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Orbitform Group names president

September 16, 2008

Orbitform Group, Jackson, Mich., has announced that it has named Phil Sponsler as president. He has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of engineering, manufacturing, and sales. He served most recently as general manager.The Orbitform Group includes Orbitform orbital riveters, Milford...

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Bradbury doubles size of trim shop plant

September 16, 2008

The Bradbury Co. Inc., Moundridge, Kan., a manufacturer of roll forming and coil handling equipment for the metal construction industry, has doubled the size of its dedicated trim shop plant. This expansion comes a little over 18 months after the plant's grand opening. The company has added a new,...

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Roll-Kraft upgrades FEA system

September 16, 2008

Citing increased demand for finite element analysis (FEA) services in the roll forming and tubing industries, Roll-Kraft has announced upgrades to its current system. Updates included integration of a new dual-processor computer and upgrading the COPRA RF FEA software from dataM, Germany, to...

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Roll-Kraft receives safety award

July 15, 2008

Roll-Kraft's safety record recently was reviewed by the Lake County Safety Council in Ohio. As a result, the Mentor, Ohio, company received an award for having no lost-time injuries during the rating period.Quarterly meetings and annual training help emphasize safety in Roll-Kraft's operations. The...

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Edge treatments for roll formed parts

May 13, 2008 | By Hanhui Li

According to OSHA and BLS data, safety in metal manufacturing has been improving. Workplace injuries and injury severity fell from 2000 to 2006. The biggest improvements have been in severe injuries, so minor injuries have gotten more attention lately. One such minor injury is cutting. Roll formers can do their part to prevent workplace cuts by focusing on deburring.

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Rolling to market - Part I

March 11, 2008 | By Dale Kroskey

For many jobs, the toughest part isn't roll forming the parts themselves—it's getting those parts to the customer. Parts are cut-to-length, then placed on immense wooden frames in such a way that allows the maximum load on a truck. That's a lot of material handling. But what if a shop eliminated the packing altogether by taking the roll forming to the job site itself?

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FABTECH hosts 31,000 visitors, covers 461,627 sq. ft.

January 15, 2008

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show at McCormick Place in Chicago hosted more exhibiting companies and covered more exhibit space than any previous FABTECH. Filling 461,627 sq. ft. of booth space, the show attracted nearly 31,000 visitors from more than 75 countries, a 27 percent...

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OMCO announces new CEO

January 15, 2008

OMCO, Wickliffe, Ohio, a producer of roll-formed steel structural shapes, has promoted Gary M. Schuster to CEO and president. Formerly the company's president and COO, he replaces Ben Yorks, who now serves as chairman of the board.Schuster joined OMCO in 2006, after holding executive positions with...

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Surveying suitability of resistance welding for roll formed parts

December 11, 2007 | By Bill Schubert

Resistance welding differs from fusion welding in that pressure is applied to the weld until the molten area coalesces, cools, and solidifies. Two resistance welding processes commonly integrated with roll forming are high-frequency welding and rotary spot welding. High-frequency Welding From...

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Bradbury names president

December 11, 2007

The Bradbury Co., Moundridge, Kan., a manufacturer of metal roll forming and processing equipment, has promoted COO David Cox to president.Cox, who joined the company in 1997, also has served as general manager and operations manager. In addition to his responsibilities as president, he continues...

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FABTECH Intl. & AWS Welding Show returns to Chicago

October 9, 2007

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, the largest North American showcase of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology, will return to McCormick Place in Chicago Nov. 11 to Nov. 14.Cosponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS),...

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Bradbury Co. announces engineering staff appointments

September 11, 2007

The Bradbury Co. Inc., Moundridge, Kan., has announced two appointments to its engineering staff. The company has hired Mark McFetridge as a senior project engineering manager and Rex Stutterheim as a technical assistant.McFetridge is part of a management team responsible for translating customer...

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Bradbury announces sales team leader

June 12, 2007

The Bradbury Co. Inc., Moundridge, Kan., has promoted Matt Werner to sales team leader for the Hayes International product line in the U.S. and for Bradbury Trim Shop equipment. He assists customers with equipment selection and system design. Werner joined the Bradbury inside sales staff in 2004...

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Roll form tooling design for air bending

April 10, 2007 | By Hanhui Li

Several techniques are used commonly to reduce profile distortion when air bending with a roll former. These include small-radius forming, false bending, vertical side rolls, and angle side rolls.

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Is metal roofing fabrication right for your shop?

April 10, 2007 | By Paul Williams

When deciding whether to produce roofing panels, you need to determine your ROI, based on if you can use existing equipment or need new equipment, the required panel appearance; possible line configuration; and material handling options.

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