Bringing metal roll forming processes into your plant is a complex investment. It’s more than just buying a machine that you turn on and off whenever you need it. There are additional costs and risks you won't understand unless you run a full-blown roll forming factory.
Roll form parts are complicated. And the roll forming process is equally complicated. So, the quickest way to explain roll forming to a newcomer is to provide real-world examples.
Here are seven places you might not realize are ripe for roll forming applications.
Roll forming is the most cost-effective way to achieve continuous production of complex shapes with multiple bends. But even we admit it’s not a perfect system. There are two particular quirks of roll forming that engineers must understand and accept before committing to the process: end flare[...]
To manufacturers, a channel is one of the most simplistic shapes on earth. This helps explain why channels are a commodity product -- they’re easy to make and extremely functional. As simple as a roll formed channel is, understanding C and U channel price factors is a little more complicated.
What Is U channel edge trim?
First off, a U channel is a tall, skinny, metal formed product. Deeper channels (a little deeper and more narrow than what you see above) can only be achieved through roll forming. Other forming methods can reach into the U shape as well as they can with standard[...]
Architectural design aims to balance economy, elegance, and efficiency. Perforated metal paneling and wire mesh certainly apply to all three.
A great roll formed steel U channel can do wonders for your project’s cost- and time-effectiveness. That’s why we created MeshTrim.
Manufacturing process improvement can be tricky!
We all want to improve our manufacturing processes and create added productivity. We use scads of analysis, cost accounting numbers, and other manufacturing process improvement tools to evaluate our nonproductive processes. Our computer systems[...]
Metal manufacturing is fascinating because it’s always getting better. Take steel doors and frames -- today’s manufacturers can produce doors that are not only simple to customize and paint, but also will last a lifetime.
Tooling costs in manufacturing are already a sore spot for many purchasers, but some think roll forming tooling is cost-prohibitive altogether. Sadly, the up-front price tag blinds them to literal down-the-line savings.
That’s right -- if your project fits, a roll former can actually optimize[...]