The MetalForming Process and Product Lines

The MetalForming Process and Product Lines.

Metalforming is a general term that encompasses a wide variety of sheet metal manufacturing processes. It also happens to be the name of  our company.

At MetalForming, Inc., those metal fabrication processes include coil processing, slitting, shearing, rollforming, metal folding, decoiling and curving solutions.

We work closely with the best manufacturers of metal fabrication machines in the world to bring equipment to the North American market that specifically meets the needs of the metal roofing and building industry here.

Whether you are a large manufacturer of metal roofing components, or a regional roofing contractor, we have the equipment in our product lines to help you meet your customers’ needs in ways that will help you get work done faster,  with better quality and a lower parts manufacturing cost.

A quick overview of some of our metal fabrication solutions can help you understand the metal forming processes and zero in on the products that are right for your business needs.

What is coil processing? What is coil handling?

Coil processing involves manipulation of large sheet metal coils to accomplish a number of value-adding activities, including cutting-to-length, shearing, slitting and the production of sheet metal blanks. Coil handling generally describes the process of taking metal coils that can weigh up to 11,00 pounds and moving them into position for decoiling and other coil processing activity. In some manufacturing operations, coils are moved manually, with a forklift. In the most advanced operations, the coils are warehoused so they are accessible by a manipulator that can pick up, move and complete a coil changeover in less than a minute.  MetalForming has solutions across the spectrum to meet all coil processing needs.

At the top of the line is the Centurio, a fully automated sheet metal cutting, coil handling and warehousing system. The coil warehousing system can be configured to a customer’s needs and can handle from 5 to more than 70 coils. Continuous length slitting is done by up to 8 pairs of automatic positioned cutting knives and the diagonal cutting by a guillotine shear.

The Schlebach Slasher with Rotary Shear (RS) is a premier cut-to-length system for metal building and architectural sheet metal businesses – the first high-quality slitter designed to be both affordable and engineered for the long haul. Make automatic production of precise sheet metal blanks faster, easier and far less costly. A single operator can load coil, set knives, program lengths and run any quantity of blanks at 105′ per minute – with accuracy of +/- 1/16″.

 

The Schlebach Slasher GS takes Slasher RS technology to a higher level of speed, strength and

stacking ease with a 13 gauge guillotine shear for exit shearing.  The massive guillotine shear addition reduces exit shearing cycle speed by 70% – down to 1.2 seconds!

The Schlebach Taper Slasher is ideal for slitting tapered pieces from coil at speeds of up to 60 feet per minute.

 

The Jorns Mini Service Center is the most affordable and flexible system on the market. Its features, and multiple options, allow smaller metal component manufacturers and roofing manufacturers to compete with the big boys.

 

What is slitting? What is shearing?

Slitting is a type of metal cutting process where large rolls, or coils, of sheet metal stock are cut using extremely sharp rotary blades. In metal slitting, straight lines are cut lengthwise into the large coil to create strips of metal that are narrower in width. As the coil runs through the slitter, circular blades – one upper, the other lower – make the cuts. These are commonly called knives and can be moved to make sheet metal strips of differing widths. In metal fabrication, slitters often come equipped with multiple knives.

Shearing more commonly refers to making cuts across the width of a coil. Shearing is done with a rotary shear,  such as in the Schlebach Slasher with Rotary Shear, or a gullotine shear, such as in the Schlebach GS or the Centurio. The Centurio is also a tremendous slitter with programmable knives settings, but MetalForming also has affordable multi-tasking machines like the Jorns Mini Service Center and the Schlebach Mini Prof-Plus that enable metal fabricators of  any size to make the parts they need. And MetalForming has the complete line of Schechtl Shears, considered the leading architectural shears in the industry because of smart designs honed over decades of sheet metal experience.

 What is sheet metal folding?

Sheet metal folding is the pressing and shaping sheet metal on a press brake (also known as a bend press or a folder), in order to make metal components, such as gutters, roof panels, brackets, etc.

MetalForming, Inc.  is the largest distributor of sheet metal folders in the world. The sales and service employees at MetalForming have 197 years of combined experience with folding technology.

Our products will solve any folding need you have. We have short folders like the Schechtl MAX, the most popular sheet metal break in North America. It comes with a heavy-duty solid steel folding beam and features bending capacities from 20 to 11 gauge, with a back gauge accuracy of +/- .004″. And we have long folders like the Jorns EcoTwinmatic, the most advanced folder on the market today that comes in standard lengths of from 10 to 40 feet. And we have everything in between.

What is Rollforming?

Rollforming is a continuous bending operation in which a long strip of  sheet metal (typically steel) is passed through sets of rolls mounted on consecutive stands, each set performing only an incremental part of the bend, until the desired cross-section profile is obtained. Roll forming is ideal for producing consistent-profile parts with long lengths and in large quantities – such as metal roof panels.

At MetalForming, we offer the best and most sought after rollformers on the market, and for all budgets. The product line includes Schlebach portable rollformers, including the incredible workhorse the Quadro Cinco and in-plant rollforming machines, such as the VIPRO SF 400 CL.

What is decoiling?

Decoiling is the action of unwinding a parent coil, making it flat and cutting it into sheets. These sheets can be varied in length to suit the customer requirements.

The parent coil is unwound and passed through a leveling head. This is a bank of hardened rolls positioned above and below the passing steel sheet. The rolls have a controlled level of pressures placed on them at varying intensity and location. Curvature that existed in the material leaving the parent coil is then fully removed to create a flattened product. When sufficient material has been flattened a shear is used to cut it to length.

Products like the Centurio and the Jorns Mini Service Center include decoiling capabilities, as do other MetalForming coil processing machines. In addition, MetalForming offers a wide selection of the best powered and manual decoilers from Sen Fung.

What is sheet metal curving?

Sometimes you don’t want to take the curve out of coiled sheet metal.  Sometimes you want to put it in. MetalForming has curving solutions for every metal roofing problem. Our goal is always to make the process of making perfect parts easy every time. For production of curved profile panels or for applications such as dormers, arches, cupolas, and barrel roofs, the Schlebach RBM is the right machine.   The Schlebach RBM 50 is a 2″ structural standing seam panel curver that allows users to curve structural steel to meet the toughest wind-safety standards.

Whether it’s bending, folding, curving, straightening,, shearing, slitting, rollforming or all of the above, MetalForming has the right product and price point to meet your needs. Check out the options on our web site and contact us at 770-631-0002 for more information.

November 25, 2015 Posted by: