Keep Your Bearings Rolling With Proper Greasing Techniques

The great majority of bearings used on Formtek equipment are the anti‐friction type, i.e., ball or roller. A relatively small number are the plain sleeve type. Practically without exception, grease is employed for bearing lubrication. The lubricant must serve two...

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Important Steps For Troubleshooting Your Roll Forming Stock (Part 2)

One sticky problem faced by cold roll forming operators is “Pickup”. This consists of small particles of metal picked up from the stock by the rolls and other tooling. The cause? Friction mostly. The particles accumulate and stick tightly...

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Formtek’s Latinate View On Machinery Lubricating

Knowing the original Latin word frequently helps to convey an English meaning, and lubricus, or slippery, is no exception. In this case, it could also help the essential routines for machinery lubrication from ever slipping your mind, so to...

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Important Steps for Troubleshooting Your Roll Forming Stock (Part 1)

Describing cold roll forming as a high precision operation requiring exceptional accuracy is an understatement, without question. Obtaining “Good Stock” for successful forming operations is an absolute necessity when thousandths of an inch can make a difference. Be on...

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Italian Metal Surfacing Equipment Giant Joins Forces with Formtek

CLEVELAND, OH - Formtek, Inc. has struck up a new partnership as the exclusive North American distributor for Bossi s.r.l. of Abbiategrasso, Italy. With over forty years in the industry, Bossi is the premier manufacturer of inline and secondary surface...

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North American Manufacturers Find New Support for Milltech Systems

CLEVELAND, OH - Milltech, a worldwide leader in pipe manufacturing and finishing systems, has established a local foothold in supporting North American manufacturers by partnering with Formtek, Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio. Headquartered in Daejon, Korea, Milltech has been the...

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Shapes & Distortions – Metal Forming ABCs

The fabrication and metal manufacturing world can be difficult to understand if you’re not a veteran on shop floor. Not only that, but when you want to look something up, clear explanations can be hard to come by. That’s...

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Precision Press Brake Certificate Two Day Course: September 12-13, 2016

This highly-focused and instructive seminar presented by Formtek Inc. will teach you the theory and math fundamentals of press brakes, raising your metal bending skills to new levels. Sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), the certificate-earning...

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Rotary Slitting Principles and Applications, Part 3

THE MACHINES Although design details vary, slitting installations fall into either of two very distinct design styles. A good many lines for light gauge, small coils of narrow width (Fig. 17) have the slitter and recoiler assembled on a common base....

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April-May Laser Welding Webinar Series

You have options for your production methods in the tube & pipe industry. Milling, sizing, straightening, and welding can all be performed using various technologies, new and old - but that doesn't mean a given technique is the most...

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