Fereday Cylinder Co. Of Dudley in the West Midlands offer a full range of metal bending and forming
services to customers across a wide range of industries. These services include:
- Press braking, for forming pre-set bends in a sheet of metal using a clamping action. -
- Section rolling, for creating radiused conduits, angles and channels.-
- Plate rolling, which is discussed in detail below.-
- Weld preparation, including joint design.
- Tube manipulation, for tube of all materials and diameters.
Metal plate rolling is the process of gradually bending metal plate to form cylinders and cones. Plate of any thickness can be rolled on an appropriate plate rolling machine, but this method is usually used for larger products and heavier grade metal plate for which other metal forming techniques are not suitable – think of the huge cylindrical silos found at many industrial plants and on agricultural premises.
Plate rolling is performed on a plate rolling machine. Most of these machines take the form of three or four long steel cylinders which all lie parallel to one another. A metal plate is fed between the rollers, which are adjusted to create mechanical advantage to bend the plate in a controlled manner. Some steel plate rolling companies may only have one or two machines, but at Fereday Cylinder Co. of Dudley
we maintain 16 sets of plate rolling machines so you can be sure that whatever the size or material properties of the job, we’ll be able to supply you with exactly the product you need in the minimum time.
We can even offer ‘while you wait’ plate rolling services!
A metal plate must be carefully lined up as it is fed into a plate rolling machine to create satisfactory results. This means the front edge of the plate must be parallel to the rollers, otherwise the meeting edges of the resulting cylinder will not line up. The rollers then ‘pinch’ the plate providing the traction which will draw it through the machine. At this point in the procedure, the leading and trailing edges of the plate are ‘pre bent’ – that is, shaped in a similar manner as would occur using a press brake, to allow the rollers to grip the plate. The plate now passes back and forth through the plate rolling machine, with the rollers being adjusted on each pass to bring the metal closer to the desired shape.
Steel plate rolling is a highly skilled process. An experienced operator can produce cylinders, cones, and even spirals of any diameter from flat sheets of metal. However, the mark of a skilled machinist is not the number of forms they can produce, but the accuracy and consistency of their pieces over a range of grades and thicknesses of metal. Few heavy plate rolling companies in the West Midlands can compete with Fereday Cylinder Co. when it comes to the experience and expertise of our team, so get in touch today and discover what we have to offer you.