Steel Mill Customer Orders Largest GRAPHALLOY® Split Pillow Block Bushing Ever Made


YONKERS, NY (September, 2008) - A Graphite Metallizing steel mill customer
recently installed 12 "super-sized" GRAPHALLOY® bushings for the main drive shaft
in their quench tank.

The Model 478 GRAPHALLOY® split pillow block design has a bore ID of 6.00 inches -
the largest ever produced by Graphite Metallizing. These pillow blocks are used to
support the sprockets that drive the chains pulling molten billets through the quench
tank.

Each of the dozen pillow blocks that the mill ordered weighs more than 250 lbs. and
must function under difficult operating conditions: complete submersion in heated,
contaminated water while supporting 10,000 lb. loads at 10 RPM.

GRAPHALLOY® bushings can withstand temperatures ranging from cryogenic to
+540 degrees C (1000 degrees F) and are dimensionally stable even when submerged or
under load. They can be used to solve difficult application problems involving high
temperatures, as well as acidic, corrosive and wash-down environments. Because of
their long life and self-lubricating qualities, they are especially suitable for installations that cannot be accessed easily, or where performing regular maintenance is difficult.

Graphite Metallizing Corp., established in 1913, produces GRAPHALLOY® a
graphite/metal alloy bearing material used in the manufacture of self-lubricating
bearings and components for machinery and process systems. For more information
visit: www.graphalloy.com.

CONTACT: Eben Walker
Graphite Metallizing Corp.
1050 Nepperhan Ave.
Yonkers, NY 10703
(914) 968-8400
ebenw@graphalloy.com

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