Individual Shaft Driven Tube Mill Gear Trains – Part 2

A new era of drive train design has arrived.  One that is cost effective and offers the most flexibility within the tube mill system.  Individual shaft drive systems which utilize two (2) AC motors; each coupled to their respective...

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Individual Shaft Driven Tube Mill Gear Trains – Part 1

DRIVING THE FUTURE OF EQUIPMENT DESIGN AND OPERATION For many years, tube and pipe mills have utilized “group” drive gear trains.  This was the most economical method for providing power to drive the roll shafts of your tube or pipe...

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Sheet Metal Shops Are Thriving On Lasers

The importance of laser alignment to sheet metal efficiency can’t be emphasized enough in this modern age of fierce competition and economic uncertainty. Mastery of the software that controls the special lasers is absolutely essential for installations, retrofits and...

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The Key Procedures For Laser Mill Alignment

The impact of new technology on tube mills and roll forming in the sheet metal world is vividly illustrated by the practice of laser mill alignment. Efficiency and quality multiply by leaps and bounds. But what does it take...

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Laser Mill Alignment Is Precision Personified

The performance of the roll former and the tube mill have been revolutionized by the rapid progress of laser mill alignment technology in recent years. It wasn’t long ago that machine tool calibration and alignment methods required an indefinite number...

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Tube Mills & Quick-Change: Timing is Everything

Part 3 It’s time now to examine the overall pros and cons of climbing on board rafting as a tube mill quick-change design compared with the still-popular conventional method for producing brand new tube shapes and sizes. For a tube mill,...

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Straighteners, Stresses, and What They’re For

So which do you need: a straight tube or a pre-stressed tube? Our answer to that question is another question: That's right - both can be accomplished with straighteners. The tube, pipe and wire industries all utilize straighteners both in-line and off-line...

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Formtek Supplies Roll Forming Parts for Manufacturing Solar Structures

Formtek has recently supplied a Yoder M-Series roll forming machine and replacement components to be used in manufacturing solar structures and frames for solar energy installations.  The machinery supplied will increase capacity and expand on existing capabilities for the high...

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Formtek Unveils New Yoder Weld Boxes

Formtek recently unveiled a new design for their Yoder 4-roll and 5-roll weld boxes.  The new weld boxes offer an updated roll arrangement to improve longevity and ease of tooling changeover between sizes.  The units are currently designed for mechanical...

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New Yoder Reshaping Stand for Mechanical/Structural Products

Formtek recently unveiled a new design of the Yoder Reshaping Stand for mechanical tube and structural sections.  The WH-350-RS unit can reshape up to 4” (101.6 mm) square, rectangles up to 6” (152.4) wide and as small as 2”...

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