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Formtek March 2012 Newsletter

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Formtek March 2012 Newsletter

Employee News

Formtek is pleased to announce the promotion of Rick Poots to Service Manager.  Rick previously was a Service Technician for 7 years with Formtek's Winpro product line, specializing in fenestration applications.  He has serviced machines throughout the world, providing exceptional customer support and technical expertise.  His new duties will expand on his over 20 years of manufacturing experience by coordinating service for all product lines.

Bob Shaffer has transitioned to the role of Plant Manager for Formtek, Inc., responsible for the Cleveland and Hill Engineering facilities.  He previously served as the Director of Customer Service.  In addition to his role in Service at Formtek, Bob has 30 years prior experience as the Engineering Manager at Yoder Manufacturing as well as Engineering positions with Royalton Industries and Loopco, specializing in Roll Forming, Tube Mill and Coil Processing Systems.

Recent News

Formtek Supplies a QVW-150 TIG Welded Tube Mill

Yoder Manufacturing has recently supplied a QVW-150 TIG Welded Tube Mill for producing automotive components.  The complete system consists of an entry end, forming machine, TIG welder with vision system, reshaping machine and flying cutoff.  For more information, please contact, or direct at 216.292.4460.  Or visit our website at

Formtek Supplies Parts for Solar Project

Yoder Manufacturing has recently supplied M-Style Roll Forming machines and replacement components for a customer manufacturing structures and frames for solar energy installations.  The machinery supplied will increase capacity and expand on existing capabilities for the great manufacturing needs of the customer’s west coast facility.  This project expands on Formtek’s footprint in the solar market, supplying coil metal processing and roll forming equipment for residential and industrial solar structure applications.  For more information, please contact, or direct at 216.292.4460.  Or visit our website at

Formtek is a group of long-established companies, each with a well-known name and a history of providing innovative, reliable equipment to the metal forming and metal processing industries.  As a single-source provider, Formtek continues to supply it's customers with the highest quality equipment, parts and service available in the industries it serves.  Visit our website,, for additional information on products, services and employment opportunities.


Visit Us At Fabtech CANADA

While you are planning your trips, be sure to stop and see us at our next event to answer questions about your upcoming machinery needs.

Fabtech CANADA
Booth Number 1210
Toronto, Canada
March 20-22, 2012
Click Here and Enter Code FC020 for Free Attendee Passes


Our very own Dave Voth will be speaking at this first time event on Wednesday, March 21st.  Register for Advanced Roll Forming of Steel Framing Components at 1:15pm.  This presentation will provide insight into the latest advancements in roll forming system technology for the Steel Framing Industry. Discussions will focus on automated equipment changeover for material thickness, cross-sectional variations, punched opening locations, and part lengths. Handling of the finished product in high-speed operations will be discussed. Also addressed, will be the level of operator training required. The advantages of programmable rotary punching and cutoff systems will be presented.  Included, will be specific examples of these technologies being utilized in the manufacture of steel framing products. 

With the growing success of FABTECH, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, we are excited to announce the launch of FABTECH Canada, located in the heart of Canada's engineering and technology region. Toronto will be host to FABTECH CANADA, March 20-22 at the Toronto Congress Centre.


Visit Us At Tube Dusseldorf

Make sure in your worldwide travels, you make time to stop and see us in Germany.

Tube Dusseldorf
Booth Number Halle 06, F46 (Co-Exhibiting with Milltech)
Dusseldorf, Germany
March 26-30, 2012
Click here to get tickets for the show in advance

On a visit to the Tube 2012 in Düsseldorf, the most important showcase for pipe producers, processors and users, there is no way: Whether the latest technologies and applications, advanced machines and equipment for the manufacture of pipes and special steel solutions and light pipes made of composite or synthetic materials which are characterized by optimum properties - the Tube 2012 will present more than 30,000 international trade visitors from over 100 countries, the future of pipe technology. To touch. Live.



Conferences & Workshops

World Class Roll Forming Workshop

John Kopsick and Paul Williams will be at the Workshop to present the following topics:

John Kopsick - Basic Roll Design

  • Basic roll forming design principles
  • Ideas to make designs functional
  • Design versus operator issues

Paul Williams - In-Line Punching Technology

  • Prenotch Dies - stationary flying
  • Rotary punching machines
  • Postpunch dies - flying
  • Bring in your line upgrade questions and existing line punching problems:  what line speeds are realistic for my application?  How can we get better tolerances?  How can we eliminate secondary operations?

Paul Williams - Cutoff Technology

  • What is the best application for your cross-section?
  • Slug-type dies
  • Slugless crop cutoff dies
  • Combination cutoff dies
  • Cutoff press types - air, mechanical, hydraulic

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan  49503
April 24-25, 2012
Click here to register

Keeping production on schedule is key in roll forming operations. Strengthen your skills and know-how at a comprehensive industry update! FMA’s World-Class Roll Forming Workshop will deliver the intelligence you need to boost productivity and quality in your organization.


Choose from a dozen topics to upgrade your roll forming technology, help you reduce downtime, and increase your bottom line. Bring your challenges, parts, and drawings, and take away solutions you can implement at your home base.


See us on Facebook & Twitter

Formtek and Hill Engineering can now bring you updates on Facebook. Any news updates, press releases, trade shows and events will be updated on Facebook.  Click on our page and like us now to get our updates in your news feed!

We are also on Twitter!  Find us at @formtekgroup, @formtekmetal, or @hillengr to see more updates!

 Rely on the Strength of Formtek

This recession has hit everyone in the metal forming industry; including our customers, competitors and vendors as well as us.  Additionally, there have been several casualties of idling, restructure and liquidations.  Among these casualties are companies with names similar to ours, such as FormTech, which have no relation to the Formtek Group.

With the financial backing of our parent company, Mestek, Inc., the Formtek Group has maintained a strong balance sheet to weather the storm of this recession.  You can be sure to count on us now and in the future for your metal forming needs, whether it is new equipment, parts or service, we are here for you.