Coil Processing – 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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Q: How do you avoid HUGE future capital costs?

A: Invest in the right high production machine today. When demand suddenly booms for your production, you're going to have to make an investment. Here's how one manufacturer dodged buying an entire separate tube mill line: [Note: The following article was excerpted...

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Incorporating Your Cutoff Machine

The Cutoff Machine To realize the maximum production capabilities of a roll forming machine, including continuous operation and the improved product consistency available by feeding coiled stock, a cutoff machine becomes an important part of the complete roll forming system. ...

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When to Split or Combine Your Tooling

Split Rolls and Combination Tooling Rolls are split where necessary to facilitate machining, grinding or for other changes, and also to allow for easy replacement of a roll piece that might be subject to extreme wear. In general, no roll pieces exceed...

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Identifying Appropriate Roll Materials

Roll Materials and Roll Life Rolls are usually made from tool steel, the grade being dependent on the expected production and finish of the piece part.  For general duty applications where a smooth finish strip is to be formed or...

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Tips for Positioning Your Shape

Accessory Tooling It is sometimes necessary to mount rolls on vertical axes, between driven roll stages, to exert side pressure to a shape when it is needed for forming or guiding. Likewise, when cut-to-length strips are fed through a roll forming...

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Machine Effects on a Formed Section

The capability of any given machine with regard to height or depth of the section is measured mainly by the vertical distance available between spindles.  This, together with the distance from the centerline of the bottom spindle to the...

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How We Cut Down Machine Changeover Time

Some manufacturing processes, particularly roll forming, have struggled to meet order fulfillment on the fly, especially due to the increased emphasis on small batch or single piece production in recent years.  Due to the long machine changeover times required to switch...

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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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It Exists: The Low Production Dimple-Free Tube Cutoff

In the past, “dimple-free” tube cutoff systems were typically made for higher speed tube lines. Because of the demand to produce at these high speeds, they came with a high price tag to suit. The tubing industry needed a cost...

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