Sandusky International Division
Global leader in paper mill suction rolls and industrial centrifugal casting technology
Customers have been partnering with Sandusky for decades because of our unique ability to produce single-piece unwelded centrifugal components in very large sizes – up to 432” / 10.9 meters. Centrifugal casting's grain structure provides cylinders with uniformly high, non-directional mechanical properties. Because they are inherently round and concentric, cylinders have greater dimensional stability, making them ideal for a diverse variety of applications. Sandusky's casting process also offers enhanced flexibility in cylindrical sizes and materials, both ferrous and nonferrous.
For exacting high performance applications like paper-making, off-shore oil exploration, and defense, there is no other source that can bring these capabilities. Leveraging unique tooling capability, large capacities, and unparalleled centrifugal technical expertise, no one in the world can do for our customers what Sandusky does.
Sandusky International Division of MetalTek has been the worldwide leader in centrifugally cast paper roll manufacture and supply since pioneering centrifugal casting more than a century ago. Customers rely on us because we are the only fully integrated suction roll manufacturer in the world.
Over the years, the Sandusky product line has grown to include Polycast Shells and complete roll products that utilize our core shell products such as suction rolls, felt rolls and press rolls. In addition our customers have benefited greatly from our many years in development of stainless steel alloys, and we provide certified stainless steel ingot and toll melting services to the cast stainless steel market.
Customers designing, manufacturing or operating papermaking machinery rely on Sandusky International for the world's leading rolls and shells. Utilizing a deep understanding of the demanding environments in which our pulp and paper customers operate, Sandusky provides products and solutions to extend roll life and reduce operating and maintenance costs for paper mills everywhere. Likewise, customers in many demanding industrial markets including mining, defense, naval/marine, nuclear, material handling, steel mills and energy count on Sandusky. High performance cylindrical components for corrosive, elevated temperature and high wear environments make our customer's products better.
Sandusky Suction Rolls, Replacement Shells, and Custom Designed Paper Rolls - Extending the life of papermaking machinery through the advancement of suction roll technology, manufacturing, and materials.
Typical Papermaking Products
- Dryer felt rolls
- Lump breaker rolls
- Paper rolls
- Polycast shells
- Press felt rolls
- Reel spools
- Suction Roll Shells
- Winder roll shells
- Wire turning rolls
Sandusky International Division is the world leader in custom-made large diameter cylinders in long, unwelded lengths. Sandusky developed the centrifugal casting process and offers unparalleled flexibility in dimensions, composition and properties. The technology ensures inherent roundness, straightness and uniform wall thickness. When multiple shorter lengths are needed, several pieces can be economically made from a single casting.
Processes and Capabilities
Sandusky International is a large scale solutions provider specializing in the design and manufacturing of papermaking rolls and shells. Experts in large roller casting and machining, we supply roller sizes measuring up to 60 inches in diameter and 432 inches in length, weighing up to 135,000 pounds. Catering to the paper and pulp industries, we leverage the resources of the entire MetalTek International family to offer a wide range of metals expertise. Providing additional services such as installation, integration, heat treatment, and reverse engineering, we invite you to contact us to learn more about our advanced design and manufacturing of papermaking rolls and shells.
- OD of 12" - 60" / 305 mm - 1524 mm; lengths up to 432" / 10,975 mm
- Non Ferrous and carbon steel to 80,000# / 36,400 kg
- Stainless steel to 135,000# / 61,400 kg
- AOD processing
- Automated stress relief
- Full machining including turning, boring, grinding, drilling, and roll balance for parts up to 500" / 12,700 mm in length and 200,000# / 90,900 kg.
- Solidification modeling
- Twist and gun drilling
- Recycling and environmental programs
Sandusky International Division specializes in just about any ferrous hi-performance alloy. In addition to industry standard alloys, MetalTek regularly works with customers to modify grades to deliver the performance needed for their particular application and environment.
Suction rolls, made from our patented Alloy 86® duplex stainless steel, DSA06, and CA-15 are recognized throughout the world as the industry standard for long life and reliability, and are the replacement shell of choice. Additional Mills looking to extend life cycles and reduce the cost of unplanned failures increasing rely on Sandusky for their replacement roll needs. With manufacturing operations in Sandusky, Ohio and Glenrothes, Scotland and service operations on six continents, you can be sure that Sandusky will be there quickly whenever you need help.
For more information on MetalTek alloy capabilities, visit our Searchable Alloy Guide.
Sandusky International also provides certified ingot (including AOD-refined Ingot) in a variety of alloy families:
- All 300 Series Stainless Ingot
- All 400 Series Stainless Ingot
- All Duplex Grade Ingot
- All Tool Steel Ingot
- All Monel Ingot
- All Nickel Based Alloy Ingot
- All Low Alloy Steel Ingot
Accreditations and Certifications
Like all MetalTek facilities, Sandusky International Division is equipped with an on-site chemical and mechanical laboratory. Certifications include:
- ISO 9001:2008 (QMS)
- Lloyd's Register - Copper Alloy Castings for Valves, Liners, Bushes and Fittings
- ABS / American Bureau of Shipping
- Det Norske Veritas
- GL / Germanischer Lloyd
- MOD Defence Equipment & Support
- ASTM, ASME and military specifications
- Customized Centrifugal Castings
- Polycast Shells
- Suction Roll Shells
- Maintenance Courses
- Additional Capabilities
- Case Study: Custom Manufactured Stainless Steel Suction Press Roll Shell
- Case Study: Casting and Machining of Steel Roll Shell
- Case Study: Casting of Polycast Roll Shell
- Case Study: Alloy 86 Stainless Steel Suction Pressure Roll
- Case Study: Alloy EPV Stainless Steel Suction Box Shell
- Case Study: Custom Manufactured Steel Reel Drum & Bearing Assembly