Comparing Rotary Pre-shear to Flying Die Post-cutoff Systems for Stud Lines

Hill Engineering/Formtek Inc. has designed and built rotary punching machine systems, rotary shear machine systems and flying die punching and cutoff machine systems in roll forming machine lines for over 60 years. It is our experience that when you...

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Comparing Rotary Punching to Stamping Systems

Rotary punching is a unique method used to punch holes, shapes, louvers, etc. in ferrous and non-ferrous materials at high speeds. There are definitely conditions that are ideal for rotary hole punching machines to be used, and there are conditions...

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Formtek Supplies New Product for the Roofing Industry

  To fill an observed need in the roofing industry, Formtek Group Inc. is now manufacturing a w-valley die for rotorized vendors.  This tool forms a w-style valley that is used primarily in asphalt shingle roofing but can be used...

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Diversified Manufacturer of Steel Components Adds Product Line with Accessory System from Formtek

A Colombian diversified manufacturer of steel components recently purchased a B&K Accessory System from Formtek. This system is tooled up with angles and furring channels which can be made in different sizes and gauges. These channels are used to...

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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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Flexible Fabrication System Manufacturer Adds Formtek Tooling

A European manufacturer of flexible fabrication systems recently added a roll forming tooling set to a system for making furnace wrappers. This an entirely new system for the manufacturer, who contracted Formtek to design and supply the tooling. The roll...

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Designing the Drive Train to your Products with the Highest Efficiency

How do we as mill builder size a drive train to your needs? Well, depending on the roll forming or tube mill markets – we strive for different results. If you are speaking about roll forming machines, we generally...

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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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School Bus Manufacturer Increases Efficiency with Updated Roll Former

Formtek recently supplied a major school bus manufacturer with a new roll forming system for use in producing the roof bows that make up the top structure of school bus cabins. Previously, this manufacturer was using a roof bow...

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