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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

1st September 2017

Plasma - a cut above the rest

Plasma cutting

At Pulmans, we simply love plasma cutting. Why? Well aside from its exceptional accuracy, high speed and low operating costs, we also find ourselves fascinated by the science-fictionesque technology behind it.

When the word plasma is mentioned, people tend to assume that it must use some kind of advanced technology, and in this case, they’re not wrong! An incredible amount of science and research preceded the introduction of the plasma cutter, with inspiration taken from the universe itself!

In simple terms, plasma is a state of matter, along with solids, liquids and gasses. Plasma is created when energy is added to a gas, and this causes some of the electrons to leave the atoms, resulting in positively charged ions and negatively charged electrons – a process known as ionisation.

Around 99% of the matter in the visible universe is believed to be plasma, but here on earth, it’s not quite as common. Naturally occurring plasma is very rare on earth (mainly limited to lighting strikes), but mankind has managed to manipulate plasma for several common uses, such as neon signs, televisions and of course, cutting tools.

Plasma cutters work by taking superheated ionised gas (plasma) and channelling it at high speed from the plasma cutter to the material being cut. In order for plasma cutters to work, the material being cut must be electrically conductive in order to receive the plasma.

As plasma is a near-perfect conductor, it allows electricity to travel to the material uninhibited, creating incredibly high temperatures as it hits the material. The compressed gas also adds the benefit of blasting away the molten material, exposing the material beneath. This allows the plasma cutter to cut both thin and thick metals alike, making it an incredibly versatile cutting tool.

Combined with computer numerical control (CNC), which allow for extremely precise guidance of the cutting head, plasma cutters produce much cleaner and more accurate cuts than traditional cutting methods such as metal-on-metal and oxy-propane.

At Pulman Steel, we have four state-of-the-art plasma profiling machines for bespoke profiling needs. So next time you order some high-definition plasma cut steel profiles from Pulmans, take a second to think about the incredible technology that went into producing your bespoke profiled components.

19th September 2017

Steel machining and what it means to you

Machining

You may have heard that we recently expanded our steel processing capabilities to include steel machining, but what does that actually consist of and how does our new machining shop benefit our customers?

Machining can mean quite a lot of things, but generally speaking, machining produces semi-finished or finished parts/products from profiled or cut to length, from our own cutting and profiling departments.

Machining processes consist of milling, drilling, chamfering, notching, tapping and more. This is done by highly skilled machinists using specialised machines and tools – often computer guided for increased accuracy.

The ability to produce semi-finished or finished parts and products helps our customers by providing a one stop shop for all their steel requirements.

By offering both cutting and machining services, Pulman Steel can deliver on an even more extensive range of steel processing needs, all under one roof. By allowing our customers to source a wider range of steel requirements from one supplier, the entire process of procuring steel products, materials and parts becomes as easy as buying milk, bread and frozen peas… and just like most supermarkets these days, we deliver!