Sheet metal workers in manufacturing plants make sheet metal parts for products such as stud and track framing, purlin, corrugated roofing and siding, and air-conditioning duct systems, trapezoidal roofs, automotive parts; and many other steel products. The work can be highly repetitive and labor intense. Sheet metal workers stand for long periods, lift heavy materials and finished products. The last thing they need is a manually operated press brake, requiring repetitive exertion with every bending operation.
How to manufacture better? Using a fully automated rollforming machine will increase quality, through-put and profit. They are more flexible, have a higher capacity, and are faster than other techniques for metal forming. They also reduce the overall number of operators and labors. Labor costs are cut dramatically and worker through-put. A roll forming machine reduces labor costs while increasing productivity. The use of rafted tools also allows for faster change over’s, and higher quality. This allows your business to manufacture more products in less time.
So, what do I need to look for in my next roll former machine?
- High quality product output.
- Rugged construction for long, trouble-free operation in heavy duty service.
- The ability to form continuous or pre-cut lengths repeatability without compromise in full-length or continuous feed operations accurately and economically.
- Hydraulic controls that index quickly and accurately.
- Dies that are quick and easy to change.
- The ability to perform a variety operations.
- A proven service record with years of experience.
- Replacement parts and optional components that are readily available.
When investigating a new roll former machine, make sure that you match the equipment to your requirements and obtain the highest quality product with appropriate features. Looking at only the cost can sometimes be deceiving, as versatility, productivity, efficiency of labor, and life cycle costs all need to be accounted for.