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ALLIANCE joins forces with MEMCO® in the metal embossing market

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on May 28, 2019 11:42:38 AM

Alliance Machine and Engraving, a member of The Bradbury Group, announces a formal agreement with the Memco® division of Pamarco Global Graphics. Alliance is now the exclusive provider of all marketing, maintenance and production of Memco® brand Metal Embossing Machinery and Roll Sets, Matched Steel Roll Sets and Mill Engraved Products. 

“We celebrate the next step in our continued growth by teaming up our engraving expertise at Alliance with the well-known, highly respected and long-standing Memco® brand in metal embossing machinery and matched steel roll sets,” said Alliance’s Vice President of Sales, Brad Foster. 

Tom Greenberg, Alliance president and founder commented, “We are pleased to finalize this Agreement.  Our customers gain technology benefits from the synergies created by the Alliance-Memco® Agreement and the quality and service Alliance has become known for in the industry.” 

Memco® brand components and units can be seamlessly manufactured and serviced from our modern Alliance facility in Ashland, VA, or through The Bradbury Group divisions around the globe.  Hardened steel mill masters and engraving stands from Memco® will be transitioned to Alliance over the next 12 months as we ramp up manufacturing. The plan going forward is to retain all Memco® agents in Europe, Central America, South America, Asia and Africa.   

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Topics: Company News, Alliance

Bradbury Celebrating 60 Years of Innovation

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on May 22, 2019 10:52:06 AM

2019 marks the 60th year of continued growth and innovation at The Bradbury Co., Inc. We pride ourselves on being a global company which is still family owned and operated. Building on the solid work ethic of our employees and the guidelines of our company’s “Values & Beliefs,” our team focuses on creating a work environment that promotes integrity, trust, personal growth, communication, and strong relationships.

The Bradbury Co., Inc. was founded in 1959 by Floyd Bradbury and Jack Lacy as Roll Formed Products, Inc. They manufactured roll formed products and roller die tooling for customers involved in production roll forming. In 1964 Floyd renamed the company The Bradbury Co., Inc. and moved the company to an egg room of an old creamery building in Moundridge. It was in the creamery building that Floyd Bradbury designed the company’s first roll former to form awnings for a Hutchinson, KS, company. Today, you can find the first roll former on display in the Bradbury “Hall of Fame.”

In 1972 The Bradbury Co., Inc. purchased 12.5 acres of land at the south end of the Moundridge Industrial Park and Airport Complex. A 25,000 square foot building was built on the site. Currently, the Moundridge location serves as The Bradbury Group World headquarters with 350 employees and approximately 222,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space. Through acquisitions and partnerships, The Bradbury Group brings together manufacturers of related products from around the world; employing 665 people, utilizing 600,000 square feet of space in 10 manufacturing facilities around the world. We have a presence on 5 continents, in 9 time zones, with equipment operating in 89 countries.

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Topics: Company News

FAQ: what thickness of steel can be processed on a bradbury hydraulic leveler?

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on May 10, 2019 9:15:00 AM

Bradbury's largest leveler series to date includes a heavy gauge eDrive® leveler (U.S. Patent #8893537) and production shear, capable of processing 1.0” thick by 120” wide hot rolled steel. The leveler has 8.5” diameter work rolls, two 250 Horsepower motors and can impart up to 8,200,000 lbs. of hydraulic leveling force to the material it processes. The shear is equipped with an automated cartridge blade change system which reduces the changeover time when shear blade sharpening is required. The cartridge can be extracted from the shear’s main frame in approximately three minutes. It requires the same amount of time to reinsert the cartridge making it ready for production. The heavy-duty machinery is controlled by an industrial touchscreen PC running proprietary software. The software is intuitive, allowing for saved setup parameters for future recall. 

The Bradbury Series of eDrive® levelers range from .015” (.38mm) to 1.0” (25mm) material capacity. 

When combined with the Bradbury Flat Trak® CL (U.S. Patent #7185519) and the Bradbury Bow Scout® (U.S. Patent #9021844), Bradbury eDrive® levelers offer you the most advanced leveling system in the world. 

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, FAQ

"One Bradbury Group" Global Sales Meeting

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Apr 9, 2019 9:44:33 AM

The 2019 Bradbury Group Global Sales Meeting, held April 2nd and 3rd, brought approximately 50 Global Sales Team members from USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia, India, Australia, and New Zealand to The Bradbury Group World Headquarters in Moundridge, KS. This year’s theme, “One Bradbury Group”, focused on global teamwork, service, and building rapport with our customers to be the most trusted and preferred supplier in the global markets we serve.

Day one was held in the Bradbury Training Center. Representatives from each company within the Bradbury Group presented strategies, success stories, and new equipment technology. Striving for continuous improvement, we invited David Higgins, owner of Higgins Steel Roofing, to address the team regarding why he prefers Bradbury equipment and service; providing us with customer insight to our advantages and areas we need to enhance.

The Bradbury leadership team joined the Global Sales Team in Wichita for day two. Graham Oakley, with Samuel Nelson Technology, gave a presentation on Push-Pull Pickling Lines.  Athader S.L., a Bradbury Group company, and Samuel Nelson Technology have a strategic bidding agreement to jointly market and sell push-pull, semi-continuous and continuous pickling lines on a global basis, excluding North America. The remainder of the day we focused on sales training and team building sessions.

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Topics: Company News

Complete Insulated Metal Panel Lines from Bradbury Group

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Mar 25, 2019 9:30:00 AM

To best serve the growing Insulated Metal Panel Industry, The Bradbury Group offers complete Insulated Metal Panel production lines. The Bradbury Co., Inc., located in Moundridge, KS, designs and manufactures uncoilers, coil handling equipment, roll formers, double belt conveyors, and flying saws for the IMP industry. Additional specialized Group manufacturing facilities include punch and die tooling from Marion Die & Fixture in Kansas, control integration from Beck Automation in Missouri, and rotary embossers from Alliance Machine and Engraving in Virginia.

 

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Topics: Company News, Insulated Panels Manufacturing

Bailey Metal Products Purchases Athader Slitting Line

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Dec 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Bailey Metal Products Ltd. and Athader S.L., a member of The Bradbury Group®, are pleased to announce Bailey Metal Products has purchased a High Strength Slitting Line from Athader. The line will be installed in Bailey’s new manufacturing facility in Surrey, British Columbia, and will have the capability of slitting 0.135” x 62” x 60,000 lbs. coils and includes a high-speed packaging line. The line will feature state-of-the-art automation, including double eccentric slitter heads and loop doubler for precise slit edge tolerances and a highly automated slit coil packaging line. 

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, Company News

Bradbury Helps inspire Next Generation of Manufacturers

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Oct 17, 2018 1:41:11 PM

Moundridge, KS – The Bradbury Co., Inc., serving as the world headquarters for the global group of companies known as The Bradbury Group, hosted a Manufacturing Day Open House on Thursday, October 4. According to the Manufacturing Day® website, www.mfgday.com, “Manufacturing Day® is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and occurs on the first Friday in October.”

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Topics: Company News, FAQ

Metform Automotive Roll Forming Machinery - Your Competitive Edge

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Aug 7, 2018 9:20:28 AM

Metform International Ltd.a member of The Bradbury Group of companies, specializes in the design and manufacture of Roll Forming Machinery Coil Processing Equipment. Metform strives to build a highly skilled, extremely dedicated team of employees.  Everyone from sales to manufacturing has a passion for creating robust, well designed equipment many loyal customers rely on. The innovation that goes into Metform's machinery is the result of working closely with customers and developing equipment that best fits their production needs and gives them a competitive edge. 

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Topics: Metform

Custom Rollforming Corp. Transitions To New Leadership

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Jul 5, 2018 9:21:00 AM

Custom Rollforming Corp, a member of The Bradbury Group, continues to look forward - planning a path to best serve our expanding customer base. We are happy to announce a transition in leadership at CRC. Working together, this team will position us for the future. 

Bryan Smith, a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, will step into his new role as General Manager of CRC beginning July 1. He will set the vision and direction for future growth. Bryan has been with CRC for the past six months as the National Sales Director, focusing on sales growth and familiarizing himself with our operations. Prior to joining CRC, Bryan worked for 15 years at Titan Trailer Mfg. in Waterville, KS. Beginning his career as a design engineer, he spent the last 13 years as production manager where he was involved with customer service and all aspects of daily manufacturing management.

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Topics: Company News, People on the Move, Custom Rollforming Corporation

Bradbury's Jim Sugars to Present   "When Flat Isn't Flat" at SEAISI

Posted by Rachel Grilliot on Jun 22, 2018 9:50:41 AM

Jim Sugars, Industry Sales Leader - Flat Products for The Bradbury Group of Companies, will be presenting at the South East Asia Iron and Steel Institute Conference. The conference will be held June 25 – 28 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

A common issue manufacturers face is providing flat material to their customers. What appears to be flat, is not. The problem is residual stress in the steel.  Jim’s presentation, “When Flat isn’t Flat – Equalizing Internal Stresses Through Roller Leveling,” will cover newly developed methods of equalizing the internal stress allowing the strip to stay flat after secondary operations. By implementing the latest technologies, an operator can understand the strip condition more than ever before, providing end-users with the flat product they require.

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Topics: Leveling and Coil Processing, Company News