Hardox has literally set the standard for wear plate all over the world with its unparalleled combination of hardness and toughness. Visitors to CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 were able to see video of impact tests clearly demonstrating the huge savings in weight and gains in strength and wear resistance resulting from using Hardox.

Using mild steel as a reference another display showed how the various grades of Hardox wear plate increase service life of wear areas. Samples of SSAB’s impressive – and unmatched – range of types, grades, widths and thicknesses of high-strength steels were also on display. Plus details of the company’s Hardox Wearparts program and unparalleled customer support.

Thickness used to be a limitation, but now SSAB offers wear plate in thicknesses from 22 gauge (0.7 mm) to 6¼" (160 mm). Combined with new dimensions and its ability to double as structural steel, this allows even greater creativity and opens up new possibilities.

SSAB also displayed its unparalleled product portfolio: Hardox wear plate, Weldox structural steel for heavy and demanding applications, Domex structural steel for sustainable and lightweight solutions, Toolox pre-hardened engineering and tool steel, and overlay plate, pins and pipes.

However, the wide range of wear plate grades, widths and thicknesses offered by SSAB would not bring the benefits of longer service life and higher payload to end-users if manufacturers were not able to form, cut and join the plates in their workshops. The balance between hardness, toughness and workability – regardless of grade or thickness – is the key to the remarkable success of Hardox.

Customer support has played a key role in SSAB’s success. SSAB has a long tradition of providing assistance in design, wear, workshop techniques and production efficiency, as well as customer-specific innovation support. SSAB goes beyond offering technical support but also collaborates with customers to develop innovative products through its Knowledge Service Center. Support is always tailored to the customer and the solution so it is not surprising that more than 75% of SSAB’s customers work with SSAB on development projects.

SSAB is also be celebrating not only 40 years of manufacturing Hardox wear plate, now firmly established as the global benchmark for wear-resistant steel plate, but also that Hardox is now produced in the U.S. following the completion of a new quenching line at SSAB’s steel plant in Mobile, Alabama. Built as part of a $300 million project, it is the world’s most modern quenching line and raises SSAB’s U.S. quenched and tempered plate capacity by some 220,000 t/y.

Source: SSAB

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