Flat Steel Sheets: What is Leveled, Blanked and Sheared?

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Coil stock can be a challenge for some customers who need flat material. It would be ideal if you had your own equipment to flatten coil and process the materials into sheets. However, oftentimes, customers are at the mercy of prepackaged sizes and quantities and have no way of ordering what they really need.

As a result, more and more companies are now offering steel services to meet the exact requirements of the customer. You can now get your flat metal sheets leveled, blanked and sheared to your specifications. Let’s discuss the differences between them.


A number of metal sheet manufacturers now offer to get your coil stock unrolled, leveled and cut into lengths of your preference. The sheet sizes available will depend on the material type. The most common pattern or sheet sizes are 24”, 36”, 48”, 60” and 72” wide by 96”, 120” or 144” long.


Blanking flat metal sheets is a metal fabricating process where a metal workpiece is removed or punched out from the flat metal sheet. The punched out material is called a blank. Blanks can be slit to a custom width then cut into smaller blanks for ease of handling when building your project.


Sheared metal sheets have straight-line cuts that separate them into two parts. This metal fabricating process is called shearing where an upper blade and lower blade are forced past each other to cut the metal sheet. Generally, sheared sheets are parallel to an existing edge. However, angled cuts can also be accommodated.

Flat metal sheets are perfect for construction and structural applications. These types of sheets can be used in a wide range of industries. From automobile bodies to medical tables, or from roofs to home décor, metal sheets can be used for all types of purposes.