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Roll forming your own metal

Almost every business looks for ways to become more efficient while lowering their outgoings. If you provide metal products, a metal roll forming machine can help you do just that.

Posted by Ben Browne on Tuesday, 31st August 2021

What is roll forming?

Metal roll forming is the process of gradually bending strip metal or coiled metal by feeding it through a series of rollers to create a longitudinal, uniform profile.

The metal doesn’t need to be heated up to achieve this, which can help improve the quality and durability of the final piece. Roll forming machines are used to create products and parts for a huge number of industries. In fact, almost everywhere you look, you’ll find items that have been produced in this way.

Roll forming benefits

There are a considerable number of benefits to roll forming your own metal. These include:

In-line features Order volume flexibility Complex profiles with intricate bending Tight, repeatable tolerances Minimal tool maintenance Ability to form high-strength metals Control and ownership of tooling Less scrap or waste metal

Roll forming applications

Roll forming machines can be used for a vast number of applications. If you require repeating punch patterns, need to create products where tool marks would be considered unacceptable, are creating complex cross-sections, or need to manipulate long, slender shapes, a metal roll forming machine could be the ideal solution. Some typical products include: Railings Roofing and siding Commercial roofs Construction farming Tubing Windows Door components Elevators Trains, planes, and automobiles ##### Should you outsource your roll forming needs? If a roll former is required for your business or project, you will need to consider whether to do this in-house or outsource your requirements. Bringing a roll former into your business is a significant investment. However, doing so can be very cost-effective if your operations and goals make it so. You’ll need to research the best quality machines, decide whether to buy new or second-hand, and ensure anyone who is going to be in charge of operating the machine is trained on how to use it. You’ll need to calculate the cost of the equipment (both the initial cost and maintenance costs) vs the ROI to ensure investing in the machine is a good idea. ##### Investing In Your Roll Forming Machine - We’re Here To Help Making the decision to fabricate your own metal is exciting and could lead to a more efficient, productive, and lucrative business. Here at Roll Forming LLC, we have years of knowledge and expertise as well as a fantastic range of top-quality roll forming machines to get you started. If you aren’t sure which roll forming machine is right for your needs, get in touch with our team, and we will be happy to advise you. Alternatively, you can browse our range of roll forming machines here.

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