Roll forming is all around. Yet, for many, it’s hard to recognize how roll forming techniques are applied in everyday life.
For example, walk into a grocery store and grab a carton of milk from the dairy section. There’s a good chance that the shelves of the refrigeration unit are roll formed.
Or on a Sunday when you want to clean the gutters, you might not realize that the rails on your trusty Little Giant ladder were redesigned and roll formed.
Roll forming is a highly stable and efficient metal fabrication technique than can be applied across many industries. Below are a few applications we chose to highlight in solar, agriculture, transportation and construction.
Roll Forming in 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 techniques offered by roll forming make it 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.
Roll Forming in 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.
- Shared services distribution.
Roll Forming in Transportation
The high-volume nature and complex geometry of transportation components make them ideal candidates for metal roll forming.
This metal forming technique lends itself well to high-volume parts, lengthy component production, secondary operation consolidation and a variety of metal types.
Roll forming can be used to fabricate components across many transportation applications. For example:
- Rail tracks.
- Grill bars.
- Box truck and trailer shell components.
- Truck and railcar frames.
- Guardrail beams.
Roll Forming in 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 in construction projects.
At Hynes Industries, we serve customers in diverse construction applications, including:
- Elevators and escalators.
- Garage doors.
- Ladders and scaffolding.
- Windows and doors.
While press braking or stamping can be better options for low-volume production and simpler components, the demands of the solar, transportation, agriculture and construction industries are ideal for roll forming.
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?