Roll Forming Line Automation: The Bottom Line

Methods to Reduce Die Sliding Friction  Fighting the resistance to sliding is one of the big problems constantly faced when building “flying” dies. Anything that can be done to lessen the resistance to movement of the die will increase the...

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Roll Forming Line Automation: All About Dies

What is the key that makes one manufacturer’s roll forming line enormously profitable and another manufacturer’s line marginal, even when they are producing similar products on the same model roll former? The key is to have the proper auxiliary systems...

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Advances in Steel Mill Core Wire Roll Forming

For many years, steel mill core wire products have been produced using the roll forming process.  Either solid or powder core, the process is essentially the same with forming of the steel strip jacket, either solid core or powder...

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Roll Forming Technology: The Various Methods for Part Measurement

There are many types of measurement systems available for use in your production line. The advantages of each method are dependent upon many variables. Important factors include the dimensions of the shape, required tolerances, and the desired speed of...

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Comparing Rotary Shear with Flying Die Shear for Stud lines

Hill Engineering/Formtek Inc. has designed and built both rotary punching machine systems and flying die machine systems in roll forming machine lines for over 60 years. From this extensive experience we have found that the most efficient way of...

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Comparing Rotary to Flying Die Punching for Stud Lines

For over 60 years Hill Engineering/Formtek Inc. has designed and built both rotary punching machines and flying die punching machines for roll forming lines. From this extensive experience we have found that the most efficient way of running a...

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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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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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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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