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Roll-Kraft Re-Certified To ISO Standard

MENTOR, OH, November, 2010
Roll-Kraft has recently undergone an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) re-certification audit and continues to maintain the ISO Standard ISO 9001:2008 With Design.   This achievement is identified as a reliable measure when choosing a supplier.   Products complying with ISO standards often share more desirable characteristics and are more likely to meet customers’ expectations.   The company has maintained the ISO standard for more than a decade, providing instant recognition to businesses worldwide of common goals related to quality.   
Roll-Kraft provides tooling and equipment to companies that manufacture tube & pipe and roll formed products.  The headquarters is located in Mentor, Ohio, and other facilities are in Frankfurt, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern), and Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.).  The company can be reached by phone at (440) 205-3100, or fax at (440) 205-3110.   More information about Roll-Kraft products and services is available on the company website at www.roll-kraft.com.  
In addition, direct contact can be made with Roll-Kraft by choosing Dr. Resolve and sending a message.  This will initiate a quick response from the Roll-Kraft team and accelerate a reply to the problem or even a quotation.   This service is available 24-hours a day, every day of the week.


Roll-Kraft’s Robert Sladky and Bret Molnar to Present at Fabtech 2010

Roll-Kraft’s world renowned instructors, Robert A. Sladky and Bret Molnar will be a part of Fabtech 2010’s technical presentations in Atlanta.
Robert and Bret bring to the table over 65 years of combined experience out in the Tube and Pipe Industry. They will be sharing their experience and expertise on November 2nd, from 8 AM—10 AM in a presentation entitled: “Today’s Tooling Designs for Today’s Requirements: Tube Mill Set-Up and Tooling Maintenance Programs.”
Robert and Bret will be covering tooling designs, proper set up of the mill, and how to develop tooling maintenance programs.
Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer session.
Click here for more information from Fabtech’s web site or click here to visit the show’s homepage to register.


Roll-Kraft’s Own Internationally Recognized Tube and Pipe Instructor Robert Sladky Presents at Pipe and Tube Pittsburgh 2010
Roll-Kraft’s own Robert Sladky presented on a panel entitled, “So, You Want to Make Your Own Tubing?” at Pipe and Tube Pittsburgh 2010. Robert presented “Key Factors That Affect Scrap on a Tube or Pipe Mill.”
“Robert has conducted hundreds of tube and pipe training sessions all over the world,” said Roll-Kraft president Chuck Gehrisch. “After each session, we consistently receive testimonials from attendees pleased with the amount of knowledge they gained from Robert’s training.”
To read technical articles authored by Robert Sladky, click below:

To view technical videos featuring Robert Sladky, click here:

The Roll-Kraft headquarters is in Mentor, Ohio, and there are two satellite facilities.  One is in Frankfurt, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern) and the other is in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.).  The company can be reached by phone, toll-free, at (888) 953-9400, or by fax at (440) 205-3110.   More information about Roll-Kraft products and services is available on the website, www.roll-kraft.com.   Also, for instant inquiries, please use Dr. Resolve to reach the company quickly.


Roll-Kraft Expands its Three Locations to Serve the Tube & Pipe and Roll Forming Industries

MENTOR, OH., August, 2010
Roll-Kraft facilities in Mentor, OH., Frankfurt, IL., and Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, will each expand their manufacturing capabilities with the addition of machines in each plant to aid in meeting the demands of roll forming companies and tube & pipe producers.  The Illinois and Ontario facilities will add CNC (computer numerical control) machines, while the headquarters location in Ohio will install a new wire EDM machine (electrical discharge machine). 
The technology of these machines will eliminate several processes in the manufacturing of tooling for the tube & pipe and roll forming industry.   They will reduce manufacturing time, while allowing for better tolerance capability in the final product.  The new EDM machine will make it possible to burn taller rolls, up to 15.5 inches in height.   In addition, the Woodbridge location will hire new personnel to handle the increased capacity their new machine brings. 
Roll-Kraft Ltd. is a satellite location of the Roll-Kraft company in Mentor, OH.  All engineering is handled by the headquarters in Mentor, however, identical manufacturing processes are provided at both locations.  In addition, Roll-Kraft operates a regrind center at their third location in Frankfurt, IL., to address quick turnarounds and emergency regrind services often needed by tube & pipe producers and roll forming companies.
Roll-Kraft is ISO 9001:2000 certified and known throughout the industry for its focus on customer service.   In addition to personalized attention, many technical bulletins are available on the company website to provide basic mill and tooling information to the industry, as well as the opportunity to instantly contact the company directly, with questions or inquiries by using Dr. Resolve.  This unique feature allows 24-hour access, every day of the week.   The company can also be reached by phone at 888-953-9400 or fax at 440-205-3110.


Roll-Kraft Hosts FMA Fabcast for Tube & Pipe Manufacturers

MENTOR, OH., July, 2010
Mr. Bret Molnar, Roll Design Engineer/Sales, for Roll-Kraft, recently was an exclusive presenter of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) “Tube Mill End-to-End” fabcast.  During the 90-minute presentation, Mr. Molnar covered all the aspects of tube  & pipe mills, identifying the various types of mills, the various tube & pipe roll designs and configurations, reasons for choosing them, roll tooling materials, and roll tooling maintenance.   This step-by-step PowerPoint analysis of each component of the tube & pipe mill and roll tooling guided the listeners through the processes they will use to make their own best decisions to benefit their companies. 
Roll-Kraft specializes in providing tube & pipe tooling, roll forming tooling, and tube, pipe and roll forming equipment.   In addition, the company provides on-site seminars, mill evaluations, and mill alignments to train personnel in issues that are important to good production and the on-going successful performance of the mill.   The custom analysis of the mill is then followed up with a written report with recommendations for areas of improvement.   On-site seminars for tube & pipe mills and roll forming equipment are often conducted by Mr. Bret Molnar, presenter of this fabcast, along with Robert Sladky, who was a recipient of the 2003 TPA Industry Education Activities Award.   These gentlemen have more than 60 years of combined hands-on experience in the tube and pipe mill industry. 
The Roll-Kraft headquarters is in Mentor, Ohio, and there are two satellite facilities.  One is in Frankfurt, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern) and the other is in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.).  The company can be reached by phone, toll-free, at (888) 953-9400, or by fax at (440) 205-3110.   More information about Roll-Kraft products and services is available on the website, www.roll-kraft.com.   Also, for instant inquiries, please use Dr. Resolve to reach the company quickly.


Roll-Kraft Introduces Students to Engineering Careers in the Tube, Pipe and Roll Forming Industries

Roll-Kraft and the Auburn Career Center recently joined forces to meet with students in the Madison, OH. school system to provide a look at the field of engineering.  The event was part of Career Day at the middle school and provided 8th grade students with information on a wide range of career choices and applicable courses available at the nearby Auburn Career Center.

Mr. Gary Summerhill, Engineering Manager for the Roll Form Tooling Department at Roll-Kraft, was a featured speaker.  He presented the students with a brief introduction to various 2D and 3D engineering software, explaining how and where the software was used, and showed some of the products that were produced using engineering drawings.

Career planning is an important part of a student’s life and critical decisions are made during school years.  Industry must always be mindful of the need to continually encourage and educate students in the areas of opportunity available in the field of manufacturing.  Roll-Kraft plays an active part in the community by cultivating relationships and helping educational facilities design training programs to provide fundamental knowledge to students that will benefit industries in the area.  This process works hand-in-hand to provide jobs to graduates and a potential employee, trained in the basics needed by the company.

About Roll-Kraft

Roll-Kraft is a leading provider of tooling and equipment to the tube & pipe and roll forming industry.  With 47 years of experience in the field, the Roll-Kraft name is known worldwide for providing top-of-the-line products and customer service.  The Roll-Kraft website with its innovative instant contact system, Dr. Resolve, provides a direct link to the company and has made concerns about time zones and office hours a thing of the past.

Roll-Kraft has its headquarters in Mentor, OH. and maintains offices in Frankfurt, IL. (Roll-Kraft Northern) and Woodbridge, ON. Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.).  

 


Roll-Kraft Identifies Key Factors That Affect Scrap On Tube & Pipe Mills

Summary: 
Roll-Kraft has identified the most frequent reasons that cause tube and pipe scrap issues when running tube and pipe mills.   A few routine changes can avoid costly expenditures.  Making good choices of materials and defining proper setups are just two of the basic considerations necessary to achieving good production.   A complete list of solutions is available on the Roll-Kraft blog.
MENTOR, OH., March, 2010
Scrap issues cause frequent unwelcomed problems for all tube and pipe producers at one time or another.   They can be costly and cause delays in production.  Every effort should be employed to avoid scrap.  That is why Roll-Kraft has developed a specific list of issues that should be avoided in order to improve quality and production. 
Appearing prominently on the list is the use of proper materials.  Materials that are inconsistent chemically, have improper strip width-to-gauge tolerances, crown or camber problems, and perhaps inconsistent slit edge conditions will lead to difficulties.  Producing a good tube and pipe product requires beginning with good material. 
Scrap can also be caused by improper setups on the mill,   A setup chart should always be used as a reference.  This will provide assurance that the rolls are in the proper position.  Documenting and repeating setup patterns will save time and give accuracy during future tooling changes.
Then, you must be sure the tooling is well designed and made of good quality material.  This is not the place to cut costs and accept second best.  It will only cost more in the long run. 
It is very important to do periodic preventative maintenance to determine if the mill needs adjustment or tooling is worn.  Mis-alignment and heavily worn tooling will cause problems.   The benefits of doing preventative maintenance can far outweigh the replacement costs of time and materials to reproduce the bad production.
While it is ideal and often expected that every production run be as planned, taking a few extra steps to evaluate the situation can go a long way in preventing scrap and producing the best possible tube or pipe product.
The complete list of tips to avoid scrap can be downloaded and printed from the Roll-Kraft blog spot at the top of the company website.   Also, there are many technical bulletins on the subject of tube and pipe production, which are available in the Profit Pointer section of the website.  Customized solutions to these and other specific issues can be answered by contacting Roll-Kraft directly or choosing Dr. Resolve when visiting the website.
Roll-Kraft has its headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains offices in Frankfurt, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern) and Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.).  The phone number is (440) 205-3100, and fax is (440) 205-3110.  More information about Roll-Kraft products and services is available on the website, www.roll-kraft.com.


Tube & Pipe and Roll Forming Companies Get Technical Answers and Training Tips from Dr. Resolve

Summary:
Tube, pipe, and roll forming producers looking for an immediate response to technical questions or training ideas have been using Dr. Resolve. Roll-Kraft designed Dr. Resolve in response to the increase in demand by the tube, pipe, and roll forming producers for quick answers. Contacting Roll-Kraft and Dr. Resolve, you get 24/7 responses about anything from basic setup to complex project questions, such as how to reduce scrap by 20%.

MENTOR, OH., March, 2010

Dr. Resolve is a winner! Roll-Kraft’s website feature is getting ever more traffic from the interactive connection. Inquiries, problems, and questions are immediately sent to the company by completing an on-line form. Just click on Dr. Resolve, send your problem to Roll-Kraft, and know that help is on the way. Top experts will respond 24/7, such as Robert Sladky (V.P. of Tube Mill Engineering and past recipient of the TPA Industry Education Activities Award) on subjects regarding welded tube and pipe equipment, and Chuck Summerhill (V.P. of U.S. Operations) on issues regarding roll forming machines. There are over a dozen technical staff available to respond. “Dr. Resolve is the best way to get technical answers to our customers immediately,” said Chuck Gehrisch, President of Roll-Kraft.
The Roll-Kraft website also provides other technical information, including Profit Pointers, which are readily available for printing. Subjects include topics such as mill setups, tooling management and maintenance programs, improving changeover times, and many others.
In addition, Roll-Kraft technicians are available to provide on-site troubleshooting, mill evaluations, mill alignments, and various seminars. There are testimonials on the website from many customers.
Roll-Kraft is a leading provider of tooling, equipment, and services to the tube and pipe and roll forming industry. Customers in more than 50 countries identify Roll-Kraft as a reliable source of high quality products and programs. This is, in part, identifiable by the well-earned ISO quality management certification program, now rated as ISO 9001:2000 With Design, which has been in place for more than a decade. This certification is a critical indication that Roll-Kraft is focused on maintaining the necessary systems that will aid in achieving the company’s high standards.
About Roll-Kraft
Roll-Kraft has its headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains offices in Frankfurt, Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern) and Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada (Roll-Kraft Ltd.). The headquarters facility can be reached by phone at (440) 205-3100, or fax at (440) 205-3110. More information about Roll-Kraft products and services is available on the website, www.roll-kraft.com.


Roll-Kraft & Fredon Join Forces
FOR   IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
For   more information,
Contact: Chuck   Gehrisch

Phone:  888-953-9400

Summary:

Representatives from   Roll-Kraft and Fredon Corporation recently met with a group of   northeast Ohio participants to discuss and evaluate the   manufacturing future in the area.

MENTOR, OH, January,  2010

Skilled and unskilled   workers from nearby counties attended a recent meeting with local   business leaders to discuss the future of manufacturing and the   skills involved to be competitive in the industry.
The meeting featured   speakers, Roger Sustar, CEO of Fredon Corporation, and Chuck   Summerhill, Vice President of Operations from Roll-Kraft. Both have   successful ISO 9001:2000 Certified manufacturing companies in Lake   County (Mentor), OH. Each offered a brief introduction and   descriptions of the various skill sets needed in all areas of their   businesses, such as sales, engineering, and computer-controlled   machining.


Roger   Sustar Leads Discussion of Manufacturing’s Future

The main message   presented was that northeastern Ohio manufacturers and American   companies, in general, must continue to lower their operational and   production costs in order to compete in the global marketplace.  Since labor costs, in general, are substantially higher than in many   other markets, manufacturers must rely on high-tech solutions and   continued process improvements to lower their costs. A spirited   question and answer session followed the presentations.
Northeast Ohio has   been struggling in recent years to maintain its manufacturing base   and the needed qualified personnel. Some companies have developed   educational programs and provided advice in designing curriculum to   aid students in the skills needed by local businesses. This   partnership has been a continuing benefit to the community.
Both Roll-Kraft and   Fredon will continue to research various methods to improve   production and lower costs, in the on-going effort to be competitive   with other companies around the world.
About   Roll-Kraft
Roll-Kraft is a   leading provider of services, tooling, and equipment to the tube and   pipe and roll forming industry. Participation and reliance on the   well-earned ISO 9001:2000 quality management certification program   has helped customers in more than 50 countries identify Roll-Kraft   as a reliable source of high quality products and programs.
Roll-Kraft has its   headquarters in Mentor, Ohio, and maintains offices in Frankfurt,  Illinois (Roll-Kraft Northern) and Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada   (Roll-Kraft Ltd.). The headquarters facility can be reached by phone   at (440) 205-3100, or fax at (440) 205-3110.


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