Western Machine Works


Forming Roll – Machining & Shaft Manufacturing

This forming roll needed to be modified and new shafts manufactured to meet new operating requirements. The other option to purchase a new OEM-supplied roll and new shafts would involve longer time and a much higher cost compared to the modifications. Western Machine provided a comprehensive scope of work including precision machining,
manufacturing of new shafts, grinding, balancing, and engineering services. As a result, the modified roll and new shafts met all of the customer’s specifications.


  • Part: Forming roll
  • Details: 48″ DIA. x 70″ OAL
  • Customer: Building materials manufacturer


  • The roll’s original design did not allow for easy replacement of shafts. Western Machine’s engineering team designed a rigid cross tube to accommodate the new shafts.
  • New shafts needed to be manufactured using a corrosion-resistant 2205 duplex stainless steel material.
  • Modify the existing roll face by removing the chrome embossing patterns.

Engineered Solutions:

  • Disassembly, inspection, and non-destructive testing.
  • Machine  both ends of the forming roll in preparation for the carrier rings.
  • Design, machine, and install the carrier rings on roll ends to bore shaft fits that would be concentric to the roll face.
  • Reinforce the center shaft with a 2″ thick-walled tube. Install and weld on both head plates.
  • Bore both ends of the roll to accommodate the new shafts.
  • Manufacture and install new stainless steel shafts.
  • Grind the roll face to remove the chrome embossing pattern.
  • Modify both bearing housings to accommodate the larger shafts.
  • Dynamically balance the roll.
  • Complete the quality control checklist and prepare the final report.


  • Machined roll and manufactured new shafts met all customer’s specifications.
  • Customer saved on capital expenditures by modifying the existing roll vs full replacement.

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