Roll Form Group Receives Top Industry Award From CWA At 2014 CanWeld Conference
For immediate release - October 9, 2014
The Roll Form Group has received the distinguished 2014 CWA Productivity Award. This award, presented by the Canadian Welding Association (CWA), recognizes creativity and process improvement in the Canadian welding industry.
The award was received for the innovative inline installation of a Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process at Roll Form Group’s facility in Cambridge, Ontario. A team at RFG, led by Emad Assaad, Engineering & Welding Specialist, spearheaded the project. The new addition to the mill has significantly improved production of strong floor sections. The results speak for themselves: a 56% throughput improvement, 57% less labor, and 15% less scrap on welded floor sections.
“This project had a small footprint and required extensive problem-solving with equipment supplier ESAB, in both Canada and Sweden,” said Rob Whitmore, Corporate VP Manufacturing Technology & Process Improvement for Samuel, Son & Co., Limited. “Our congratulations go out to Emad and the RFG team for successfully navigating this complicated project.”
The previous system involved raw material passing through a multi-stage process of rolling, submerged arc welding (SAW) welding, and back cutting, with manual handling in between each stage. SAW welding on lighter gauges caused excess scrap issues due to auxiliary burn.
The new components allows for raw material to pass directly from rolling, to GMAW welding, to cut-to-length, to finished product. The new process yields better welds, with two longitudinal welds per rolled section.
“We’re very proud to win this award, especially knowing this project was selected against some world-class competition,” said Lou M. Sartor, President, Roll Form Group. “This is a significant accomplishment for the RFG team.”
The award was presented at the annual CWA’s CanWeld conference, in conjunction with the International Institute of Welding (IIW) Congress, on Monday, September 29th, 2014 in Vancouver, BC.
For more information about this announcement, please contact: Roll Form Group head office, Mississauga, Ontario: 1-800-233-6228.