How to Switch from 12-1F to 8-1F on NTM’s WAV Panel Machine

Machine service & troubleshooting
Rick Zand|December 14, 2023

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to switch your New Tech WAV Wall Panel Machine from the 12-1F panel configuration to the 8-1F panel. Safety and precision are key, so follow these instructions closely.

At New Tech Machinery (NTM), we’ve helped metal contractors by providing the highest quality portable rollforming machines and machine support. We feel it’s important to educate our machine owners on how to operate their machines to their full potential. This includes showing you how to perform profile changeovers on your machine.

Materials Needed

  • 7/32 Allen Wrench
  • ½” Socket (for the shear)
  • 3/8 Wrench (for the shear guard)
  • Tape Measure

Safety Protocol

  • Ensure all safety covers, especially the shear cover, are in place.
  • Never reach through the shear; work only in front or behind it.
  • Follow local jurisdiction laws for machine safety.
  • Use the lock-out tag-out system to disable the machine before starting.
Profile changeover diagram

Step-by-Step Process

1.      Power Down and Lock-Out

  • Safely power off the machine. Apply the lock-out tag-out system to ensure it cannot be accidentally turned on.

2.      Remove Safety Covers

  • Carefully remove the safety covers from the machine.

3.      Adjust the Right Entry Guide Shoe

  • Move the right entry guide shoe to seven inches from its original position for the 16-4 panel.

4.      Disengage Forming Rollers

  • Ensure that all forming rollers (1 through 14) are disengaged.
Profile measurement

5.      Width Adjustment

  • Adjust the width from the current setting of 18 and 3/16ths inches to 14 3/16” by turning the adjustment handle counterclockwise.

6.      Check Auxiliary Guide Rods

  • Ensure that both the long and short auxiliary guide rods are correctly in place.

7.      Set the Left Entry Guide Shoe

  • Use a 13 5/16” width coil about 7’ long to set the left entry guide shoe, ensuring smooth entry of the material to set the left-entry guide shoe.

8.      Prepare for Test Panel

  • Remove the lock-out tag-out mechanism to enable the machine to run a test panel. Remain cautious around the moving parts, particularly the shear.

9.      Run a Sample Piece

  • Feed a piece of material through the machine up to the shear, proceeding slowly and carefully.
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10.  Reapply Safety Lock

  • Before adjusting the shear, reinstall the lock-out tag-out for safety.

11.  Adjust the Shear

  • Remove the shear guard and cover. Work safely on the front or back of the shear but never reach through it.
  • Remove the outside shear die for the 12-1F and one of the center blades.
  • Move the number one blade over one spot.
  • Install the 8-1F shear die, aligning it with the inside edge of the panel at the shear.

12.  Align Shear Dies

  • Align the die so that the hem of the male leg matches the line on the machine, moving the cam follower and upper blade as needed.
Showing die adjustment

13.  Test Cut

  • Remove the lock-out tag-out and run a panel through for a test cut. Check for accuracy and quality.

Your New Tech WAV Wall Panel Machine should now be successfully switched to the 8-1F panel configuration. For further adjustments, refer to our other instructional videos and articles or contact our service staff for assistance.

Safety Reminder:

Always prioritize safety when operating machinery. Follow all guidelines and use the lock-out tag-out system consistently to prevent accidents.

For more helpful information, feel free to check out our Learning Center and YouTube channel. For information about our machines, or to order accessories, including profiles, contact us to speak to an account manager.

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