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Automotive

Are you manufacturing automotive parts?  High speed lines can reduce per part costs while increasing part quality.  Common chassis parts, seat rails to bumpers are all ideal for cold forming.

An ideal match for this complex process.

Heavy gauge

Forming and bending heavy steel sheet requires a special knowledge and design in order to achieve repeatable results.  See how the leading manufacturers do it right.

Stud and Track

The steel framing industry relies on high capacity machinery capable of outputting completed bundles of studs and tracks.

Rollforming is the preferred equipment for this industry.

Purlin

The building and construction sector utilizes a number of Purlin profiles.  The common C purlin and Z purlin are generally manufactured with the same equipment and can include cutouts.

Appliance

The home appliance sector manufactures large volumes of products that utilize steel exteriors and frame structures requiring complex bends and folds.

Custom machinery is generally used to achieve these designs.

Shelving

Commercial and residential shelving and racking manufacturers benefit from the use of cold forming equipment by increasing capacity, quality and lower part costs.

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Benefits of Continuous Metal Forming

Roll forming equipment manufacture

Roll forming equipment is used to form, or bend, sheet metal in to a specific profile.  The flat metal sheet is either fed from a large coil roll mounted on an uncoiler or by pre-cut sheets of sheet metal.  How the roll forming process works is that the metal sheet will enter the first set of tooling and begin the process of forming.  Each progressive pass further bends the sheet until it’s final shape on the last pass.

Continual operation with repeatable quality are the hallmarks of roll forming.  This on-going process delivers maximum through-put for metal parts manufactures.   Maintenance is generally lower than other forms of metal bending with equipment life cycles approaching several decades.

Industries Utilizing Roll Forming Equipment

Many industries benefit from the use of a rollforming to manufacture metal parts.  The most common industries where these pieces of equipment can be found are.

Other product types;

  • Office Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Heating and Air conditioning
  • Corner bead
  • Fence
  • Appliance
  • Decking
  • Pre-engineered buildings
  • Sofit

Top 2 industries incorporating forming machinery

The building and construction industry has benefited the most from steel roll forming equipment. Many products are manufactured by forming steel sheets such as siding, roofing and steel studs. The automotive industry has also seen many uses for these machines. Largely from the need for highly precise parts production. IMN provides application process information so that specialists in roll forming machine manufacture industry can aquire more insight in to forming process.

Typical line configuration for  metal forming machinery

Most production facilities utilizing the steel forming process configure the machinery in almost the same method.  The production line can be broken down in to a number of sub-section or groups which each produce a specific function.  Within these processing groups the specific design or configuration of your machine would vary depending on the particular profile you’re producing.

Major groups of machinery used in the rollforming process.

Roll forming equipment for sale

In-feed material handling

  1. Coil loading equipment
  2. Uncoiler machine
  3. Coil safety arms
  4. Coil alignment system

Steel coil prep

  1. Coil flattener machine
  2. Coil lubrication system
  3. Optional inkjet marking systems

Pre-press stations

  1. Hole notching press
  2. Punch press

Rollformer mill

  1. Roll tooling stands
  2. Automatic gapping
  3. PLC Control station
  4. Material lubrication
  5. Emergency stop controls
  6. Gear boxes

Post-press stations and cut offs

  1. Hole notch press
  2. Cut to length cut-off press
  3. Flying cut-off systems
  4. Inkjet marking equipment

Discharge material handling

  1. Run off conveyor
  2. Reject device such as a kicker, air blast or diverting arm
  3. Stacker machine
  4. Bundler machine
  5. Strapper machine

For more information on rollforming solutions or a roll former quote contact us today.