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Steel Mill Rolls

With a maximum size of 64” in diameter, Universal Urethane has the knowledge and equipment to recover almost any roll.

Universal Urethane has been an industry leader in refurbishing rolls for steel and aluminum mills and service centers. Here at Universal Urethane, we are not afraid of any size roll. With a maximum size of 64” in diameter, Universal Urethane is able to recondition steel mill rolls of various sizes. Our specialized roll recovering services and advanced urethane coatings extend roll life, enhance performance and reduce maintenance costs. With polyurethane roll refurbishing, we offer customized solutions to meet the rigorous demands of steel mills.  Contact us today to request a quote for your steel mill roll repair service.

Types of Rolls that We Refurbish

At Universal Urethane, we refurbish a variety of polyurethane rolls. Bridle rolls enhance friction and wear properties, optimizing the performance of steel and aluminum mills. Blocker rolls are built to last under heavy coil weights. These rolls can withstand abuse without the cover delaminating. Coater rolls are  custom to your specifications which include 40-60 RD finish. This variation of polyurethane rolls are formulated for high wear resistance which can minimize roll changes. The Squeegee rolls have been developed by Universal Urethane using an ether based material which assists with squeegee roll applications. This roll type can exceed standard rubber squeegee rolls by up to 10 times. At Universal Urethane, we have developed standard coverings for Tower rolls. These rolls are designed to be long-lasting and chemical resistant. Cell/Spider rolls are designed to handle certain environments, such as warm electrolytic water. Hold Down rolls are resistant to heavy abuse and delamination. These rolls are specifically built for reliability for malfunctions or overloading. Our Print rolls are available in durometers from 20 to 70 shore “A” and RA finishes from 40-120.  Lastly, our Pinch rolls are resistant to cuts and chunks. These offer a heavy pinch without delamination of the covering. These rolls are size-matched for consistent performance. To learn more, contact us.

Steel Mill Rolls Refurbishing Process

As an added service to our customers, Universal Urethane can also take a roll straight out of a service line and return it to you ready to install. The following is a typical procedure for a complete rebuild of a roll. First we receive the roll with all bearings, housings, and frames attached. At UUP we remove, clean and straighten the frame, as needed. In order to proceed, we remove bearings, housings and seals. Housings are inspected and repaired if needed upon service. To ensure proper recovering, we completely inspect the roll and shaft. One process that we use is Ultrasonic and Wet Mag Particle test. After this step, we provide a quote of any repairs that were needed. We also supply you with a quote for the UT/Wet Mag testing. The rolls are then recovered and finished per print. Housings are replaced and bearing and seals are supplied new or reconditioned. Finally, the frames are replaced as well. The roll is now ready to be replaced into service without added cost or time incurred by your employees. 


    At Universal Urethane, we offer a variety of custom roll finishes to cater to your specific needs. Our range includes high polish, rough cut, taper, non-directional, cast, smooth, and more. Each finish is specifically crafted to enhance the performance and longevity of the rolls in any environment. Contact Us today to learn more about the finishes we offer and what we recommend for you!

    Roll Profiling

      Depending on your needs, your roll may require different types of profiling. The kinds we offer are diamond,  helix, herring bone, vertical groove, horizontal groove, spiral groove and chevron groove.