Bellwood’s experience with sourcing the right material, stamping, inspection, and packaging make it the right choice for Made in the USA Cookware Stainless Circles. Stainless Metal Spinners and Industrial Strainers also take advantage of Bellwood’s great location and circle punching experience producing minimal burr and scratch/pit-free circles.
Circle Punch Press
Combined Metals of Chicago has three Cleveland 150-ton presses that are perfect for stamping out stainless steel circles ranging in diameter from 6” to 20”. Depending on the diameter of these circles, the presses have the ability to produce stainless steel discs from 0.015” to 0.125” thick.
Customers choose Combined Metals of Chicago for stainless steel circles because our team is highly skilled at producing top quality circle punch discs for stainless steel cookware. Whether it is lids or layered pans, CMC knows the right level of quality for cookware. The process starts with selecting the right coils. CMC has the metallurgical expertise to know which alloys produce the best dome or flat lids.
Next, CMC works with multiple stainless steel producing mills to specify the best finish on the coils that are ready to buff up to a mirror finish.
When stainless steel coils arrive at CMC, they are slit to the right size for stamping these stainless steel circles with the utmost care, using modern equipment designed for mirror finishes. After the coils are slit to size, the discs are circle punch stamped to size on equipment especially designed for reflective surfaces. Every piece of equipment that touches the surface of the stainless steel coils has a soft protective coating that does not scratch or mar the discs. Furthermore, every stainless steel circle stamping disc is hand inspected by our trained operators. Each one is carefully packaged to avoid damage during shipping.
Stainless steel cookware manufacturers receive these discs ready to be converted into high quality stainless steel lids. The result is a high perception of quality for the lids and a great “out of the box experience” for consumers.
When the circle punch presses are not making stainless steel circles for Made in America cookware lids, they are busy punching out stainless steel discs for deep drawn industrial strainers. The punch presses also have the ability to produce copper circles, aluminum circles, or carbon steel circles.