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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

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

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