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What We Do

Why Buschman Metering Rods are the Preferred Choice

Metering rods are relatively small parts in the large and complex process of manufacturing paper, paperboard, linerboard, film, and substrates.

But paper mills, paperboard mills, converting plants, and linerboard manufacturers know that to deliver the product quality their own customers expect, they must have precisely engineered and manufactured metering rods that consistently perform to perfection.

That’s why so many prominent companies around the world trust Buschman. We help customers apply coatings to their exact standards and specifications by engineering and manufacturing superior metering solutions.

The Buschman Difference: Controlling Quality at Every Step

Buschman is the global leader in metering rod design and manufacturing because we do more in-house than any other supplier in the world.

Buschman certifies the quality and precision of our products. No matter the profile, our grooved metering rods are guaranteed accurate and true to size. Learn more about our Product Certification.

We are the only supplier that starts with coil steel and ends up with a precision finished product, all in one facility. This enables us to control quality in every aspect of the operation and deliver custom-engineered rods and rod holders that meet our extremely stringent standards and the unique requirements of our customers.

  • We start with coil stock.  The coiled stainless-steel rod is straightened in the same two-part process used to straighten drill rod. This enables us to get ultra-straight rods that outside suppliers cannot provide.
  • We grind our own material in-house to achieve the consistent quality our customers trust us to provide.
  • We roll form the rods or wrap wire on the rods, drawing our own wire through diamond dies and roll forming rods with dies we make in-house.
  • Our dies, which are manufactured in-house, are the most accurate in the world with tolerances held to within a millionth of an inch.
  • We chrome plate in-house with a unique, proprietary technology we developed to attain consistent quality.
  • We buff and pack product in-house in custom designed and built shipping containers that protect rods and rod holders until they reach your plant.
  • We are the only manufacturer making our own Hot Cast Polyurethane rod holders. We also machine our own PE rod holders.

The Result: Unmatched Precision for Consistently Superior Results

Our proprietary manufacturing process produces the best metering rods and rod holders in the industry. Only Buschman rods offer:

  • Consistent coating coverage: Our technology reduces rod lines, streaks, and defects, and can even reduce costs by decreasing coating consumption;
  • Longer rod life: Manufactured from stainless steel cores with hard chrome coating, our rods are proven to last longer;
  • Consistent quality: All our products inspected to ensure the highest quality rod after rod after rod and our quality practices are consistent with ISO-9001;
  • Service you can count on: Our team of metering experts is available whenever you need us. Buschman offers a full array of custom-engineered metering solutions, including:
  • Grooved metering rods;
  • Smooth metering rods;
  • Wire-wound metering rods, also called Mayer rods;
  • Rod holders and rod beds manufactured in Hot Cast Polyurethane (PU) and UHMW Polyethylene (PE);
  • Laboratory drawdown rod kits for quick use in the laboratory;
  • Spare parts and service.

How Buschman Helps Customers Coat with Confidence

For more than 40 years, Buschman has been the metering rod provider of choice for leading companies that produce paper, paperboard, and linerboard. Our comprehensive array of precision-manufactured metering rods, Mayer rods, rod holders and rod beds, and our ability to provide a full array of parts and service for many types of machines make us an indispensable resource.

Here’s how the precision and consistent quality of Buschman products helps customers successfully apply coatings to paper, film, substrates, and other products.

Custom Solutions

Buschman is the coatings problem-solver, the team to trust for smart answers to almost any coatings issue. We partner with our customers to create customized products tailored to their needs and we often go on-site to our customers’ plants to help them address a specific problem in the production process.

In-House Manufacturing

Buschman is the world leader in metering rod design and manufacturing because we do more in-house than any other supplier. By controlling every stage of manufacturing in our own facility, we create products that consistently achieve the industry’s highest quality standards.


Buschman is leading the way with advanced technology solutions for metering and coatings. Our continual commitment to product innovation keeps our products and our customers at the leading edge of paper coating innovation.


Our ability to consistently deliver products that meet the quality standards our customers expect is core to the Buschman mission and the primary reason we have earned deep customer loyalty and established many customer relationships lasting more than 40 years. Buschman grooved coating rods are certified for accuracy.

Service & Responsiveness

Customers trust Buschman for fast, accurate service and responsiveness. From product design to ordering to delivery, customers know that our team is committed to their satisfaction at every step of the process.

How to Order

Our engineering team will work with you to customize long-lasting metering rods for your application. Call us or use our online form to request a quote.

Call us at +1 216 431 6633


The Supplier of Choice for Coating Rods

“The quality of Buschman’s products is excellent. In the ten years we’ve been purchasing coating rods from them, we’ve had maybe two or three issues and they are minor issues. For the number of coating rods we purchase, that’s incredible. Their quality has been so high and they work so well with us that we don’t even consider looking at other vendors for our coating rod needs.”

Purchasing Manager
Leading Packaging Paper Producer in Southern US

Trusted for Superior Quality & Service

“The number one reason we work with Buschman is the product quality. The second reason is service. If we are running low on product, they’ll turn the world upside down to get us what we need. Buschman delivers product performance and customer service.”

Coated Products Manager
Prominent Packaging Paper Producer in Northern US

Going Above & Beyond for Customers

“We’ve used Buschman for well over ten years. Buschman goes above and beyond: The quality of materials, the finished goods, the on-time deliveries. They go out of their way to get us the product we need.”

Coating Manager
Large Converter in Northern US

Quality, Performance & Responsiveness

“Buschman’s service is outstanding. You don’t find that anymore. If we need something custom tweaked through Buschman, they’re more than willing to sit down with us and do so. They have quality, performance, and great delivery time and they’re very responsive to our needs. They go above and beyond. They’re first class.”

Coating Manager
Leading U.S. Packaging Paper Plant

Consistent Quality

“Consistent quality is the number one requirement for me and that’s what Buschman delivers.”

Senior Manager
Multinational Paper Mill in Australia

Buschman Delivers Consistent Quality

“It’s all about the quality of the rod we’re using to meter the product onto the paper. Without the proper rod application, your coating isn’t going to lay properly. Buschman has a quality product that performs the way it’s supposed to and they get it to us when we need it. They consistently meet all our expectations.”

Coated Products Manager
International Packaging Paper Producer

Top Ratings for Quality Products & Service

“Since we’ve opened the doors here, we’ve worked and had a great partnership with Buschman. They are a very highly reputable company and we’re proof of that as a happy customer. We have a lot of trust and faith in Buschman, so we just give them gold stars.”

Production Manager
Large Multinational Packaging Paper Plant