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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FKM moves North American headquarters

May 9, 2006

FKM-USA, the North American division of FKM-Walzentechnik, Duisburg, Germany, has relocated its North American headquarters to Frankfort, Ill.The new facility has 3,000 sq. ft. of office space and...

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Improving roll forming productivity of roofing components

May 9, 2006

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Roll forming of roofing components for the pre-engineered building and component industries presents unique challenges for manufacturers. Tighter profile tolerances, wider product ranges, and compressed lead times present production challenges for producers running older equipment or those contemplating a move into this market. Some developments in equipment and processes that are important to producing secondary structural members include quick-change roll form tooling systems and tooling that can improve the productivity of roofing components- Cee's, Zee's, Eave Struts, Channel, and Base Angle.

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Macsteel Service Centers USA announces expansion

April 17, 2006

Macsteel Service Centers USA Inc., owned by the global steel company Macsteel Holdings of South Africa, has announced that it is constructing a $10 million metals manufacturing and distribution...

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Metalcon show set

April 11, 2006

Metalcon Intl., Newton, Mass., has announced that its 2006 show will take place Oct. 3-5 in Tampa, Fla. This is the only annual international show dedicated to metal in construction.This year 262...

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Roll-Kraft names vice president, U.S. operations

March 27, 2006

Roll-Kraft has promoted Charles (Chuck) J. Summerhill to the position of vice president of U.S. operations.Summerhill has been with the company for 10 years. He served as engineering manager of roll...

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D.A. Stuart VP retires, replacement named

March 7, 2006

D.A. Stuart, Warrenville, Ill., has appointed Charlie Santangelo as vice president of operations effective in May. Santangelo replaces Gene Carline, who has announced his retirement.Santangelo joined...

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Roll-Kraft receives perfect score on ISO certification

March 7, 2006

For the second year in a row, Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, has completed its annual ISO 9001:2000 certification with no major or minor nonconformities.Roll-Kraft manufactures equipment for the tube,...

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Universal Tube opens division company

February 7, 2006

Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment, Perrysburg, Ohio, has announced the opening of another division company, Universal Controls Group USA, which specializes in mill control systems.Universal Controls...

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End distortion on roll formed parts

December 13, 2005

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Roll-formed parts are subject to end distortion when the parts are cut at the end of the roll-forming line. Understanding the forces that contribute to end distortion is the first step to balancing the forces and eliminating end distortion.

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In the loop on closed-loop roll forming?

December 13, 2005

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In roll forming, non-stop punching and shear systems have traditionally employed simple open-loop control methods. Closed-loop (also called servo-based) systems can overcome many limitations of the open-loop design and yield higher line speeds, reduce downtime, and reduce scrap.

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Roll-Kraft adds personnel

June 14, 2005

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, has appointed Shawn Mitchell to its sales staff and Jeffrey Misley as project manager.Mitchell has many years of experience in the industry and has worked with the company's...

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A good start makes a difference

March 8, 2005

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Understanding the relationship between the elevation of the entrance guide and the shape of the roll formed strip is crucial to satisfactory roll forming. The entance guide elevation, if improperly set, can cause the strip to bow and twist as it leaves the first forming pass. Setting the elevation properly can help to eliminate additional stress and strain at the strip edges that cause bow and twist.

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Roll forming method simplifies curved part production

January 11, 2005

The Swedish company Ortic, together with Bemo of Germany, has developed a new method of roll forming steel sections. Dubbed Monroe, the method uses high-precision computer control and infinitely...

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Roll forming basics

January 11, 2005

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Roll forming, often called open-section forming, uses successive sets of roller dies to bend a strip of steel progressively until the desired shape is achieved. This process is very similar to traditional tube- and pipemaking, but differs in that it can form more complicated sections.

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Bradbury Group appoints western European sales manager

October 12, 2004

The Bradbury Group, with headquarters in Moundridge, Kan., has appointed Arjen Schuit as sales manager of its member companies in western Europe. Schuit handles sales of all roll forming and related...

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