8 Roll Forming Design Flaws to Avoid at All Costs

As with all manufacturing processes, the way you design your component impacts your overall costs, lead times, and quality consistency. Follow these roll forming design tips to avoid the common pitfalls of custom tooling and forming.

5 Surprisingly Common U Channel Trim Applications

What Is U channel trim?

U channel trim 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 steel channels.[...]

Roll Forming vs. Press Braking & Other Metal Forming Services

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:

How Steel Doors and Frames: Peeling Back the Manufacturing Process

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.

Bad and Possibly Weird Roll Forming Materials

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[...]

Think Roll Forming Tooling Is Super Expensive? Not Exactly True

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.

On Roll Forming Companies and the Transparency of Raw Material Cost

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[...]

Famous Buildings You Didn't Know Use Dahlstrom’s Architectural Roll Forming: Part II

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.

Outsourcing Just 1 Part to a Roll Forming Company Can Boost Profits

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[...]

The Case for Roll Forming Services: Cost, Capabilities, Quality

You’ve got a project. You’ve also got options for how you complete it, one of those being roll forming services.

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