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Index

  1. Definition of a "profiling machine"
  2. How does a profiling machine function?
  3. Areas of operation
  4. Working with a profile machine
  5. Providers of profile machines
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Definition of a "profiling machine"

A profiling machine is a piece of equipment used to process sheet metal. Using rollers during a continuous process, the desired profile is pressed onto the sheet metal. Profiling machines are big machines that need a lot of space to operate.

How does a profiling machine function?

  • It is used to process sheet metal
  • They are big machines that need a lot of space to operate.
  • The machine contains a multitude of rollers posited together
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Thin, flat pieces of sheet metal are usually available in coil strips, and lifted up to the machine using a winch. The winch of a profile machine unravels the coil and thereby pushes the sheet metal through the machine. The machine contains a multitude of rollers posited together, that are used to bend the sheet metal into the desired profile, as it is pushed through the machine. The machine also contains a profile saw at the back, which cuts the profiled sheeting into the appropriate lengths. Profile machines with pre-constructed roller conveyors fragment the different components that are then replaced with the desired profile. On other machines, each individual roller can be hydraulically adjusted. However, on these machines the thickness of the profiled sheeting is usually restricted. Therefore, by using machines where the individual rollers are adjustable, the reconstructing of a desired profile onto another workpiece is much faster.
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Using these machines enables you to programme the profiles into the machine, which can then be used again just by pressing a button. When a new profile shape is required on a machine using segmented roller conveyors, these need to be replaced using a crane. The period of inactivity for these machines can last up to an hour.

Areas of operation

Profile machines are produced by manufacturers who provide trapezoidal sheet metal and profiled sheeting as intermediate or end products. Wall and roof elements made out of galvanised sheet steel are a common product. Another usage of this machine is for the further processing of profiled sheeting into sandwich panels. This is done by putting two pieces of profiled sheeting into a double band system, which are then filled with rigid foam or isolation material.

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Working with a profile machine

Profile machines are machines which work with large volumes of material. They require high amounts of energy, space and maintenance. The speed at which the sheet metal passes along the band is a large factor in determining the machine's efficiency. Even though profile machines have an extensive amount of safety devices, workers must be briefed on the dangers posed in working with this machine. For example, the edges of the sheet metal can be dangerous, causing cuts or crushing injuries, due to the speeds at which it is pushed through the machine. Other than this, work done with a profile machine can be conducted by trained assistants. Licensed crane drivers should be the only workers assembling of the pieces and positioning the new coils, which can be as heavy as up to 30 tonnes.

Providers of profile machines

Established providers of profile machines: SCHLEHBACH, KELLER, UNGERER, AHRENS and SUTER

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