The underground mining/boring industry has always employed some of the most creative, hands-on workers. One entrepreneur in Missouri used a rolled and welded plate cylinder as the base ring for a 36″ diameter drill bit for underground directional boring. Welding hardened steel cutting teeth to the ring made the product very cost effective. The 3/4″ x . . . → Read More: Angle Rings and Rolled Plate Cylinders: Creativity in the Underground Mining Industry
Designers, detailers, and fabricators commonly debate the correct formula for a blank length of bent plates. A trial run is always good practice when forming on a press brake because metals stretch so differently on different setups.
This confusion does not need to carry over into the rolling of plate, since the radius is larger than 3 . . . → Read More: Calculating the Developed Length of a Rolled Cylinder
A common application for curved stainless steel sheet and plate is in the brewing process. And craft beer is one of the fastest growing segments in the beverage industry. In 2011, the industry experienced 13% growth; in 2012, 15%.
To meet that demand, new breweries are constantly opening, and existing breweries are adding tanks to increase their . . . → Read More: Bending Stainless Steel Sheet and Plate for Breweries
Most curving of steel discussed on this blog is done on section benders or plate rolls. But curving steel plate through the use of a press brake with radius dies is also done. As the ram presses the steel plate down with a convex die, the plate is pressed into a matching concave die to achieve . . . → Read More: Putting Curves in Steel Plate by Bending on a Press Brake
Rolled steel shapes, whether used in construction or as component parts of equipment, are often welded together to form rings and cylinders. Different metal fabricators perform different types of welding depending on their expertise and their customers’ requirements.
For example, companies that make cylinders for pressure vessels often have the plate rolling capacity and code welders to . . . → Read More: Welding Steel Shapes that Have Been Rolled
Steel cones have many uses: as ornamental iron components, as funnels, as chutes, and as transitions in metal ductwork to name just a few.
Steel plate is formed into cones primarily by either rolling the plate in a plate roll or forming the plate with radius dies in a press brake. Some companies “step brake” lines into . . . → Read More: Rolling Steel Plate into Cones
Equipment manufacturers often purchase rolled steel sections–angles, bars, beams, tees, pipe and tube–that are formed to a specified radius by companies that specialize in curving metal.
Especially when developing new curved parts, the process usually takes the form of an engineer contacting the Bender/Roller asking if a particular metal section can be curved to a given radius . . . → Read More: Rolled Steel Sections: Feedback to Suppliers is Critical
Recently we rolled steel plate for a staircase inside the 5 Crescent Drive building in The Navy Yard located in Philadelphia. The 205,000 square-foot, four-story facility will be designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible designation in the internationally recognized sustainable building rating system. Due to the LEED Platinum status all material had to . . . → Read More: Rolling Steel Plate for LEED Certification
As Helium (He) processing is boosted in reaction to the world’s cry for a solution to the helium shortage, new helium processing plants are going up throughout the world. The cryogenic treatment of helium uses a great deal of aluminum pipe as critical members in the transferring of the helium liquid and gas as it is . . . → Read More: Rolling Aluminum Cans for Helium (He) Processing Facilities
Designers, architects, owners, engineers, structural steel fabricators – anyone who is interested in using curved steel shapes in their buildings, equipment or other structures can benefit from entering into a dialogue with companies that specialize in curving steel.
While there are copius manuals and guides for what pipe can be bent successfully on rotary draw benders, there is . . . → Read More: Curving Steel Shapes: The Importance of Record Keeping