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Rolling mill.

By paulbroad  
I often mention my background. This is what I used to do. Medium section rolling mill in action rolling railway line. Temperature about 1250 degrees K. I have close up shots which are quite interesting.

The main problem with such images is viewpoint. This was taken from a raised walkway and it shakes. The whole building is designed to move so that the continual vibrations from heavy machinery do not cause stress fractures in the structure. Still had to use a tripod, though for obvious reasons.

Not ideal for longer exposures. Lighting also a mix of Mercury, Tungsten, fluorescent and sodium!

This is about 10 to 12 years old from my post retired freelance activities.


Tags: Hot Steel Mill Specialist and abstract Roll Temperature Glow

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GeorgeP 14 62 26 United States
2 Dec 2018 2:53PM
Wonderful industrial study: so much happening and not a soul in sight, except perhaps for the hint of a person in the control room over the line. Do you know the purpose of that structure in the lower right foreground beside the work bench? The perspective makes it look like something Escher designed. GrinSmile Grin
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2018 8:37AM
I assume you mean the cast iron heat deflectors mounted on each side of the roll passage? Mill is full automated. In my early days at work we could have walked anywhere we wanted, but not now. These places can kill very quickly and efficiently, so safety is paramount.

No one in that control room. Now not used.

3 Dec 2018 3:48PM
This takes me back Paul, when I was doing my apprenticeship I had a spell in the Hot Mill at Ebbw Vale steelworks and later on many shifts as a fitter, later on in the Central Fitting Shop we used to overhaul various items including the reels, excellent image,

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