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 steel channel is, understanding price factors is a little more complicated.
All mouldings, whether metal or wood, look great when they roll off the manufacturing line. They look strong, sturdy, and beautiful. The durability of mouldings when applied in the field, however, is a reminder of how poorly we humans treat our things.
Think steel’s the only metal you can roll form? That’s a myth. While roll formed steel is the most common product in the industry, any ductile metal is fair game.
Finishing is the process of treating the exterior of a metal by applying a protective layer or unique aesthetic touch to its surface. There are numerous types of metal finishing processes that attain a variety of results -- many of which can add architectural value. Let’s look at some of the[...]
When you invest in metal materials, you expect them to last. But it’s a mistake to assume metal is immune to degradation from environmental and other factors. Corrosion can wreak havoc on the structural integrity and aesthetics of your parts. That’s why it’s important to know the factors of[...]
Is “welding” copper possible? Absolutely. The trick is establishing the ideal joining method for your application.
As a specifying engineer or purchasing agent, you need to find the perfect material to suit your specific job needs, while keeping your budget in line. Many companies turn to roll forming because it's the most economical process for shaping certain materials -- especially when complex bends or[...]
Engineers seek out corrosion testing as a way to scope out a problem before shooting with live rounds, so to speak. A corrosion test helps you understand how long a fabricated metal item will hold up under tough conditions.