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Smooth Rods

Smooth Rods

Smoothing Rods

Buschman smooth metering rods are precision-manufactured to deliver consistent coating coverage, dependable performance, and long life that reduces costs and optimizes efficiency in your day-to-day operations. Whatever your application, Buschman can provide a smoothing rod tailored to your needs.

Smoothing rods are primarily used to apply clay coatings to paperboard, and to distribute higher viscosity coatings evenly and smoothly. Many Buschman customers use a smoothing rod as a follow-up process to a metering rod or other coating method to create a smoother coating result, especially when using high viscosity coatings.

Buschman is the only smoothing rod manufacturer that manufactures everything in-house. Our quality standards are second to none, resulting in rods that ensure precision, consistency, and stability.

Buschman smoothing coating rods come in two varieties:

  • Heat resistant, hard ceramic coated;
  • Up to exceptionally hard triple chrome (0.075mm thick) plated.
Smoothing Rods Ceramic Coated Rods
  • Available in Single, Double & Triple chrome plating; increases rod life up to 250%
  • Dura-Life chrome plating eliminates macro cracks & increases density.
  • Available in lengths up to 11 meters (432in)
  • Heat resistant ceramic minimizes wear
  • Lowest friction available leads to longest rod life
  • Good for multiple web width applications.
  • Available in lengths to 9.6 meters (378in)


Applications Specifications
Clay & color coating Material: Stainless steel
Coating paperboard & linerboard Diameter: 6.35 mm – 38 mm (1/4” – 1.5”)
Dual rod press as smoothing applicator to remove rod lines Lengths: Up to 12 meters (480”)
Light Weight Coatings (LWC) on to fine papers Coating: Hard Chrome plating, Rockwell C 68-73; thicknesses to 0.075mm (0.003in.) Ceramic coating thicknesses to 0.25mm (0.010in)
Specialty & custom coating applications Special ends: All special ends configurations available.

Top-Quality PU and PE Rod Holders

Buschman rod holders are precision manufactured to give the rod a more uniform and consistent fit along the entire length of the holder. Our rod holders reduce rod vibration, increase rod and holder life, and promote a more uniform coating. We manufacture rod holders from Hot Cast Polyurethane (PU) and Polyethylene (PE).

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


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

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

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

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

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

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