Metal Channel Manufacturers and Companies

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  • Ixonia, WI

    ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer specializing in custom roll forming. Unique profiles are run in gauges from 0.005" to 0.165" and widths up to 48" on 35 lines. Adding in-line operations may enhance your product. Design assistance is available to seek an economically creative solution. Economical production lots often begin around 5,000 lineal feet. For more information on us or our products, give us a call today!

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  • Berkeley, IL

    Johnson Bros. is a leading manufacturer when it comes to roll forming metals, pre-finished and plain. Such as profiles, U-Channels, C-Channels, J-Channels, Hat Channels, Box Channels, Zee Channels, Strut Channels, moldings, angles, rings (bent inline), frames, lock seam & open seam tubing. For runs large or small, our fully capable process goes from concept to completion.

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  • Elkhart, IN

    With over 50 years of experience, United Roll Forming specializes in roll forming for a variety of industries. Our products are the result of state-of-the-art machines that provide both quality and efficiency. We are extremely proud of our ability to take any type of metal and transform it when other suppliers gave up. No matter the size or shape, turn to us for your fabrication needs.

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  • Louisville, KY

    Producing five different standard products, as well as complicated roll forming sections and secondary operations such as notching, punching and fabricating, is Roller Die & Forming Company, Inc. They provide in-house tool room for quality metal moldings and the employees have been trained in every aspect of the roll forming process, representing over 200 years of experience.

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  • Racine, WI

    Premier Products of Racine is a full-service company established in 1999 that provides custom roll formed products for applications such as outdoor appliances, tanker trucks, and office furniture. Our 40,000-square-foot facility enables us to perform a variety of additional processes such as custom packaging, welding, and riveting. For more information on what we can do for you, call or visit our website!

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Metal Channels Industry Information

Metal Channels

Metal channels are closed or opened tubes formed from metal strips, usually used for some sort of structural application. Metal channels are usually rectangular-esque, but open metal channels may take on a variety of shapes, such as those that resemble the letter U, the J or the letter C. These channels are named U-channels, J-channels and C-channels, respectively. Depending on their shape and size, metal channels may be used for a wide variety of applications, including many applications in the electrical, carpentry and building construction industries. They are often used, for example, to direct electrical wiring and/or house and protect wiring from exposure, as tracking for carts, as rail guidance systems, as door trim, to support highway signs and to support modular shelving systems.

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Roll Forming Metal Channels

Metal channels may be made from a variety of metal materials, the most common being steel, aluminum, zinc, brass or a combination thereof. Different materials work better or worse in the creation of different channel products. Brass and aluminum, for instance, are both popular choices for the fabrication of perforated shelving support channels. Regardless of the material chosen, the easiest and least wasteful way to fabricate a metal channel is through a cold rolling process known as roll forming. In rolling forming, instead of applying heat, a roll former applies force to shape the metal. More specifically, it engages a long series of rollers, which are designed to fit snugly around the material’s contours. Each set of rollers is slightly different than the one before it, so that as the metal passes through, it gradually changes shape. Once it passes through the final roller, which imparts the metal with its intended shape, it may be considered a channel. Often, after being roll formed, the metal channel undergoes further processing. It is, for example, frequently cut down to one or more predetermined lengths.

Finishing Processes for Metal Channels

Additionally, manufacturers may apply finishing coats for aesthetic and/or functional reasons. Take, for example, J-channels. J-channels are commonly installed around the edges of different building components, and for this reason they are often coated to look like wood with a brown, grainy finish. In addition, since they are frequently installed on the outside of a building, they are also typically available for purchase with a layer or layers of all-weather coating.

Types of Metal Channels

Manufacturers can fabricate channels to meet a variety of different standards, depending on the market or markets to which they are selling their product. Usually, metal channels are standard made and may be purchased directly from a manufacturer or at a hardware store, though it is also possible to custom order metal channels if need be. Also, some channels are available in a variety of standard styles. C-channels, for example, are offered in different styles that match the different regional norms. Styles such as these include American Standard, Aluminum Association and Canadian styles. American Standard C-channels have rounded corners and sides that thin out gradually as they ascend, while Canadian style C-channels and Aluminum Association style C-channels both have rounded corners on the inside and thick walls. Also, upon occasion, two C-channels can be welded together to create an I-channel.

Things to Consider When Purchasing Metal Channels

Some metal channels are better suited to some jobs than others. U-channels, for example, which are typically quite deep with a rounded bottom, lend themselves well as the trim around shower door glass, as repair pieces for window frames, as conduits, as railings and as components in boat accessories. They are especially useful because walls associated with these applications can be different lengths. J-channels, on the other hand, are much better suited to aesthetic applications. Mostly, they are installed as the finishing touch around gable edges, around window trim and around door trim. C-channels stand apart from the others because, in addition to being applied as trim or molding, they are often called upon to serve both joining and structural purposes. To find out more about differentiations such as these and to determine the best metal channel for your application, reach out to a trusted metal channel manufacturer. To find such a manufacturer, look no further than this page, which lists a number of talented and proven metal channel suppliers. With any one of them, you’re not in good hands, you’re in great hands.

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