End-Forming in Metal Fabrication

Techniques and Applications
End-forming is a process that is used to change the geometry of a tube, typically at or near the end of the material. The process dates back many decades: once done with castings, manufacturers have now transitioned to custom, machine-forming for ... read more
 

Why is wall factor important?

Learn how this can impact a tube bending project
Wall factor, the ratio between tube outside diameter and wall thickness, is one of the key elements used to assess the difficulty of a tube bend. A wall that is thin compared to the tube outside diameter requires more support at the arc of the bend... read more
 

Tube and Pipe Measurements

Here's how it works
Now a year old, one of our most popular blog posts is about how to measure tube and pipe. To celebrate, we’ve created a travel size version. The naming convention for both tube and pipe is based on two key measurements: outside diameter and... read more
 

Multi-Axis Laser Offers Increased Flexibility

New machine technology arriving soon
Many customer specifications require custom bending along with laser cutting to create features, or shapes, on the surface. We have several machines to help us deliver these types of projects, and will soon be augmenting this capability with the BLM ... read more
 

New Parts Catalog in The Works

Learn what's coming
We’re working on the 2021 industrial handrail fittings and parts catalog. This has proven to be quite a project, one that has involved reviewing our current parts offering and looking at ways we could improve the lineup as well as the overall... read more
 

Bending Processes and Applications

An overview
When it comes to bending pipe or tube, there are several techniques that can be used to achieve a quality, custom-formed part. Given the variety of methods and variables, it’s important to know the options that go into creating the end... read more
 

Uses for Multi-Radius Bending

Multiple bends in one cycle
Multi-radius bending is commonly used for complex parts when one continuous pipe or tube requires two or more center line radii. It is a good fit for parts with a large centerline radius, where hard tooling may not be an option or for complex... read more
 

Dimensional Inspection of Tube Bending

The role and impact of technology
Dimensions of a bent tube are represented by either length, rotation and angle (LRA) or XYZ coordinates. This data can be gleaned from the information provided in most specification drawings, and are the guideposts used to inspect and verify the... read more
 

The Link Between Manufacturing and Parts Design

Technical factors for project consideration
Designing products with components that require custom tube or pipe forming can be more involved than it may initially appear. Factors such as tooling, materials and labor play a role in the approach to bending and associated services. Here are the... read more
 

Key Considerations For Laser Cutting

Reliability and efficiency for multiple applications
The term "laser" originated as an acronym for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation". Commonly used for parts manufacturing and other industrial applications, fiber laser cutting involves high-powered lasers that use a short wave... read more