What is Roll Forming-A History of Then and Now

What is Roll Forming-A History of Then and Now

Roll forming is the preferred method for most manufacturing companies to create different parts. This is because it is one of the simplest ways to manufacture different parts in large quantities as fast as possible.  But what is it exactly? In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about roll forming, a history of then and now. What is Roll Forming? In order to understand roll forming, you first need to know what rolling is. Rolling is a process of metal forming. In this process, metal stock is passed through one or more pairs of rolls to reduce its thickness. It also ensures that the thickness is uniform. With that being said, roll forming is a type of rolling. It involves the continuous bending of a long strip of sheet metal into the desired cross-section. The strip passes through sets of rolls mounted on consecutive stands. Each set performs an incremental part of the bend until the desired look is obtained. This form of rolling is ideal for producing constant-profile parts with long lengths and in large quantities. When Did Roll Forming Begin Roll forming began as early as 600 BCE in the Middle East and South Asia. There, they used the basics of what we know today as a rolling mill. However, more streamlined mills, closer to what we use today, were created across Europe and Britain. The design for these came from drawings done by Leonardo da Vinci. Slitting mills were created first. Slitting mills passed flat bars between rolls to form a plate of iron, which was then passed between grooved rolls to...
Manufacturing Opportunities in Michigan

Manufacturing Opportunities in Michigan

Job openings for manufacturing may be something you are struggling to find. Simply put, that is because you have not been looking in the right place. There are many manufacturing opportunities in Michigan available to you. In this article, you will find out more about the job openings for manufacturing. The Facts According to The National Association of Manufacturers over the next decade, nearly 3½ million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed. They also say that manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016. In 2016, manufacturing accounted for 11.7 percent of GDP in the economy. What does all of this tell us? It tells us that manufacturing is a booming business that continuously needs more people who are qualified individuals. There are many job openings for manufacturing now, and they will only continue to rise. Why are These Numbers So High The numbers above are so high because of supply and demand. Manufacturing in the United States is the ninth-largest economy in the world. With $2.1 trillion in value added from manufacturing in 2014, only eight other nations (including the U.S.) would rank higher in terms of their gross domestic product. Americans work hard to earn their money. However, interesting advertisements, ‘last minute’ check out items, and cool colors or designs send us reaching for our wallets. This creates more demand as stated earlier. With the demand comes the need for more job opportunities for manufacturing. The workers themselves receive great benefits because of this. In 2015, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $81,289 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all nonfarm...
We’re Making Moves in Our Tool Room: Growing and Expanding

We’re Making Moves in Our Tool Room: Growing and Expanding

At LTC Roll and Engineering, we are continuing to see growth and expansion. For this reason we’re making some space in our tool room. In 1967, we started a journey to provide the best roll formed tooling available. In the 50 years since then, we’ve grown into one of the world’s leading providers of quality rolled and stamped metal parts for the automotive industry. This also includes the largest car manufacturers in the world. As we move forward, we are pausing to reflect on where we’ve been, celebrating our achievements, and looking at the path ahead. A History of Growth   The early goals of the company was to deliver on-time, all the time, completely defect-free products to our customers. We set standards for the best quality tools while maintaining unbeatable levels of efficiency. Those first ten years were challenging, but so rewarding, and in them, we saw significant growth. In 1977, the company turned its sights toward manufacturing parts. Acquiring additional space and tooling, LTC Roll and Engineering realized its knack for manufacturing quality products and at competitive prices. The late 1980s saw expansion to a larger facility and continued growth in the quality and reputation of LTC Roll and Engineering’s work. In the new millennium, the growth and expansion continued. In 2001, an additional 150,000 square feet of manufacturing space was opened to foster even more growth. We are and have always been, proud to be a leader in the vast tradition of manufacturing in the United States. We have even expanded beyond our borders, enhancing the experience of, and service to, our customers. Expansion in Mexico   LTC Roll and Engineering...
Keeping Up with the Demands of Quality: New certification IATF 16949

Keeping Up with the Demands of Quality: New certification IATF 16949

Every company that produces or manufactures anything knows that you have to live and breathe quality control. This can be tedious. However, nothing is more important when you are manufacturing products, especially ones that are going to be used by consumers. As a result, safety and functionality must be right every time. For this reason, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) developed standards of quality control for the automotive industry. Here we will overview the IAFT, their new certification IATF 16949, and some other components of quality control. Who is IATF? The International Automotive Task Force describes themselves as an ad hoc group. Their purpose is to work to provide continuity, consensus, and improved quality around the globe in the automotive industry. With widely accepted standards, registration schemes, and training material, they are the “go to source” for automotive manufacturing quality. With this in mind, LTC Roll and engineering recognizes and seeks to adhere to these standards. It is our desire to offer the best products to automotive manufacturers around the world. The New Certification IATF 16949 This new certification is a replacement for the ISO/TS 16949. Given that, its primary goal and purpose are to inform automotive industry manufacturers about the processes that best lead to quality. These specifically relate to companies’ organizational systems and how they relate to and foster quality. Training and compliance will get a company to certification, an essential factor for automotive manufacturing companies. The 2016 update contains many changes and additions for businesses to learn, process, and integrate into their structure. Compliance Thankfully, there are dozens of websites online that can help a company register for the training and compliance...

Progressive Die Stamping for the Automotive Industry

LTC Roll has become a nationally, and internationally, recognized leader in progressive die stamping. Our highly skilled and proficient team do more than make quality parts quickly, affordably, and efficiently. Moreover, our years of experience add continued value to our client’s experience. Here is an overview of what it is and why we offer it as one of our four main competencies. What is Progressive Die Stamping?   Progressive die stamping is a widely used process for forming raw sheets of metal into varying parts for different client applications. As the name signifies, it is a process with many progressive steps. Each step builds on the one before it, to create the part our client desires. While each part has some potential variations in the process, the basic setup is similar and follows the following basic steps: 1.    First, a skilled employee inserts the strip of sheet metal into the die. Once placed correctly, the technician triggers the machine. 2.    Next, they adjust the strip and move it to the next step in the progression. The machine is then triggered again. 3.    This process is repeated over and over again throughout the shift. The number of steps in the process varies per part manufactured, but the result is the same. Once a section of metal goes through each step, the final step cuts the part of the larger sheet, which is then checked by the technician and placed with other completed parts.   What are the Benefits of Progressive Die Stamping?   One major advantage is the use of materials. The level of precision at which the dies...

How Women in Manufacturing are Changing the Game

When you think manufacturing, what do you picture? A dirty man in overalls sweating next to a smelting fire, right? Maybe not that exactly, but for the typical American, an iconic image on a manufacturing floor from the first half of the 20th century usually comes to mind. But today’s manufacturing is far from that. In fact women in manufacturing are changing the game. Sure, the look of manufacturing changes with more women involved because they look different than men, but that’s not what we have in mind. We’re talking about the perception of manufacturing being what you do when you have no education and no connections. Women in manufacturing are highly skilled workers who are sought after by manufacturing employers because they make businesses better, improve working environments, and broaden the skills of the companies for which they work.   Women are Making Companies More Competitive   Research has shown that diversity in a company’s workforce increases their competition with other businesses. Given that women are the largest section of the workforce, there is a great opportunity for women in manufacturing to raise the bar. Unfortunately, they are massively underrepresented in this industry. However, that only means that more opportunity exists for women to compete for these roles.   Diversity’s Wonderful Side Effect   It’s a little-known fact that diversity breeds happier employees that are more likely to stay with their companies. However, that’s exactly what research from 2013 shows. There is a connection between diversity and intent to stay. Since hiring women in manufacturing jobs brings more diversity to companies, it also increases the likelihood of employees...