Bright Steels Limited was established in 1919, by Cris Chouler with the company remaining under the ownership and control of the founding family. Bright Steels Limited occupy a substantial office and industrial facility at the heart of Norton on Derwent together with some sites on the periphery of the town.
Our steel is used in every facet of manufacturing, including commercial vehicles, motor cars, industrial motors, joiners tools, hydraulic applications, shopfittings, machine racks and power generation equipment, indeed a multitude of uses from heavy to light engineering applications.
We greatly treasure our independence and some years ago developed as our logo the otter trademark – the otter is a very independent species and we too wish to preserve our status as an independent privately owned company, especially in these days of multi-national organisations.
Bright Steels Limited specialise in the production and stockholding of bright cold drawn flat bars, squares, hexagons and alloy rounds in addition to the manufacture of special shapes produced according to customers drawings.
As the name implies, bright steel bars are bars which have been cold finished to provide for engineers, a product which is to exact shape and tolerance and of good surface and appearance.
The feedstock is hot rolled bar, either in bar lengths or coil and the first operation removes surface scale and rust that is inherent in a hot rolled product, and would have a deleterious effect on the drawing operation if allowed to remain.
The next stage is that of pointing the bar end to facilitate entry into the tungsten carbide drawing die. This operation is also known as “tagging” and can be accomplished by hot swaging or forging, or cold rolling.
Developments in draw bench ancillary equipment includes push pointing apparatus, which forces the bar though the die by means of hydraulically powered grips. Where the section size permits, tagging becomes unnecessary.
In either event, after entry into the die, the bar end is gripped in bogie jaws and drawn along its length, being automatically released at the end of the process. This does not remove metal, but elongates the bar.