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When the C channel is placed on its side, it forms a C shape, which is where the name comes from. Read More…

C Channels C channels are primarily used in construction and engineering. A C channel is a type of beam with a wide middle section with two flanges coming up from only one side of the flat surface.
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Skokie, IL  |  847-965-6700

Our roll forming is among the best in the world. Located in Chicago, Illinois we are able to provide products to the world. We have technicians that are able to work with you in order to come up with the product that you have been searching for.

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Samson Roll Formed Products Company $$$

Berkeley, IL  |  708-449-7050

Johnson Bros. is a leading manufacturer when it comes to roll forming metals, pre-finished and plain. Such as profiles, U-Channels, C-Channels, J-Channels, Hat Channels, Box Channels, Zee Channels, Strut Channels, moldings, and more.

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Johnson Bros. Roll Forming Co. $$$

Elkhart, IN  |  800-998-5940

With over 50 years of experience, United Roll Forming specializes in roll forming for a variety of industries. Our products are the result of state-of-the-art machines that provide both quality and efficiency.

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United Roll Forming, Inc. $$$

Louisville, KY  |  502-969-1327

Producing five different standard products, as well as complicated roll forming sections and secondary operations such as notching, punching and fabricating, is Roller Die & Forming Company, Inc.

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Roller Die & Forming Company, Inc. $$$

Ixonia, WI  |  920-261-9650

ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer specializing in custom roll forming. Unique profiles are run in gauges from 0.005" to 0.165" and widths up to 48" on 35 lines. Adding in-line operations may enhance your product.

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M.P. Metal Products, Inc. $$$

Racine, WI  |  262-633-2200

Premier Products of Racine is a full-service company established in 1999 that provides custom roll formed products for applications such as outdoor appliances, tanker trucks, and office furniture.

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Premier Products of Racine, Inc. $$$
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A C channel is usually used somewhere where it can be fixed to a flat surface for maximum contact area and strength. Sometimes C channels will be welded together back to back to form an I-beam. This unique setup can create strong but flexible structural support.

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C channels are manufactured using aluminum or other metals. Although the basic shape is the same for every C channel, there are a variety of types that can be created. An "Architectural Channel" has a very basic form with perfectly squared corners. Structural C channels come in several types, including what are known as Aluminum Association, American Standard, and Canadian.

Aluminum Association C channels are thicker with rounded corners on the inside of the channel, and they are very similar to Canadian style channels. An American Standard C Channel, on the other hand, has rounded corners and the sides gradually become thinner moving up to the top. Each type has its own advantages and drawbacks, so they are all used for different purposes. Some are utilized in molding and trim around doors and windows, while others are used for structural and joining purposes.

Many manufacturers will create customized C channels based on the specifications for your project. Sometimes a company can provide in-house engineers who will work with you to create a solution that fits with whatever you are building. Manufacturers typically make C channels in a range of standardized sizes, but they will build you a customized piece if necessary.

The manufacturing process is quite fast, as long a wide piece of metal is usually cut by a machine before entering a symmetrical press where the walls are flanged into shape. If the C channel has a unique shape with varying thickness, a mold is used and the materials are heated to press them into the exact shape needed.

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