Roll Form Group Receives Top Industry Award from CWA

Samuel, Son Co., Limited is pleased to announce 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. Roll Form Group (RFG), a division of Samuel, Son Co., Limited, manufactures heavy roll formed product. 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 29, 2014 in Vancouver, BC.

About Samuel

Samuel, Son & Co., Limited offers end-to-end solutions in the distribution, transportation, processing and manufacturing of metals and industrial products. Originally founded in Toronto in 1855, Samuel now operates over 110 locations and is the largest family-owned metals processor and distributor in North America. See for further details about our full range of carbon, stainless steel, and aluminum products.

About RFG

Roll Form Group, a division of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, operates five roll forming locations in the USA and Canada, and specializes in heavy construction parts and sheet piling, structural railcar components and accessories, open web joists, and various custom formed profiles. See for further details about our products and capabilities.


Lou Sartor


ROLL FORM GROUP, Division of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited

6701 Financial Dr, Suite 100

Mississauga, Ontario L5N 7J7

(800) 233-6228 / (905) 270-5300

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