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Machines for manufacturing metal products

Rollforming machineOne of the most common places you will find a rollforming machine is in the fabrication of building and construction materials.  A wide range of common building materials are manufactured through the roll forming process.  The machinery is generally single function in nature producing one specific profile or small variations with in it.

Standard configuration of a rollforming line

Most metal forming machinery setups use a common line configuration.  At the start of the process uncolier (also known as decoliers) hold the master coil and fed the line.  Depending on the profile requirements and the quality of the steel coil a flattener may be need to bring material thickness consistency to the mill.  Lubrication is also added at this stage to reduce friction through the bending process.  When forming a more complex or heavy gauge material lubrication can be added at critical locations within each stand.

Many manufacturers of steel products can benefit from quick change over tooling. One of the most common ways to achieve this is through rafting or cassette roll tolling.  This second set mounted on a base plate can be easily removed and ‘changed over’ in order to manufacture a new steel profile.

Cold forming machine

Once the continuous steel sheet enters the rolling mill powered tooling pulls the sheet in and progressively forms and bends the steel in to the desired shape and profile.  The number of stands needs for any roll former is dependent on the  complexity of the shape.  The forming of metal places large stresses on the overall design and construction of a mill.  Careful consideration and engineering is required in order to construct a long lasting machine.

Once the sheet metal leaves the mill it is often in its final shape.  Now presses are used to cut to length continuous strips of metal specific to customers orders.  The best roll forming machines offer a range of punch and cut off dies and designs allow for an endless combination.

For more information about our full line of rollforming machines contact us today.

Roll forming machines

Range of roll forming machines for the fabrication of steel productsManufacturing a broad range of roll formers and serving a wide range of industrial applications, our unique approach integrates innovation, customization and value. Our capabilities are truly global with manufacturing and service operations worldwide. Shipping complete rollforming lines or forming components anywhere you are.

Duplex roll forming mills

Rapid change over design the Duplex rollformer is a laterally powered split tooling configuration. These mills provide fast and responsive profile width change overs.

Learn more about duplex roll forming and the stud and track mill.

Universal Rolling Mill

Individual gear boxes for each roll stand offer versatility and flexibility in metal forming. This mill is engineered for quick change over of drafting and cassette tooling.

Learn more about our universal mills and roofing machines.

Toggle Forming Mills

Built to withstand heavy daily workloads this powerhouse delivers. With a large vertical capacity and quick-disconnect shafts this mill is designed to perform.

Learn more about our toffle rollformer and C/Z purlin machines.

Gear Mill

Looking for high tolerance specifications? Manufactured to meet demanding tolerance specifications the gear mill is widely used for high spec applications. Commonly built with smaller tooling setups metal fabricators rely on this machine to deliver repeatable part quality.

Learn more about our gear mills and automotive parts rollforming lines.

Roll forming machines for metal forming equipment lines

With a wide range of roll forming machinery RFM provides solutions for metal fabricators.  Serving the building and construction sector, automotive parts and component manufacturers, the appliance industry and custom roll forming industry.

Trusted, experienced quality rollforming equipment

Industrial rollforming requires knowledge, experience and above all else trust.  As with any capital equipment there are many grades of quality and capabilities.  Metal forming machinery is no exception.  Building a line that not only fits your requirements but is engineered to last year after year producing the same high quality components you demand.  Saving’s you may think you have realized when purchasing a low quality mill will most often be lost in repairs, part re-work or quality rejects.

Roll forming machines for the steel fabrication industry

Providing high quality roll forming machines to the leading purlin manufacturers, steel roofing industry, and steel stud and track manufacturers.  RFM equipment is built to last providing you with the service and quality you need.

Roll forming machine for metal bendingCommon products utilizing rollforming mills

  • Steel framing studs and track
  • Metal roofing and siding
  • Steel purlins (Cee/Zee)
  • Steel deck flooring
  • Appliance skins and posts
  • Automotive parts (bumpers, window slides, chassis rails)
  • Office furniture (cabinets, desks and more…)

When looking for a roll forming machine that is built to last contact us today.

Solutions for manufacturing steel drywall studs used in steel houses

Rollforming machines used for making steel productsOne of the quickest ways to manufacturing an interior wall is to use steel framing and drywall.  This combination is quick to build and requires little training.  The drywall framing  dimensions are the same as those used in the wooden stick building process and are inherently more flexible.  Scrap material is minimized and recyclable unlike wood products.

Pro’s and con’s of a job site stud rollformer

One of the first things a company that is looking to manufacturer steel building studs is to do so with a portable stud maker.  These machines are small and lightweight my nature and produce a reasonable steel stud.  Here are the basic pros and cons of such a machine.

 

Portable rollformer pros and cons
Pro Con
Speed Not the faster rollformer on the market
Flexibility Can produce what you need when you need it. Requires many manchine changes to switch over product profiles
Capabilities Low volume Not built for long term high volume product
Cost Less than industrial forming machines Ware and tare at a high rate

Industrial stud and track rollformer

Industrial stud and track machines are capable of roll forming a wide range of profile shapes with minimal interruption.  These machines can switch between stud and track with one push of the button.  Changing flange heights and web widths are also quick and easy.

Industrial roll forming machine: pros and cons
Pro Con
Speed  Very fast Requires high volume production to offset costs
Flexibility Can produce any common stud sizes in one machine
Capabilities High volume production and highly flexible profile output
Cost Expensive compared to other machines Large ROI

Prefabricated building machine

A growing market is the prefab or prefabrication market.  This is where wall production and roofing building is all done inside a factory.  The sections are “prefab’d” and sent off to the job site for assembly.  This method reduces some costs of fabrication and increase overall quality.

Pre-fab roll forming machines: pros and cons
Pro Con
Speed Slow speed
Flexibility Can produce all the components needed to assemble a steel stud drywall or roofing Requires specific architectural drawings for each steel house
Capabilities Low volume
Cost Costs can be at par with other roll forming techniques

Read more about our stud and track rollforming machine and how it can help to reduce the cost of manufacturing steel drywall framing components.

How roll forming can improve the phase-change insulated glass industry

Not often are there new products that come on to the market that have the ability to lean on old technology.  Usually, new technologies imply that there is a completely revolutionary way of creating something.  This is not the case with new glass products for the window industry.

Window frames benefit from advanced rollforming processes

The window frame has been around since the beginning of time, well it seems that way.  You would think we have exhausted everything new in this product sector and are unable to make significant advancements.  This is not the case with phase-change windows and the steel frame.

The function of a phase-change window is to adjust the amount of natural light that passes through the glass.  This has many benefits both from an energy savings point of view as well the ability to work in these environments.  The steel frame surrounding any window frame is extremely important in today’s modern energy efficient systems.

Window frame energy efficiency begins with the roll forming machine

Just like the foundation of a building is critical to the overall integrity of its design the window frame is to the performance of the phase-change window.  The frame, typically a common U-shaped steel sheet formed by a rollformer, holds the glass in place and within the window box.  The junction impacts the stability of the glass as well as it’s energy efficiency.  If the window frame fails under hot or cold weather conditions there is a serious potential for a window failure.

See how our  new rollformers use the latest technology to ensure your end product works!

 


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