MCA offers operation manual for portable roll formers, best practices

A new manual from the Metal Construction Association provides general guidelines for the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of portable roll-forming equipment in the manufacture of building wall and roof panels.  The 31-page “Portable Roll former Best Practices Operation Manual” is available as a PDF document at no charge on the MCA website.

MCAThe purpose of the manual is to familiarize company personnel and installers with general knowledge, basic operation, safety and maintenance procedures as well as troubleshooting instructions for standard portable roll-forming processes. Topics discussed include safety; operation; maintenance; and jobsite storage. Several diagrams further explain each section.

“Our members asked for a portable roll-former manual after we produced the factory roll-former guide a couple years ago,” says Bob Burquist, North American Sales for Bradbury Company and Chair of MCA’s Metal-forming Equipment/Roll-former Council. “There’s also no place in the industry to get this type of general, non-bias information so we wanted to make MCA the best, most reliable source. We received input from a lot of people and our goal was to make the manual as generic as possible.”

A complete list and description of MCA’s highly respected technical materials, including this manual, are available at . Most documents are downloadable free from the site.

About the Metal Construction Association
The Metal Construction Association brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research and technology and education. Companies involved in MCA gain tremendous benefit from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs.  Driving MCA’s market development efforts is The Metal Initiative (, which is a program to increase the use of metal materials in construction through the education of the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

MCA’s next meeting is the 2013 Annual Meeting, set for January 27-29 in Rancho Mirage, CA. 

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