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November 9, 2012
Stationary parts don't make money
If you’re like most fabricators, you spend no small amount of time thinking about how you can improve your tube fabrication processes. Perhaps you have been talking to the folks on the shop floor, a few people in the office, and anyone... Read more...

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December 9, 2011
Assessing the arc
Tubing bent to a large radius is all around us. Take a look at the handles on a new refrigerator or the trim on an automobile—chances are you will see a few large-radius bends. These bends can be formed on many types of bending... Read more...

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September 9, 2011
Fabricating antenna components
Imagine driving down a country road, rounding a bend, and coming across a couple of cars in the ditch. You’re the first person on the scene so you use your mobile phone to call emergency services. In a minute or so police cars,... Read more...

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January 31, 2011
Get the slug out
Punching features in a tube perpendicular to the center axis of the tube is a common fabricating process. Whether you are punching with or without a mandrel, the next step usually deals with getting rid of the unwanted piece of metal, the... Read more...

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November 1, 2010
Sizing up the job
Putting a price on a fabricated tube is something we all deal with, and it’s critical to keep in mind the many factors that can come into play when we are asked to quote a job. Some are so obvious we tend to gloss right over them, and... Read more...

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September 16, 2010
The axis of safety
Over the last 40 years or so, most tube benders sold in the U.S. have been equipped with a certain level of safeguarding to prevent operator harm. However, guarding an operator from injury 100 percent of the time is not always easy.... Read more...

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July 9, 2010
Feeding the process
The process of advancing or feeding a tube during a forming process seems straightforward: Don’t lose track of the length of tube advanced and you have it made. Quite often, though, it is not that simple. For example, in a roll... Read more...

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May 10, 2010
Serpentine benders eliminate need to rotate material between bends
Winton Machine has introduced SB series CNC serpentine tube benders for production use. They perform serpentine bending without the need to rotate the material between bends (R axis plane rotation). The user programs the bend angles, centerline... Read more...

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April 29, 2010
Doing more with less
Should you use an autoloader or not? It’s a good question. In short, a device that automatically loads a fabrication machine often can make the difference between an operation that is questionably profitable and one that is definitely... Read more...

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February 9, 2010
Making a workhorse run
Vertical compression tube benders have been around for more than 50 years (see Figure 1 ). Historically associated with high-volume bending, these benders continue to play a role in production environments where parts have just one or two... Read more...

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September 1, 2009
Shaping profits with a mandrel extractor
Bending a tube and preventing it from collapsing is a mystery to most folks, especially those whose livelihood does not involve bending tubes. For those who bend tubing for a living, knowing how to decrease ovality in the bend region can be of... Read more...

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December 12, 2008
The ins and outs of extrusion bending
Extrusions are everywhere—in conveyor systems, scaffolding, playground equipment, swimming pools, and furniture. They also are key components in architectural windows and automotive window trim. We are surrounded by bent extrusions and... Read more...

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November 25, 2008
Serpentine bending in production
You might not see serpentine bends often, but they are used more commonly than you probably realize. Their main purpose is to transfer heat. A tube bent into a serpentine shape, successive 180-degree bends, allows an original equipment... Read more...

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October 14, 2008
Bending machine allows STEP file import
Winton Machine's RD30eCNC is a three-axis CNC rotary draw bender. This PLC-driven machine offers an optional PC interface that enables the user to import a STEP file from CAD directly to the bender without typing in a single data point. This... Read more...

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July 15, 2008
From the CAD station to the production floor
A 2-D drawing, which is the conventional method for describing components such as bent tubes, contains all the necessary information for programming a CNC tube bending machine. However, conventions don't hold forever, and modern technological... Read more...