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See Bradbury at GEAPS 2018 for Grain Bin Roll Forming Solutions!

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Mar 21, 2018 1:48:55 PM

The Bradbury Co., Inc. provides a complete turnkey integrated solution to grain bin production from a single source. Bradbury engineers and manufactures a premier line of heavy duty, fast, reliable, and accurate roll forming machines and related equipment that form all major grain bin components. Roll Forming line options include: Grain Bin Sidewall Lines, Roofing Lines, Floor Lines, Stiffener Lines, Roof Support Purlin Lines, and Ladder Rail & Rung Lines. 

Wide range of capabilities like stacking, curving, integrated robotics and laser cutting make Bradbury grain bin lines highly adaptable and productive. Our cutting- edge controls, optional download, and remote system access make our lines precise and durable; producing the highest quality components for the grain bin industry. 

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Topics: Grain Bin Manufacturing Equipment, Tradeshows

Protect Your Equipment Investment with Beck Automation's Connex

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Mar 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Beck Automation is a leading control system provider for the metal forming industry. Their products make production machines more efficient and profitable; designing controls and related products specifically for roll forming, cut-to-length, tube mills, portable roll formers, and folding machines. Beck Automation's Connex is a multi-user, web-based production management software that links your office to your plant floor. Connex offers job scheduling, coil tracking, customizable reports, the ability to import/export to your existing ERP software, and more. 

To assist customers with protecting their capital equipment investment, Beck Automation, a member of The Bradbury Group, developed a new module for Connex which helps regulate the equipment's preventative maintenance schedule. Benefits include keeping downtime to a minimum, increasing production, and in turn, increasing profits while providing on-time deliveries for customers. Once a machine’s maintenance schedule is set up in Connex, it will notify maintenance staff of upcoming tasks, provide detailed instructions on how to perform each task, and notify supervisors when tasks are past due or complete. 

Using Connex for Equipment Preventative Maintenance offers these Advantages: 

  • Protect the longevity of your machine
  • Increase production due to less unscheduled downtime
  • Schedule maintenance based on a specific manufacturer's recommendations
    • Tasks can be based on time, press cycles, or lineal footage
    • Includes tasks from greasing components, sharpening/replacing tools, to replacing roll tooling
    • Notify maintenance staff or superiors when maintenance is due/past due
    • Provide instructions for performing maintenance
      • Basic instructions, pictures, or video
    • Track all maintenance records
      • What tasks that have been performed
      • When tasks were performed
      • Who performed the tasks
      • The time required for tasks that were performed to assist with scheduling future maintenance
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Topics: Company News, Product Spotlight, Beck Automation

Samwoo Purchases Bradbury e-Drive® Leveler

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Feb 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

While the world was watching the 2018 Winter Olympics, The Bradbury Co., Inc. had reason to celebrate its own victory in South Korea: A Bradbury e-Drive® cassette leveler sold to Samwoo located in South Korea. The leveler will be ready for commissioning in mid-2018.

Samwoo Co., Ltd., a primary supplier to the automotive industry, purchased the 17 roll cassette e-Drive® leveler (Patent #8893537) with the Flat Trak® CL Series automatic monitoring system (Patent # 7185519) to improve the quality of material they provide to their automotive customers. Their goal is to consistently produce flat products.  Bradbury ran tests with various materials on e-Drive® levelers for Samwoo; the results provided the consistency they were looking for.  

Pictured Above: Mr. Dong-Kil Lee, Managing Director / Plant Manager for Samwoo (left), and Mr. Jim Sugars, Industry Sales Leader - Coil Processing Lines for The Bradbury Co., Inc. (Right)

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, Company News

Metform Designs Roll Tooling to Form UHSS Bed for 2019 GM Trucks

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Feb 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In 2017, Metform International Ltd., a member of The Bradbury Group of companies, produced numerous advanced sets of roll form tooling for the automotive industry; some of which were for the all new, redesigned GM truck.  As stated in the article from Motor Authority, GM is incorporating a high percentage of Ultra High Strength Steels in their new truck to shed a large amount of weight. Metform has played a key role in the production of these frame components. 

The stronger yet lighter truck bed is an important feature for the redesigned GM flagship truck.  Metform designed and manufactured the roll tooling necessary to form the new truck bed. This is the second generation of load floor roll tooling Metform has provided for GM truck beds. Metform is the only roll forming equipment manufacturer to produce sets of tooling for a high strength steel truck bed. 

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Topics: Company News, Metform

Custom Rollforming Corp Takes Your Project from Design to Fabrication

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Feb 19, 2018 9:33:11 AM

Custom Rollforming Corp., located in Moundridge, KS, is a custom roll form company which houses ten Bradbury roll forming lines in 51,000 square feet of manufacturing space and serves a variety of industries including agriculture, transportation, solar, and construction. Equipped to handle a wide variety of roll forming operations efficiently and economically, CRC can produce your simple or complex roll form shapes.

Production of consistently accurate roll formed parts begins with expert engineering and design assistance. As a member of The Bradbury Group, the synergy between CRC and the other Bradbury Group companies has benefited clients for over 50 years. Tooling is designed in-house by knowledgeable engineers using the latest CAD technology and is manufactured to exact specifications. CRC will store and maintain your tooling free of charge. If your tooling ever requires repair or replacement, CRC will take care of it. 

The CRC team will evaluate your requirements and develop an optimized production schedule that saves you time and money. CRC reviews production practices to comply with the latest industrial quality control standards and programs; adhering to project specific criteria requested by the clients.

View the new website at and the video below to see what Custom Rollforming Corp. has to offer. 

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Topics: Company News, Custom Rollforming Corporation

Bradbury to exhibit at IRE 2018 and Frame Building Expo 2018

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Jan 31, 2018 8:23:21 AM

The Bradbury Group will exhibit at the International Roofing Expo, @RoofingExpo   February 6 - 8, at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. We encourage you to stop by our booth, #1853, and visit with us about our extensive line of roll forming and coil processing equipment for the metal building and metal roofing industry.  

We will also be exhibiting February 14 - 16, 2018, at the Frame Building Expo in Columbus, OH, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Drop by and learn more about our product lines for the frame building industry. 

We manufacture a variety of roll formers including panel, purlin, and trim, Bradbury Long Folders, Panther Cub II™ Slitter/Shears, uncoilers, recoilers, hemmers, slitters, portable roll forming equipment, metal tile equipment, gutter machines, continuous and discontinuous insulated panel equipment, embossing and calendaring equipment, and Intelli-Fold®, SII™, and Cobalt™ controls.  

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Topics: Company News, Tradeshows

Bradbury AM400™ Produces Superior Steel Framing Parts for MRI

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Jan 29, 2018 8:30:00 AM

 MRI Steel Framing, located in Gary, IN, recently added a Bradbury AM400 structural roll forming line to its line-up of manufacturing equipment. The Bradbury AM400 is engineered to efficiently manufacture the highest quality commercial structural metal framing products in the building industry. 

Able to produce roll formed steel framing products up to 10-gauge thickness, and capable of producing a 16” web, 4” flange stud, and a 4” leg track, the AM400 gives MRI a competitive advantage in the steel framing market.  “This machine has provided optimal performance since the initial deployment. We hit the ground running; producing superior parts with minimal scrap. I am confident we will continue to grow our business in the industry with the reliability and durability of this Bradbury line,” stated Mark Krzyszton, Vice-President, Operations & General Manager for MRI Steel Framing.

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Topics: Company News, Recent Testimonials, Product Announcements, Steel Framing

Bradbury Receives Leveler and Laser Flat Trak® CL Testimonial

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Jan 10, 2018 8:09:46 AM

Dickie Jones, Plant Operations Manager at Centria in Frankfort, KY, USA, had this to say about their Bradbury e-Drive® leveler with the Flat Trak® CL monitoring system: 

“Our 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.”

The Flat Trak® CL Series measures, displays and makes automated adjustments to the leveler! 

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, Recent Testimonials

Increase Production with the Bradbury 8-Arm Turnstile

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Nov 8, 2017 4:19:37 PM

Dedicated to producing productivity-enhancing metal processing equipment, the Bradbury engineered and manufactured 8-arm turnstile will increase product output and prevent coil damage in your manufacturing line. 

Additional arms allow loaded coils to remain on the turnstile until they are depleted. By decreasing the amount of forklift and crane handling required, coil sag is reduced, material damage is diminished, and time is saved. 

By staging the coils based on production runs, 

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Topics: Metal Building Roll Forming, Company News, Product Announcements

Hayes Automated Purlin Stacker

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Sep 18, 2017 2:41:44 PM

 Hayes International, located in Rotorua, New Zealand, announces its new Automated Purlin Stacker. The stacker is capable of stacking six parts per minute including Cee, Zee, U, Single and Double Slope Eave, and Angle profiles. 

Supporting part lengths from 6 to 60 feet, and web widths between 4 and 16 inches, the stacker can be

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Topics: Metal Building Roll Forming, Company News, Product Announcements, Hayes International