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25 Commonly Overlooked Roll Forming Applications

Posted by Phil Misch on December 17, 2014

img-2416modifiedRoll forming is all around. You just might not know where to look.

For many, it’s hard to recognize how roll forming applies to everyday life. 

For example, walk into a grocery store and grab some milk from the dairy section. There’s a good chance that the shelves of the refrigeration unit are roll formed. 

Or it’s Sunday, and you want to clean the gutters. What you might not realize is that the rails on your trusty Little Giant ladder were redesigned and roll formed.

Roll forming is a highly stable and efficient metal fabrication process than can be applied across many industries. Below are a few applications we chose to highlight in aerospace, agriculture, construction and solar.

Aerospace 

Few industries value weight reduction more than aerospace. Roll forming can help reduce unnecessary part complexity and weight. Both are critical to many applications in the aerospace sector, including:

  • Commercial and defense applications.
  • Aircraft components (LCA, rotor, unmanned).
  • Engine components.
  • Maintenance equipment.
  • Ground-level equipment (baggage, supplies).
  • Training and simulation components.

Agriculture

Many parts and pieces make up the complex machinery and equipment used in agriculture. Roll forming is an attractive process for farm equipment manufacturers because it can typically reduce weight and significantly improve the in-field lifespan of equipment.

Through roll forming’s in-line processing capabilities, you can eliminate heavy hot-roll components and fasteners on equipment involved in:

  • Crop farming.
  • Livestock management.
  • Horticulture.
  • Greenhouses.
  • Shared services distribution.

Construction

No matter the application, fabricating metal components for construction boils down to cutting weight, simplifying production and reducing cost.

Whether consolidating HVAC components to eliminate assembly; processing long, complex embossed aluminum shapes; or redesigning a product to cut waste, weight and manufacturing steps, there are many ways roll forming helps solve metal fabrication challenges.  

At Hynes Industries, we serve customers in diverse construction applications, including:

  • Cranes.
  • Electrical.
  • Elevators and escalators.
  • Garage doors.
  • HVAC.
  • Ladders and scaffolding.
  • Security.
  • Windows and doors.

Solar 

In today’s competitive commercial solar landscape, solar panel and mounting manufacturers must find new ways to cut costs without sacrificing quality. The stable and high-yield roll forming process is the perfect production method to reduce solar mounting manufacturing costs.

There are a variety of applications for roll forming within the solar industry, including: 

  • Ground mount racking.
  • Ground pilings.
  • Module rails.
  • Panel support channels.
  • PV framing.
  • Roof mount racking.

The above applications are on the tip of the iceberg. In order to help cut down on design time for roll formed applications and save money, download our free Standard Profile Engineering Guide. 

What applications in your industry could you see benefiting from being roll formed? 

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Topics: roll forming