Quick: Which charges higher prices for metal fabrication -- a company that has in-house roll forming tooling capabilities or one that outsources it?
In metal forming, the specifying engineer or purchasing agent can select from several approaches to come up with completed commercial products. But roll forming is almost always the most flexible and durable of these processes. Many product profiles that are challenging to make through press[...]
There are four main metal forming services used in the manufacturing industry today: press braking, stamping, extrusion, and roll forming. All have advantages and disadvantages, so the one you choose will depend on a few important factors:
A continuous improvement mindset encourages both initiation and implementation of changes to manufacturing processes to improve “customer delight” (our quality policy statement) and other measures of company performance. In Dahlstrom's case, manufacturing process improvement helps us offer both[...]
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.
What does an OEM roll former do? Is the process any different from architectural roll forming? And how is either going to solve your project’s case?
U.S. manufacturing has had its share of bad turns over the last 50 years, with entire industries being outsourced to other parts of the world. Not good news for roll forming companies. Starting with products like clothing and electronics, we gradually saw large corporations move their production[...]
Any manufacturing setup --- yes, even yours --- has limits in achieving its goals. The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is a management methodology that claims systems are as vulnerable as their weakest person or part. TOC aims to improve that constraint until it’s no longer a bottleneck to your[...]
Manufacturing process improvement can be tricky!
We all want to improve our manufacturing processes and create added productivity. We use scads of analysis and cost accounting numbers to evaluate our nonproductive processes. Our computer systems keep track of labor hours used versus our[...]