Roll Forming Line Automation, Part 5: The Bottom Line

Economics of Using the Correct Dies and Systems There is a close, direct relationship of the engineering on a line to the economic payback of that line. By picking wrong methods or systems, you will make the line less profitable...

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Roll Forming Line Automation, Part 4: Optimizing Line Speed

In the previous blog posts, we covered the various types of flying dies. In this post, we will discuss techniques for improving the line speed and efficiency of production lines with flying dies. Methods to Reduce Die Sliding Friction Fighting the resistance...

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Roll Forming Line Automation, Part 3: Crop-off Dies

In the previous blog post, we covered the blade cut die design. Crop-off dies, the main alternative to blade cut dies, will be the subject of this post. Crop-off Die (Slugless Type) The crop-off die is the design most manufacturers tend...

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Roll Forming Line Automation, Part 2: Blade Cut Dies

In the last blog post, we covered the various types and purposes of pre-notch dies. In addition to pre-notch dies, cut-off dies are integral components of your production line. Although there are many variations, there are really only two...

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Roll Forming Line Automation, Part 1: Pre-notch 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...

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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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