HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
bobjengr
User Rank
Platinum
ROLLFORMING
bobjengr   3/6/2013 3:51:11 PM
NO RATINGS
Excellent article Dylan.  Rollforming is a very old technology but one that has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years.  The advent of machinery that will completely automate the roll forming process is available--at a price.  Set-up, of course, is dependent upon knowledgeable individuals  who know the equipment.   Some months ago I visited a company that manufactures corrugated roofing panels.  Their rollforming operation was a real eye-opener.  The speed at which the material was formed was absolutely amazing and the product was definitely well within specifications and tolerances.  I can't remember the number of feet produced each minute but the main impediment was storing the inventory.  They actually had two buildings for this.   As I recall, they produced six or seven colors using pre-painted material.  This company fabricated and maintained their own dies.  The owner indicated it was a real specialty and trusted no one to do that job.  Again, great article.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
High levels of automation mean...
TJ McDermott   3/6/2013 11:13:07 AM
NO RATINGS
High levels of automation mean the skills needed to maintain the equipment are also of a higher nature.

Even with the best-intentioned managers who pay for good maintenance training, not using the skills learned means they atrophy.  When it comes time to use the skills, they're only vague memories.

Getting good service might mean hiring outside specialists (from the manufacturer possibly), leading to longer down-times.

I'm not being luddite about this - I'm simply pointing out what comes along with automation.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Automation in Rollforming
Elizabeth M   3/5/2013 6:14:36 AM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for the informative article about something I haven't given much thought to until now, nor knew much about! It does make sense to move to automation in many industries, that's for certain. As, apresher said, it definitely isn't the other way around! And humans can be repurposed more effectively based on the processes machines take over...hopefully, anyway, rather than being displaced.

apresher
User Rank
Blogger
Automation in Rollforming
apresher   3/4/2013 5:07:56 PM
NO RATINGS
Good article.  Higher levels of automation is generally a job preserver and creator, and a way to achieve productivity, quality and cost improvements. There certainly isn't a trend to more manual labor in manufacturing.  Thanks.



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
Take a look at some of the best movies that include self-aware machines.
An engineer in the United Kingdom has found inspiration in nature for the design of bridges that are far stronger and more durable than current designs.
More:Blogs|News
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jul 11 - 15, Embedded System Design Techniques™ - Debugging Real-time Embedded Software – Hands on
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9 | 10


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service