our extensive general steel stock range, we have increased our range of bright and black engineering bar, offering EN8, EN16, EN19, EN24 and EN36 grades from stock in sizes up to 300mm diameter, so we can supply even more of our customers’ billet requirements. Our new MEGA carbide circular saw, RASACUT circular saw, and several other bandsaws, means a fast, accurate turnaround is available to meet both yours, and your customers short leadtimes.

If you want to know more about our engineering bar stock and processing capabilities, or have any other steel requirements we can help you with, please get in touch.

11th April 2016

April Update

Hello again to our monthly update. Although just over a month since our last update (due to Easter) we have a lot to tell you in a very short space. So here goes

Our sales team are finally out of their temporary palatial sales office (portable cabins in the car park) and are happily installed into our head office once again. A day of celebration for us all. Now when you ring to place your orders you can picture them in their new surroundings – although hopefully without a daily fix of Champagne!

Also, on the sales front – 750 tonnes of steel was despatched which is amazing considering that 12 weeks ago we had no stock, no machinery, no sales offices but we did have a whole lot of water!

In the works we have installed a telesis dot matrix marking head to our plasma machine this helps to make profiles easily identifiable.

In addition, a new MEGA NC hi-speed automatic carbide blade circular saw is in-situ ready for commissioning for even faster and more accurate cut pieces.

As always the progress we are making is due to the amazing team here at Pulmans and our phenomenal customers who have amazed us daily with their support, words of encouragement and loyalty.

Keep checking your email as we will update you as and when we have further updates.

29th February 2016

February Update

Its been three weeks since our last update and we have lots to tell.

Our exciting “big” news is that we now have two new saws wired up, in position and working. The new Esprit plasma machine, which also has a gas head, means we can once again offer a full range of both profiled and sawn to size products. Two more saws will be delivered this week so our processing capacities are increasing all the time.

In addition, our new ESAB profiling machine is in the process of being installed and is awaiting its bed! This is fabulous news as we have not seen this level of action since Christmas!

The warehouse, stockyard and plate store are filling up day by day, with wagon loads of new stock continually arriving.

We have come a long way since Boxing Day, achieved wholly due to our amazing customers, suppliers and the fabulous team at Pulman Steel.

Progress has not just been made for the guys who operate the machines. The team in the profile office who organise the processing schedules, now have plastered walls and will soon be moving into their new office.

That’s our update for now, short but sweet… we actually have work that we can be getting on with now without the need for mops!

Keep checking your email as we will update you as and when we have further news.