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:
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.
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[...]
Some people think roll forming tooling is cost-prohibitive. Sadly, the up-front price tag blinds them to literal down-the-line savings. That’s right -- is your project fits, a roll former can actually optimize your spending and get your parts out the door sooner and for less money per part.
OEM projects can be hectic. The nuances of why raw materials cost a specific amount are probably not something you think of often. Your main concerns are likely lead time, reliability, quality, satisfying your customer, and controlling overall costs. But when it comes to that last one … wouldn’t[...]
When a company has a history as extensive as Dahlstrom’s, it’s bound to have a brush with roll forming fame. We’re happy to say we’ve had many of them since 1904.
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[...]
You’ve got a project. You’ve also got options for how you complete it, one of those being roll forming services.
When it comes to roll forming cost, if price is the battle, total cost of ownership or -- TCO -- is the war.
TCO is an analysis of the complete life cycle of your purchase. The number includes every phase of ownership.
Roll forming can be the most affordable metal forming process available. But like any industry, shoddy practices can end in high roll forming costs -- which of course get passed on to you.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to save money without sacrificing quality. Let’s take a look at the[...]