A Brief Guide to Steel Reinforcement

Bar code equipment is used today to increase productivity. It enables readers to more efficiently scan barcodes, which are used to identify products and items. In particular, bar codes used in retail are important because they make product identification much easier for consumers. Bar codes are also useful in industrial applications where it helps reduce costs. For example, steel producers use deformed steel bar code equipment in order to create more efficient and economical steel production line processes.

The basic properties required for bar codes are the width, height and diagonal dimension of the bar, the thickness of the material to be scanned, the bar size, the characteristic of the material, its cross-sectional area and the ultimate bar size, all expressed in a numeric format. Bar codes may have different types of encoding schemes. There are both numeric and alphanumeric. Most barcode applications use numeric encoding schemes. Generally, numeric bar sizes are derived from the width and height of a bar code item and the number of characters in that bar code.

The other common coding scheme for bar codes is the alphanumeric one, which combines letters and numbers. Alphanumeric codes are commonly used in business applications and in the supply chain management systems of companies. Deformed steel bar code equipment is designed for specific applications. Some of the common uses include identification of individual products, product parts, equipment, parts or containers and stock. In the case of product identification, the machine is programmed to read one character or letter. In the case of parts identification, the machine is programmed to automatically associate a specific bar code with the part.

Reinforced concrete is another commonly used material for deformed bar applications. The application of concrete reinforcement is necessary when concrete slabs are subjected to lateral stresses, such as in bridge foundations and walls. The concrete reinforcing steel bars are placed inside the poured concrete surface and they are positioned at right angles to the poured concrete slab. Once the concrete is set and hardened, steel rebar is added along the perimeter of the frame to serve as a tension element.

Steel rebar is available in different sizes to meet varied applications. Small sizes of steel bars can be used for handrails control applications. Larger sizes of steel bars are ideal for floor edge panel applications such as stair cases. When steel rebar is used as flooring product, it is frequently coated with asphalt or rubber ground tar to prevent bar sliding. Other uses of this product include counterbalance weights, handrails, railroad ties and water tanks.


The wire mesh bars that are used as handrails have the basic sizes of either L-shaped or U-shaped. Bars having the L-shaped configuration are generally preferred due to their rectangular cross section. Bar sizes can range from one to four inches. Bar sizes depend upon the actual application requiring the reinforcement. Steel reinforcing steel bars of different sizes are fabricated to suit diverse applications. They are also easy to install with straight, curved, or twisted wire mesh.