Can your application save money through roll forming?March 4, 2015 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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Roll forming is a process in which a strip of metal, usually in coil form, is continuously passed through a series of roll dies and progressively formed to a desired profile. It can eliminate secondary process operations, sub-assembly and finishing operations, resulting in increased production speeds and reduced costs. Another plus: roll formed material typically results in structural strength advantages over other processes.
With such important gains to be realized, you may be wondering if your application can benefit from roll forming. Nu-Tech Roll Forming, one of North America’s premiere roll forming companies, has answered five important questions to help you understand whether the process is for you.
1. What materials can be roll formed?
Roll Forming is suitable for almost all metals. Some of the most common are: galvanized steel, stainless steel, carbon steel, brass, copper, zinc and titanium. It is also ideal for various pre-finished metals.
2. What type of shapes can be roll formed?
Many shapes can be easily roll formed. Although not all shapes may appear to be suitable, it is worth considering this process in your evaluation. In many cases, an experienced roll former can provide alternate designs to fit your needs.
3. What is involved in designing and manufacturing a new part?
Custom roll forming is a creative process. An experienced roll former can assist you in the early planning stages to develop a design which optimizes manufacturing feasibility and minimizes cost.
4. Can roll formed parts save labour and inventory cost?
Yes. A custom roll former can provide finished components, cut to various lengths, ready for assembly in your production. This reduces manufacturing floor space in your plant, and reduces scrap loss. By eliminating secondary operations, labour costs are also greatly reduced.
5. What industries benefit from custom roll formed parts?
Virtually any industry may benefit from the flexibility of the roll forming process. In addition to being able to adhere to tight tolerances, the ability to provide multiple lengths from the same set of tooling minimizes investment costs. Any component that typically requires multiple process operations may benefit from a roll formed design.
Contact Nu-Tech Roll Forming for help evaluating whether roll forming would benefit your company.