2023–2024 AIST president Barry T. Schneider (center), president and chief operating officer, Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI), Fort Wayne, Ind., USA, is pictured with Anita Raypole (left), creative director (digital print) and Luvy Arora (right), cold mill process engineer — paint and dig-ital printing. A feature interview with Schneider begins on page 32.
Raypole, Schneider and Arora are pictured at SDI’s high-definition digital coil printing line — the first in North America. Running at 200 feet/minute, the line uses four color bars with 26 individual print heads that produce high- resolution images up to 32 feet in length.
Beginning with a cold-rolled steel coil, the product, called TruSteel HD™, is galvanized, then sent through pre-treatment before it receives a primer coat and top coat. The final two steps are high-definition printing and an electron beam clear coat protection layer. TruSteel HD is ideal for garage doors, building panels, office furniture, appliances, interior building applications and construction products.