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FAQ: How is End Flare controlled in Roll Formed Profiles?

Posted by Matt Werner on Jun 18, 2020 9:21:49 AM

End flare can be inherent in roll formed parts, especially when produced on a precut roll forming line as opposed to a post cut line which forms the panel first and then shears it to length.  The amount of flare depends on the tooling design, the use of anti-flare fixtures, material type and strength, profile or a combination of these factors.  Excessive end flare in roll formed shapes can cause issues when installing and end lapping panels. Purlins used in rigid frame building structures are heavy gauge deep sections which can have more end flare.  When forming a purlin, it will naturally flare in on the leading edge and out on the trailing edge. In other words, the leg angles on the leading edge are typically over 90 degrees, while the trailing edge leg angles are under 90 degrees.  The returns lips can also have flare making it difficult when face to face welding cee sections.  Just a few degrees of end flare on an eave strut can cause a high spot in the roof panel that is fastened to this section.  

To minimize and control flare in purlins, Bradbury incorporates an anti flare fixture into the straightener at the end of the machine.  Both the drive and operator side have a three-roll configuration to independently control the flare on either side of the part.  The position of the center roll must satisfy both the leading and trailing flare. This can be a balancing act, due to a single adjustment affecting both. With that said, operators will typically find that middle ground on the center roll adjustment that adequately reduces the flare on the leading and trailing ends to within tolerance.

Servo driven auto anti flare fixtures are different to stationary anti flares on the straightener fixture.  

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Topics: Metal Building Roll Forming, Product Spotlight, Metal Roofing, Steel Framing, FAQ

Bradbury Promotes Ben Schmidt to Industry Sales Manager

Posted by Matt Werner on Feb 17, 2020 11:20:25 AM

Bradbury announces the promotion of Ben Schmidt to Industry Sales Manager. He has been with Bradbury for 14 years, serving as Industry Sales Leader since 2015.  In this new role Ben will lead a team to manage all facets of sales and customer relationships in the Metal Building, Decking and Trim Shop industries as well as speak directly into equipment Research and Development.  Ben will work closely with Ryan Durst - Bradbury President, Matt Werner - Senior Manager Inside Sales and Global Marketing, and Greg Smith – Vice President R&D Engineering & Market Development. 

“Ben has consistently proven his ability to sell into multiple industries and build personal connections and relationships.  He has a deep understanding of customer requirements and technical industry needs.  We are very pleased to promote him to this leadership role,” commented Ryan Durst. 

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Topics: Company News, Promotions

FAQ: what does it take to MANUFACTURE Metal Building Panels with felt underlayment that lay flat?

Posted by Matt Werner on Apr 16, 2019 10:33:18 AM

Metal Building panels with felt underlayment applied can look just as good as panels manufactured without.  However, it does take some changes in the roll tooling design.

The demand for felt applied metal roof and wall panels is growing, typically used for controlling condensation build up or sometimes used for sound deadening applications.  Many manufacturers have tried to apply the felt on their existing panel roll forming lines and have found it can be difficult to produce a panel without major cupping.  Usually the overlap and underlap sides of the panel curl up several inches. 

Panel issues when felt underlayment is applied and formed with standard tooling

This has caused problems for panel producers with appearance and wavy panels after installation.  Manufacturers often try to raise the roll tooling to allow for the additional material thickness, which loses the effective over form needed to keep the panel within specifications.  

Bradbury High Speed Underlayment Fixture Before B.O.S.S.™ Shear

 

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Topics: Metal Building Roll Forming, Company News, FAQ

Climate Craft, Inc. Testimonial: Automated Production Systems

Posted by Matt Werner on Jan 1, 2018 12:00:00 AM

The Bradbury Co., Inc. received a testimonial from a valued customer, Climate Craft, Inc.

"Bradbury engineered our system as a versatile, dual-mode line which allows us to precut blanks as well as postcut short finished parts using a sophisticated double acting shear. With this setup, the overall scrap is exceptionally low, the net throughput is excellent, and the part quality is outstanding.

 

Our final assembled product requires tight tolerance parts. The parts produced on the Bradbury system are held to non-accumulative tolerances which enhance the final assembly.

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Topics: Insulated Panels Manufacturing, Customer Testimonials

Villacero Testimony: QTR™ Purlin Rollformers

Posted by Matt Werner on Dec 27, 2017 8:54:00 AM

 

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Topics: Metal Building Roll Forming, Customer Testimonials

Duggan Profiles and Steel Service Center: QTR Purlin Rollformers

Posted by Matt Werner on Dec 18, 2017 9:30:00 AM

 

The Bradbury Co., Inc. received a testimonial from a valued customer, Duggan Profiles &Steel Service Center Ltd..  

"When we were looking to purchase a new purlin line, our main objectives were to produce a quality roll-formed product from Sigma to Cee sections facilitating all punching and notching details that our customers require; to have a flexible line that would enable us to reduce lead time from order time to delivery time; to link our production line to the customer’s CAD software therefore reducing large amounts of repetitive administration and errors that can be associated with double-entry of orders; and to have the capacity to roll high grade steel from 1.2 mm to 3.2 mm material thickness.

 

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Topics: Metal Building Roll Forming, Customer Testimonials

MBCI Testimony: QTR™ & Bardie Cartridge™

Posted by Matt Werner on Nov 14, 2017 9:25:00 AM

 

The Bradbury Co., Inc. received a testimonial from a valued customer, MBCI.  

 

"Our objective with the QTR™ was to make our changeovers quicker. MBCI went with the Bardie Cartridge™ Adjustment on each of the rollforming stands. This allowed operators to change material thickness without having to adjust the rolltooling manually. As the thicker material enters into each roll station, the compressed Bardie Cartridge™ allows the material to feed through with the correct form. The Bardie Cartridge™ is accurate and repeatable. The rollformer comes with an easy calibration tool which is incorporated as part of the preventative maintenance schedule to check twice every year.

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Topics: Metal Building Roll Forming, Customer Testimonials

Centria Testimonial: Roller Leveler

Posted by Matt Werner on Aug 16, 2017 8:48:00 AM

 

The Bradbury Co., Inc. received a testimonial from a valued customer, Centria.

 

"Our NEW Auto Selective Hydraulic leveler from Bradbury is an awesome machine!  By running in automatic mode and letting the leveler adjust itself, we achieve an in-house material flatness within ½ an I-Unit or less instead of the usual five to ten I-Units from outside sources. The steel and aluminum sheets from this machine are so flat you can’t physically find material issues. We now have zero problems feeding a production machine that requires sheet flatness to be within .004."

Dickie Jones

Plant Operations Manager

Centria

Frankfort, KY

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Topics: Customer Testimonials

Bradbury forms Strategic Alliance with LaserCoil

Posted by Matt Werner on Jan 12, 2017 10:41:59 AM

 The Bradbury Group has entered into a strategic alliance with LaserCoil Technologies LLC (Napoleon, OH). Through this agreement both companies will promote turnkey coil fed laser blanking solutions to their traditional markets.

“Adding laser blanking to our capability is a great extension of our product offering,” said Bradbury Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ryan Durst. “We are excited to offer our customers this level of flexibility in producing high quality blanks.”

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Topics: Company News, Product Announcements

Bradbury's eDrive® Levelers Featured in Modern Metals Magazine

Posted by Matt Werner on Jun 13, 2016 8:51:20 AM

The Bradbury Group was recently featured in Modern Metals Magazine with Aceros Tepotzotlán, who recently purchased a 3/4" X 96": Cut to Length Line with eDrive® Levelers. The article details Aceros Tepotzotlán's move to bring processing in house to produce steel plate with superior features. You can read the article by visiting their website here: http://www.modernmetals.com/item/13350-moving-markets.html 

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing