If you’re processing more than 5 million lbs. of steel or 3 million lbs. of aluminum, you are a candidate for an in-house blanking line. And, if you are processing a variety of sizes or non-standard sizes (something other than 4 by 8, 5 by 10, or 6 by 12 ft), blanking in-house becomes even more attractive. In 2017, the rule of thumb was that buying your own coil versus sheets saved about .03 to 0.8 cents/lb. However, with the increasing prices in the steel market, ROI can be achieved even faster, especially for those processing specialized materials such as highly-polished, pre-painted, or non-marking applications. From COE’s experience, each of our CTL installations has paid off within 2.5 years.