However, U channels are much deeper and typically have a rounded bottom rather than a squared flat one. Sometimes a U channel will even have walls that are two different lengths so that the channel can be custom fitted to a particular area. Read More…
M.P. Metal Products, 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.$$$
Johnson Bros. Roll Forming Co.Berkeley, IL | 708-449-7050
Johnson Bros. is a leading manufacturer when it comes to roll forming metals, pre-finished and plain. Such as profiles, U-Channels, C-Channels, J-Channels, Hat Channels, Box Channels, Zee Channels, Strut Channels, moldings, and more.$$$
United Roll Forming, Inc.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.$$$
Roller Die & Forming Company, Inc.Louisville, KY | 502-969-1327
Producing five different standard products, as well as complicated roll forming sections and secondary operations such as notching, punching and fabricating, is Roller Die & Forming Company, Inc.$$$
Premier Products of Racine, 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.$$$
U Channels Companies List
U channels can be made from a variety of plastic and metal materials, and they are a general purpose utility molding that can be used for many industries and applications.
One very common application for U channels is to use them for trim around glass in showers. A U channel can be made to fit around the edge of glass panels and add a nice finishing touch while creating a curved edge. Many contractors prefer to install aluminum U channels with a protective coating so that they do not corrode over time due to moisture exposure.
U channels are also used as railings, conduits, components in boat accessories and repair pieces for window frames. When a U channel is designed to be affixed to something, holes are drilled in the flanges or in the bottom to allow for screws or blots to pass through.
There are several roll forming methods for manufacturing U channels, but one that is becoming increasingly popular is cold roll forming. In this process, an undeformed piece is gradually bent into a U shape. This method is particularly efficient when employed on high strength sheet metal. Cold roll forming requires a specialized machine that slowly pushes the metal into the form of a U channel without having to spend time heating it.
The slow, uniform force exerted on the metal causes it to conform to the new shape without suddenly cracking. As mentioned above, U channels have many applications in residential construction, but they can also be found in industries like commercial construction, warehouse operations, and aerospace. Although they vary greatly in size, thickness and material, the concept and manufacturing process for all U channels remains very similar.