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Steel channels are made with hot-rolled carbon steel in the shape of a “C” with inner radius edges on the bottom and horizontal flanges on the top. Two parallel or tapered flanges and a large web make up a steel channel. Due to their structural strength, steel channels are used to create braces and frames for buildings, along with supports for various machines and large machinery. Read More…

Steel Channels Steel channels are strips of steel that have been formed into a channel. A channel is a rectangular tube, though many companies that manufacture channels offer open and closed varieties.
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Leading Manufacturers

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. $$$

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. $$$

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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metal channels used for rod support

Placing steel channels between 2 sections of plasterboard walls allows sound absorption in the construction sector. The channels reduce sound waves by dampening the vibrations caused by noise whenever the walls vibrate as a result of noise on every side of the wall. This use for steel channels, which are incredibly durable and robust, is just one of many.

Manufacturing of Steel Channels

Steel channels feature radius-defined inner corners. This gives them the strength and stiffness required to support building projects and steel angles. They're easy to manufacture with the right tools and ratios. Typically, steel channels are produced to ASTM 36 dimensional requirements. Following hot rolling, steel channels are typically subjected to additional inline manufacturing. After manufacture, they are painted or galvanized to render them corrosion-resistant. Steel channels can be machined, drilled, or cut to particular dimensions. They are also simply wieldable. Large channels are frequently made using the laser fusion process.

Process of Hot Rolling Steel

Hot rolling is a metallurgical technique that occurs above the temperature at which the material recrystallizes. Hot-rolled metals often have unidirectional mechanical characteristics and frequently sustain residual stresses brought on by deformation. On the other hand, non-metallic inclusions occasionally carry directionality. In addition, many residual stresses are produced by non-uniform cooling, which is typical in designs such as I-beams and H-beams that have non-uniform cross-sections.

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Cold Rolling of Steel

During cold rolling, the metal is rolled lower than its recrystallization temperature (typically room temperature). This process enhances the surface quality and maintains tighter tolerances. The use of multiple or cluster mills is justified by the smaller size and increased strength of the workpieces compared to hot-rolled stock. Cold-rolled goods, which are frequently tinier than their hot-rolled equivalents, include sheets, strips, and rods.

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Types of Steel Channels

U Steel Channels

All hole drilling and notching operations previously carried out during the pre-punch process may be completed by inline post-fabrication dies. As a result, fewer dies are required, and the notching sites can have tighter tolerances without experiencing distortion, which would happen if the U channel or J channel were pre-punched and subsequently bent.

Inline fabricating with tight tolerance and higher speed requires highly developed straight-flying die accelerators and die amplifiers that use precise length measuring systems in the pre-punching and post-punching presses. The die accelerator may perform pre-drilling and post. Punching/cutoff presses simultaneously and up to 12 different tasks in the same die.

a u shaped steel channel

Z Steel Channels

Tooling is typically necessary when there are repeats at the top of each leg, except if dies with the correct dimensions exist. Z channels with a small web between the legs could need new dies, but they're less costly than dies for channels with longer webs. They are most typical in the metal and framing building sectors. Z channels can have inward flanges as well, but they are rarely seen.

z steel channel

Applications of Steel Channels

  • Buildings with metal or wood frames can use steel channels to create sturdy frames for doors and windows. The channel slides across the walls in the door or window opening and comprises four sections with triangular joints. This is significantly more secure than wood frames and creates a level ground in the gap on which a door may be fixed.
  • Steel channels are commonly used to frame commercial fire and basement doors that are below grade.
  • Car frames are typically constructed using steel channels. The top frame rails are typically built of heavy-duty steel channels and operated from the front to the back of the automobile. Steel channels can be used to make radiator supports, braces, and other structural elements.
  • Steel channels give a vehicle the proper strength and rigidity to avoid excessive bending while still providing enough movement to account for the engine's torque.

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