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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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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Building System Manufacturer Gains Competitive Edge with High Capacity Machines

              A designer and manufacturer of commercial modular building systems in Ontario, Canada, recently acquired a B&K 3-TSR Supermill and a B&K Accessory System from the Formtek Group. They sought a solution after their previous method of purchasing studs from...

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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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Industrial Furnace Manufacturer Expands Capabilities with New Roll Formers

Formtek recently supplied two roll formers to a U.S. manufacturer of industrial furnaces and ovens. This manufacturer’s production needs had changed, and “they wanted to expand their capabilities to cover newer applications,” says Jack Pennuto of Formtek. Thirty years ago,...

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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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In-sourcing Rollforming Production

Formtek Group Inc. recently supplied a roll forming line to a Memphis-based manufacturer of weather-stripping, threshold products, lite kits, louvers and glass for commercial wood and steel doors. The manufacturer is using this particular machinery to make window frames...

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Tube Mills & Quick-Change: Rafts & Drive Shafts

Part 2 Moving into “rafting” is an important upgrade for ambitious tube mills aiming for expansion and efficiency in a highly-competitive field where the ability to “quick-change” is a key enabler of performance. The moveable subplates of rafts, unlike the traditional...

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Tube Mills & Quick-Change: One Step At A Time

Part 1 For many tube mills faced with the constant challenge of adjusting or exchanging tooling for making tubes with different dimensions, a frequent question concerns the existing changeover equipment. Should the mill be upgraded with new tooling, i.e. rolls...

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