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What Is Bending Equipment?

August 28, 2020 3:42 pm

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If you’re looking to shape sheet metal or similar materials, you are going to need some bending equipment. Bending equipment is the umbrella term for the suite of automatic systems and machine tools used in the process of shaping base materials without welding.

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Bending machines are used to manufacture products from materials such as stainless steel, aluminium, copper, iron and other alloys.

There are two categories of bending technologies: those perform cold bending and those that apply heat in order to perform hot bending. All manner of shapes, including cylinders, complex or irregular parts, can be made with bending machines such as those available from https://www.cotswold-machinery-sales.co.uk/ehrt/bending-machines/.

What Can Be Manufactured Through Bending?

Parts used in aeroplane manufacturing or ship construction, such as cylinders, tubes or other metal parts.
Production of pipe-line parts or pipes used in engineering, the oil and gas industry or communications.
Parts for buildings, shelters or even blast furnaces as well as general construction parts.
Furniture or other interior objects could also be created by bending.

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Generally speaking, most things which need to be created from a single piece of metal without the use of welding can be fully or in part shaped by using bending technology.

Bending Equipment Explored

There is a wide range of bending technologies in use. Each has its own particular strengths and applications. The type of bending equipment used will depend on a number of factors, including the intended use of the finished piece, the material you wish to bend and the size and thickness of the part to be tooled.

Sheet bending presses are used to bend sheet metal, for example, and are able to cope with large and heavy pieces of metal. Laser cutting, forming and bending are able to produce precise and easily repeatable parts thanks to the exact instructions which can be provided by CNC machines to the laser device. Other bending technologies include hydraulic folders and profile bending tools, as well as tools designed specifically for bending pipes or wires.

No matter what the intended project is, or where you are expecting to use the finished pieces, there is likely to be a bending technology that will suit the materials and finished product, whether that’s the heft needed from an automatic sheet bending press, the precision required from a laser forming and bending tool or the use of pipe and wire bending tools to shape these parts.

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