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Our FIRSTCUT+® Processing Services include Precision Shearing, Hi-Definition Plasma Cutting, Slitting, Edging, Cut-To-Length/Leveling, Water Jet Cutting, Laser Cutting, and Precision Sawing.

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  • A Cut-To-Length line is a popular method of creating flat, rectangular blanks from larger metal coils.  Also known as a CTL or a Blanking Line, our machine will uncoil the larger material or master coil, straighten or flatten it, and then cut it to the required length as it moves through the line, and ultimately stack it into a bundle. 


  • Edging Process

    In many cases, slit metal strips of steel will require edge conditioning before moving on to the next step of the production process.  The metal strips are rolled to smooth the edges and remove burs.  Our in-house edging capabilities include the ability to deliver a #1 round and #5 partial or full square skived edge.  2R and 3R groove inserts are available as well as traverse wound coils based on your customers' requests.

  • Laser Cutting

    Our laser cutting solutions bring your cut metal to you more efficiently than ever before.  Whether you choose our fiber laser or traditional CO2 laser, UPM has a variety of  laser cutting services to save you time and money.  To compliment this service, we offer reverse engineering, leveling and deburring options to reduce the need for managing multiple sources for laser cut parts. 

  • Micrometer

    Flat or even surfaces are ensured through our in-house leveling capabilities.  Our skilled operators are experts at surface inspection, maintaining flatness and performing shape correction.  Our inventory can be carefully checked with flatness tables, calipers and calibrated micrometers.

  • Plasma Cutting

    In plasma cutting, a column of electrically charged gas creates a high-energy arc, which melts the material being worked in a narrow path.  Achieve smooth, square edges with our Messer Hi-definition plasma cutter capable of cutting stainless and nickel plate up to 5” thick.

  • We utilize band saws, cold saws, and plate saws to provide the flexibility to tackle almost any cutting requirement, regardless of size.  With 27 saws in house, we have the capity your job requires.  These precision saws produce square cuts with tight tolerance.

  • Metal Shearing

    Shearing is the process of cutting sheet metal to size out of a larger roll or flat stock.  Using an angled moving blade, the shear cuts progressively across the sheet in a guillotine-like action.  Shear machines can cut small lengths at a time and have large output in a short timeframe. Our 36" x 48" sheet easily ships via FedEx for your most pressing needs.  We also offer PVC protection to eliminate scratches.

  • Comprehensive slitting capabilities

    Slitting is an important process when tight tolerances need to be maintained and smaller coils are a better fit for your application.  Working with a smaller coil can also mean less scrap and better economics when devoping a finished part.  With five slitters including 12”, 18” turret, 18” light gauge, 24” and 50”, our slitting operation can meet your most pressing needs.  At UPM, we also offer specific edges or edge conditioning for these smaller cut coils. 

  • Water Jet Cutting

    United Performance Metals can deliver material that is custom cut to your exact specifications. Our waterjet cutting capabilities allow us to cut virtually any material in a variety of thicknesses and tolerances.  Best of all, our cutting processes, inspection, reverse engineering and finishing options allow us to save you time and money.  Let us be your single source for material and cutting requirements.

  • Bar Packaging

    United Performance Metals employs industry leading packaging solutions to protect your order. All of our crates and skids are produced from high quality Hardwood and Southern Yellow Pine.  In addition to several standard size skids and crates, we are also equipped to build custom sizes to meet your specific requirements. Ocean, Air and ground packaging is also available.


  • Trepanning

    United Performance Metals offers trepanning from 5.00" - 12.00" on center & off center up to 200" long. Trepanning is a rough size process which is usually then followed by a honing process for finish, or further machining. It is a deep hole drilling process that has broad application over many industries including, Aerospace, Chemical, Oil & Gas and Industrial. 


  • Timesaver

    United Performance Metals also offers finishing options to its laser customers by incorporating a Timesaver® high-production deburring machine.  This machine further removes small burrs and imperfections.  The end result is a high quality, finished part that will move quickly through the next stage of its production.

  • Heat treating is the process of heating, holding and then cooling certain metals to improve their structral and physical properties.  This changes the internal structure of the metal and may cause the material to become harder and stronger, or softer, and weaker, depending on the method used.  Heat treating can also impact straightness and tolerance.  It is one of the most significant processes for making alloys and metals usable in further processes like forming, bending and machining. 

  • Ultrasonic testing

    Ultrasonic testing uses beams of high-frequency sound waves to detect flaws, measure thickness and evaluate material properties. Very short, high frequency sound waves with center frequencies or pulses are transmitted into materials to test their thickness or detect internal flaws.  It plays an important role in safety, quality assurance and cost.  


  • Tungsten Carbide Tipped Saw Blade

    Cold saw cutting virtually eliminates the heat affected zones often incurred as part of the plasma cutting process and minimizes labor time and expense.  Our cutting process produces square and parallel edges at standard length and width tolerances flattened and deburred.   


  • Flatness, width and thickness measurements are taken through the use of discrete laser line sensors and lateral micrometers to ensure the materials you purchase meet your exact specifications.

  • Precision blanking goes beyond standard cut-to-length and slitting by taking the cut metal and creating smaller, more precise pieces that are customized for the end user.  Blanks can be square or round or a custom shape, and can be formed through laser, cold saw or plasma cutting processes or even by more traditional steps in the leveling and cut-to-length process. 


  • The Boring process is used to enlarging a hole that has been previously drilled out. The boring process improves the accuracy the hole's diameter tolerances. Boring types include Line Boring, Back Boring, Finish Boring and Counter-Boring.