Nov. 12, 2014
Outokumpu Expands Fast Track Pipe Program
Outokumpu's Stainless Pipe facility in Wildwood, Fla., has expanded its Fast Track program, which is designed to fill emergency orders for small-volume, non-standard pipe products.
Key to the program's improvement is the new 6,000-ton, fully automated press, which allows the Wildwood mill to produce heavy wall pipe from plate supplied by the Outokumpu quarto plate mill in New Castle, Ind. With immediate access to the raw plate material, Fast Track orders can be placed quickly into production on the new press and adjacent plasma cutter.
"Since bringing the new press on line, we have been able to fill orders to spec and on time for emergency, non-standard pipe," says Roger Ricketts, Outokumpu pipe commercial manager in the Americas. Non-standard orders include large diameters, specialty grades, custom lengths and unique wall thicknesses. Typical Fast Track orders range from 10- to 24-inch diameter in duplex 2205 Code Plus Two, as well as 304L, 316L, 321 and 347.