Roll Forming

Successful roll forming requires more than a roll forming line and tooling. Robust finite element analysis software, and understanding the material's yield strength and elasticity, are critical. This technology area is full of information on equipment, tooling, and simulation software.

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The Bradbury Group acquires Hilleng International and Diecraft

October 8, 2010

The Bradbury Co. Inc., acting through its subsidiary, Bradbury Australia, Pty Ltd, has announced its further expansion into the southern hemisphere. The new company has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets and intellectual property of Hilleng International and Diecraft. The deal is...

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Roll-Kraft expands at three locations

August 30, 2010

Roll-Kraft plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities in its facilities in Mentor, Ohio; Frankfurt, Ill.; and Woodbridge, Ont. The Illinois and Ontario facilities will add CNC machines, while the headquarters location in Ohio will install a new wire EDM. The new machines will eliminate...

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End forming/roll forming machine offers new control system, includes maintenance diagnostics - TheFabricator

End forming/roll forming machine offers new control system, includes maintenance diagnostics

August 10, 2010

Manchester Tool & Die Inc. has introduced the model M10-H3-R end forming/roll forming machine, featuring standard MTD components and using the same tooling as the M71-H-3 and 24008 machines. The unit offers the new HMI programmable, flexible control system and includes diagnostics for...

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Hill Eng. promotes sales/marketing manager

July 12, 2010

Hill Eng., a member of the Formtek Group in Carol Stream, Ill., has promoted Paul Williams to the position of sales and marketing manager. In this position, he establishes selling strategies for the company's rotary punching units, hydraulic presses, air presses, and stationary and flying...

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Michigan Roll Form purchases Tru-Tech

March 16, 2010

Michigan Roll Form Inc., Fraser, Mich., a provider of metal fabricating machines and related tooling, has purchased the intellectual property and inventory items of Tru-Tech Tool and Machine Company, as of March 2010. The purchase includes all machine and tooling designs/records, parts inventory,...

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T&H Lemont hires sales, marketing manager

March 5, 2010

T&H Lemont, Countryside, Ill., has hired Martin W. Byrne as manager of domestic sales and marketing. In this position, he formulates marketing and sales strategies for tooling, equipment, and operational services. Byrne has more than 30 years of experience in sales to the pipe, tube, and roll form...

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Plasma Automation appoints Westway Machinery exclusive sales representative for Eastern Canada

March 3, 2010

Plasma Automation Inc. and sister company, Vicon Machinery LLC, have appointed Westway Machinery Ltd. as their exclusive sales representative servicing Eastern Canada. Westway Machinery Ltd. has added the Vicon line of equipment to its already extensive product line. Vicon machines include...

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Roll forming gets flexible

December 2, 2009 | By Tim Heston

Roll forming technology has adapted to a manufacturing market that demands short runs and quick response.

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Orbitform opens new applications lab

November 10, 2009

Orbitform Group, Jackson, Mich., has announced additional capacity to provide prototype services for the assembly of parts within the new Application Engineering Lab at the company's headquarters.Specializing in forming, joining, and fastening, the 6,000-sq.-ft. lab facility within the company's...

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Roll-Kraft recertified to ISO 9001:2000 With Design

October 13, 2009

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, has been recertified as ISO 9001:2000 With Design. The company has been certified to the ISO standards since 1997.Roll-Kraft is a worldwide supplier of custom-designed tube mill and roll form tooling made of steel or carbide; mill equipment; hydraulic or pneumatic prenotch...

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Roll-Kraft launches new Web site

August 11, 2009

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, recently launched a new Web site at include an instant request-for-quote button and Dr. Resolve, who writes a "prescription" for solutions to problems with tube and pipe and roll forming applications. The site also includes customer testimonials...

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Rotary punching revisited

August 6, 2009 | By Paul Williams

New ways to increase production, reduce labor costs, and maximize floor space may be found by revisiting a 50-year old technology—rotary punching. Many part features and patterns can be punched and formed using pull-through rotary units at up to 300 feet per minute(FPM) in materials as thick as 1/16 inch. In addition, cam technology allows rotary punching and forming of material thicknesses up to 0.105 in. (12 gauge). Servo drives empower line speeds as fast as 650 (FPM).

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Roll forming multiple gauges with precision

July 8, 2009 | By George Y. Li

Compensating for gauge changes in precision roll forming doesn't necessarily require significant investment. Spaces, the use of gauge spacers, and other technique can help when roll forming parts of multiple gauges.

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Portable hemming unit forms 180-degree hems

May 12, 2009

Roll-Kraft has released a portable hemming unit. The machine forms 180-degree hems on the edges of a flat strip of metal. Hems are found primarily on lighter-gauge material to strengthen the profile or improve safety in handling.Typically, the hems are formed before the metal strip is introduced...

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Continuous improvement for roll forming - Part I

March 10, 2009 | By Andy Allman

Continuous improvement and statistical process control are useful, time-tested techniques—they have been used since the 1950s—but their use must be tailored to specific applications. For example, a typical manufacturing metric is parts per minute, but many roll formers should measure feet per minute. This and other tips can help roll formers accurately evaluate their productivity and measure the impact of process improvements.

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