Process: Rolling


Rolling is a method to make sheet metal and components thinner and change its structure.

Rolling makes a piece of material thinner by feeding it through rolls, which are big rotating cylinders. When this is done, the workpiece's size and structure will change. The rolls, which can be adjusted, determine the end result. For example; rolls can be flat if the intention is to make a workpiece thinner. It is also possible to make a sheet round if it passes over two rolls, while a third pushes in between them from above, which is called roll bending or forming. This is the same way cones are produced, if one roll is inclined. There are several different kinds of rolling.

It is possible to do rolling with cold material, which usually means at room temperature. The benefits of this is usually nice tolerances and surface finish. Hot rolling also exists, but is mainly used for sheet metal and profiles of larger dimensions.

Rolling is mostly carried out by raw material suppliers. Some workshops also do rolling, and usually specialize in this or do it as a part of larger projects.

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Rolling projects for quote

  1. Drawings count: 2

    Sheet Metal Forming-Rolling

    This Qimtek member is currently seeking the assistance of a supplier with rolling capabilities, who is able to manufacture the attached ring from mild steel angle. They have advised that this design is ordered to the tune of 90 off per month, in batches of 30 off at a time; therefore, they are looking to partner with a supplier who can facilitate long-term supply of the design in question. Suppliers with the capacity to assist are asked to make contact with the buyer directly to discuss the requirement. **Due to the current health climate, we ask that you only submit a quotation for this project if you are in a position to fulfil the requirement. Please also be mindful that there may be a delay in buyer response due to widespread remote working.**

  2. Drawings count: 1

    Sheet Metal Forming-Rolling

    This client, a manufacturer of conveyor systems, currently seeks the assistance of a supplier who is able to undertake a new manufacturing opportunity. The successful supplier will be required to roll sections of steel channel into a selection of radii and varying lengths. The material is to be supplied and delivered free-issue by the client, which in turn needs drilling, rolling and cutting to length.

  3. Drawings count: 2

    Sheet Metal Forming-Rolling

    As part of a new product, this Qimtek Member requires a manufacturer who can roll long sections of 3mm 304 sheet up to 5.4M in length. This is expected to be a regular item requiring 5 in year 1, then up to 8 per year for the next 4 years. Matching support braces are also required 2 per tank.

  4. Drawings count: 5

    Sheet Metal Forming-Rolling

    This fabrication supplier, who does generally complete their own manufacture in-house, has a rolling requirement for the attached archways which is outside of their in-house capabilities. The buyer would therefore like to hear from potential Qimtek suppliers who can assist with this requirement. There is an immediate order to place for this enquiry and although this is a one-off requirement, the chosen supplier may be asked to assist with similar enquiries going forward, once a relationship has been established.

  5. Drawings count: 2

    Sheet Metal Forming-Rolling

    This company is a high-end consumer goods supplier with an immediate rolling requirement. They are interested in building a relationship with a supplier who is able to manufacture the attached wreath rings as per the drawings provided. Once initial samples are approved, the client will look to order the full quantities moving forward, meaning that the successful supplier will win a new long-term customer as well as the work in question.

  6. Drawings count: 1

    Sheet Metal Forming-Rolling

    Suppliers with ring rolling capacity are asked to make contact with this buyer - a designer and manufacturer of furniture, with a £50,000 annual spend on subcontract fabrication services. The ring foot will be used within a high stool and is currently required in quantities ranging from 4 to 170 off. Quality and accuracy to the drawings is key, as is the price. There is an initial order to place for 4 off with the chosen supplier.

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