To help site visitors understand the roll forming, corrugating, and metal fabricating processes, Corrugated Metals has included this one-of-a-kind glossary.
The glossary is organized as an alpha listing to quickly assist you in finding the term you are looking for.
A device which stores materials in a defined amount so a new coil
can be installed and then welded to the old coil ensuring a non-interrupted
material flow to the roll forming machine.
An angular tolerance of ±1° are typical in the roll forming
process. See tolerance types.
Stands for American Society for Testing and Materials.
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The inside radius of a formed feature. The bend radius should be
equal to, or greater than, the material thickness. A small bend radius
can create fracturing at the bend due to the natural thinning that
does occur at the bend radius. Also called inside radius.
Changing the shape of metal sheet using successive pairs of forming
rollers. Bending does not change the thickness of the metal except
at the bend radius where a slight thinning occurs. Generally applied
to forming it is the creation of a formed feature by angular displacement
of a sheet metal workpiece.
A blanking press is punch press used in a multi-step forming process.
The blanking press forms a rough shape which then is subjected to
one or more secondary forming processes to produce a finished component.
A blind corner is a bend in a roll formed piece that cannot be
handled by direct roll contact.
Camber is the variation of a side edge from a straight line, the
gradual deviation from straightness of the edge of sheet or coil stock
caused during the slitting operation.
Camber is the edgewise curvature, a lateral departure of a side edge
of sheet or strip metal from a straight line.
The time it takes to change tooling. Long changeover times are costly
due to lost productivity.
A length of steel wound into roll-form.
Coil breaks or crossbreak
Coil breaks are a defective condition composed of ridges or marks
across the width of sheet or coil caused by improper coiling or leveling.
Creases or ridges which appear as parallel lines, transverse to the
direction of rolling, and which generally extend across the width
of the sheet. A discontinuous curvature in the strip in the direction
in which the material was rolled or uncoiled. Coil breaks are generally
found in uncoiled hot rolled strip.
A lengthwise curve or set found in coiled strip metals following
its coil pattern. A departure from longitudinal flatness. It can be
removed by roller or stretcher leveling from metals in the softer
Coiling is the process of winding flat material while it is still
hot as it exists the extrusion rollers at the mill immediately after
it has been formed.
Sheet metal rolled from slab or ingot that has been wound into coiled
roll. Coils are considered the most efficient way to store and transport
sheet metal. Master coils are produced at the mill and slit coils
are converted from the master coils in narrower widths through the
slitting process. See sheet.
Cold reduction mill
Sheet and strip are cold reduced to the desired thickness for the
- To obtain the desired surface.
- To impart desired mechanical properties.
- To make gauges lighter than the hot strip mill can produce economically.
- To produce sheet and strip of more uniform thickness.
Cold rolled base
Coils that are cold worked or reduced to gauge on the tandem mill.
Cold rolled sheet
A product manufactured from hot rolled, descaled (pickled), coils
by cold reducing to the desired thickness, generally followed by annealing
and temper rolling. If the sheet is not annealed after cold reduction,
it is known as full hard.
Term applied to the operation of passing unheated metal through rolls
for the purpose of reducing its gauge.
Cold rolling mill
A mill that reduces the cross sectional area of the metal by rolling
at approximately room temperature.
Cold strip mill
A mill that rolls strip without first reheating.
Plastic deformation at such temperatures and rates that substantial
increases occur in the strength and hardness of the metal visible
structural changes include changes in grain shape and, in some instances,
mechanical twinning or banding.
A range by which a product’s specifications can deviate from those
ordered and still meet the industry accepted ranges (defined in ASTM
Conventional or standard roll forming machines are more adaptable
than the single-duty machines which allows the roll tooling to be
used with other profiles to make it more able to handle a variety
of production needs. See single-duty
A military barricade designed to provide shelter or protection for humans and critical infrastructure assets against low angle high velocity fragments, shrapnel, and improvised explosive devices while offering protection as an anti-ram vehicle barrier. A corrugated metal revetment is made from some type of roll formed metal, typically heavy-gauge steel, 16-gauge or 18-gauge. The corrugated metal revetment is also referred to as a bin revetment as is normally filled with sand or dirt.
The process of forming or ribbing a flat sheet of material into a
consistent, symmetrical profile to increase that material’s strength
to weight ratio up to 30% over the conventional material. The forming
of sheet metal into a series of straight, parallel alternate ridges
and grooves with a rolling mill equipped with matched roller dies
or a press brake equipped with specially shaped punch and die.
Transverse ripples caused by a variation in strip shape during hot
Cross section depth
The distance between the peak and valley of a corrugation.
Curve is the variation from a straight line in the horizontal plane
measured after the part has been roll formed. Causes of curve included
incorrect horizontal roll alignment and uneven forming pressure. See
bow, camber, sweep,
Curving is the process of adding curvature to a flat sheet by passing
it through a set of rollers using multiple passes to gradually add
curvature, radial bending, without kinking or creasing the sheet.
Curing adds strength and functionality to a flat sheet.
Process to uncoil sections of flat-rolled steel and cut them into
a desired length. Cut-to-length product is normally shipped flat-stacked.
Mechanical or hydraulic equipment in the corrugating line which shears
the material to length immediately following corrugation.