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An open channel is a rectangular tube that is missing one of its sides; it closely resembles a boxy U. Metal channels of all shapes, sizes and compositions are used for applications ranging across every industrial and commercial context. 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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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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Construction, architecture, furniture design and manufacturing, medical technology design, transportation equipment manufacturing and many more processes and operations incorporate steel channels into products. A channel's intended application determines what construction material is used to make it. Aluminum channels, for example, can be used for commercial and light industrial uses.

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Steel is used to make channels that are used for demanding applications. Aluminum would not be a suitable construction material for many supports and guide rails; steel guarantees continued durability and strength, and it can be engineered to be corrosion-resistant if necessary. U channels are the most basic type of steel channel.

They consist of a base and two legs of equal length. A J channel also has a web and two legs, but one leg is longer, like the letter J. Many other channel configurations exist to accommodate the many uses for channels across industry and commerce.

There are many processes by which steel and other metal channels can be produced. The most basic method of steel channel fabrication is roll forming. Roll forming produces a high volume of uniform metal products without applying heat. Because roll forming is not a heat treatment process, it can be used to process metals that have been cured, finished, polished or otherwise treated without changing or damaging their surface properties.

Depending on the surface properties, treatments may need to be applied to rollers, but otherwise roll forming is the simplest way to change the shape of treated metals without altering surface properties. A roll former works by taking a stock of metal and passing it through a long series of rollers. The first set of rollers is configured to fit tightly around the contours of the incoming metal stock.

After the first set, each subsequent set of rollers changes slightly in configuration until the last set, which is an outline of the final shape the metal is intended to take. When the metal emerges from the last rollers, it has taken its channel shape and is ready to be cut and shipped to customers.

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