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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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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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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Manufacturing Day 2016: Formtek Sponsors the Future Leaders of the Industry

On October 7, we’ll be opening our doors to high school and college students to participate in a national effort to inspire and encourage tomorrow’s leaders to join into one of the most powerful and defining industries in America:...

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Shapes & Distortions – 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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Rotary Slitting Principles and Applications, Part 3

THE MACHINES Although design details vary, slitting installations fall into either of two very distinct design styles. A good many lines for light gauge, small coils of narrow width (Fig. 17) have the slitter and recoiler assembled on a common base....

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