Tube and Pipe Beveling and Chamfering Machine Manufacturer Review

Pipe or tube beveling is a process that allows an angle to be formed between the edge of an end of a pipe or tube and a plane that is perpendicular to the pipe surface.

MSI Manufacturing Solutions, Inc.

pipe bevelingMSI was established in 1992 to provide well-designed, easy to use, reliable machinery. The engineering department has over 60 years of experience in real-life manufacturing applications and this expertise has been applied to design and manufacture the best equipment for the industrial fastener industry although he company now serves all types of manufacturing and distribution operations.

MSI carries a line of standard machines that include the Chamfermate, Markmate, Nutmate and Feedmate machines as well as hydraulic bar shears. The company also produces custom machinery engineered and designed to meet specific customer and production requirements.

The Chamfermate line of high production chamfering and pipe beveling machines are designed to deliver easy set up and operation. The machines use heavy duty components and construction techniques that provide clients with years of dependable, reliable service. Models come in a broad range of diameters and applications.

These machines eliminate the need for any hand grinding or weld bevels and they are automated to provide higher yields and speeds than portable units. Chamfering and pipe beveling machines handle diameters of ?” up to 8” and can be accessorized with tooling to handle custom angles and J bevels.

The line of chamfermate pipe beveling machines includes a double end machine that chamfers both ends simultaneously of bolt blanks, stud bolts, rod, bar, tubing, or pipe.? These machines have bevel speeds up to 30 parts per minute significantly increasing the production of parts over standard chamfering machines.

MSI’s engineering department analyze customer requirements and provide a custom solution to meet your specific application. The company will modify an existing beveling machine or design a completely new piece of equipment that fits your requirements.

DWT GmbH Essen

Semi automatic pipe tube chamfering bevelling deburring machine

DWT is a family owned business headquartered in Essen, Germany.? Established in 1987 to supply German mining companies they now manufacture and supply pipe beveling machines and other products throughout the world to a variety of different markets and applications. Today, the company focuses on pipe beveling and cutting equipment as well as the production of nitrogen generators.

DWT specializes in products for weld preparation in pipe and pipeline welding applications.? The first step in the pipe welding process is edge preparation. The DWT product line offers unique equipment and tools to handle all working steps including pipe cutting, pipe beveling, pipe alignment and pipe handling.

The pipe beveling machine product line includes portable and stationary pipe beveling machines that can be ordered with either electric or pneumatic drives. The housing of the machines are aluminum with a very low weight. This makes the beveling of heavy duty pipes much easier.

Stationary tube bevelers come in several models and can be accommodated with CNC controls, roller benches and a copying system which allows very precise machining of thin-walled or non round pipes.

All models also come with a self-centering prism camp to firmly hold pipes in place as well as a large chip tray that has a separator to filter the chips out of the coolant. All MFS model bevelers also have a built-in pump for cooling fluid.

Bending and Forming Machine Tool Manufacturer Reviews

forming machine processBending and forming machine tools are used to bend tubes, solids and profiles. The machines can also cut and form metal into a variety of different products.

BLM Group

BLM group provides a full range of machining solutions used in tube processing technology.? BLM group is headquartered in Italy and is comprised of BLM SpA, ADIGE SpA and ADIGE-SYS SpA.? BLM SpA is the parent company and specializes in the manufacturing of CNC-bending machines, end-forming machines, automation and handling systems, and measurement systems.

ADIGE SpA manufactures laser cutting machines and cold saws used in the machining of tubes, solids and profiles, de-burring machines, measurement systems, washing machines and collectors.

ADIGE-SYS SpA specializes in the manufacturing of combined laser cutting machines for tubes and sheet metal as well as laser cutting machines for big tubes.? BLM relies on its 50 years of experience in the tube processing industry to develop innovative, customized solutions for their customers.

BLM bending machines are used in the automotive, furniture, agricultural, aerospace and steel industries. All of the bending and forming machines allow processing without any manual adjustments which reduces or eliminates waste and guarantees the first piece and every piece thereafter is correctly and accurately processed to provide maximum repeatability and quality even when applied to complex components and more and more challenging materials like titanium.

Bending machines are available throughout the range including wire-bending machines, tube bending machines, and even curved and cut metal pieces.

Apart from the manufacture and sales of bending and forming machines, BLM also offers a full line of laser tube cutters, CNC cutters and endmachining lines for both tubes and bars, end-forming machines, measurement systems and a no-touch, in-line tube inspection system.

SOCO

bending machine in actionTaiwan tube manufacturer Soco is one of the largest manufacturers of CNC machining tools for the tube, pipe and solid bar industry. Their product line includes bar cutting, bending, chamfering, deburring and tube end forming and finishing machines. Although headquartered in Taiwan, SOCO has several production facilities around the world and 25 branch offices.

SOCO’s tube bending machines are specially designed for use in the automotive industry to produce manifolds and converter inlet pipes in the exhaust system that require accurately controlled wall thinning ratios to ensure the tubes can withstand the high system pressures.

Herber AB

Herber AB, headquartered in Sweden manufactures advanced hydraulic and electrical machines for cold tube forming. Most of their customers are in the automotive industry where precision and flexibility in the machining tools is an absolute necessity. They manufacture every machine to the customer’s needs and requirements and often provide solutions to complex problems including developing entire systems.

Herber offers a full line of bending and forming machines including hydraulic bending machines which are used by many automotive plants including Volvo bus, Visteon, gate Eurokat and Faurecia.? Herber bending machines are also used quite extensively in the furniture industry.

With a good, strong reputation for quality and precision machines built on a long list of satisfied customers and perfect end products in the marketplace Herber remains a top manufacturer of bending and forming machining tools and fully automated machining systems.

Sheet Metal Bending Process

metal bending processSheet metal bending is the process by which force is applied to a piece of thin metal, to make it bend. This is the beginning process of making items as small as brackets or as large as chassis.

Air ducts, encasement’s for electronics and building roofs are some of the common areas that benefit from bended sheet metal.

Commonly used equipment for bending sheet metal include box brakes, pan brakes and brake presses. Although the final results may not be precise, some people want to know how to bend sheet metal by hand, and as long as the metal is thin (and small) enough – this is quite a doable task.

The process of metal bending is similar to how you would bend a piece of cardboard over a counter top edge, to achieve a straight line – the difference lies in the amount of pressure required to perform such a? task.

A mallet, block of wood and a stake may be some tools that are required in bending sheet metal by hand, without the assistance of a hydraulic or computer controlled brake press (which are tools mainly used in producing a high volume of product).

Types of sheet metal bending methods

Air Bending

This method of bending sheet metal is done by a “punch” (also known as the “top” or “upper” die) being pressed into the material, and forcing it into the V-shaped bottom die.? The bottom die (often referred to as “tools”) can either be square or “V” shaped.

A couple of advantages of using the air bending method are that a variety of materials (and thickness) can be bent in a variety of different angles, which allows for much flexibility with this method. In addition, there are less tool changes, which allows for higher product output.

Due to the fact that the sheet is not in constant contact with the dies, the disadvantage to air bending is that it may not be as accurate as other types of sheet metal bending methods.

This minor disadvantage does not hinder the fact that air-bending remains the preferred method of sheet metal bending.

Air bending - Bottoming

Bottoming

With this sheet metal forming process, the sheet is forced into a “V” shape opening.? With this method, the “U” shaped opening option cannot be used.

The advantage with using the bottoming sheet metal bender is that you achieve greater accuracy with little spring back. The minor disadvantage is that for each thickness, bend angle and material change, a different tool setting is needed.

V die metal bending

Coining

Coining offers the most precision than other bending sheet metal process, but this method is very costly and rarely used.

Folding

In this process, the long sides of the sheet are clamped, and the beam rises and the sheet folds around the profile. This process is excellent for large sheets, and surface damage is minimal (if at all) with this sheet metal bender.

Wiping

Wiping works in the same manner as the folding process, although it may be faster. The risk of damaging the sheets and producing scratches on the final piece is higher. A special tool attachment is required if using the wiping method on a press brake.

Rotary bending

This method is similar to wiping, but the top die is a free rotating cylinder, and the shape is cut to match the bottom die. This method of sheet metal bending is recommended for surfaces that have been painted. The advantage to this method is that in one single hit, an angle of more than 90 degrees can be achieved.

Metal Bending Machines, Brakes & Manual Benders

metal bendingA bending machine is the piece of equipment that is used to bend a flat piece of metal into a specific irregular shapes. CNC bending machines are one of the most recent technologies that deliver cost effective precision to metal shaping.

Universal metal bending machines easily adjust to accommodate a variety of shapes, and can be upgraded and customized at the users need.

A bending brake is a machine used by metal workers, to easily and effectively bend metal into a variety of shapes. A cornice bending brake machine is great for creating creases and simple bends.

A box and plan bending brake machine allows for more versatility, as it goes beyond simple bends, and the user can create box and pan shapes by removing and/or rearranging the blocks. Once it is formed (bent), then the box shape is then seared by welding, soldering, screwing or riveting them together.

Usually metal bender machines fall into four different bending categories, and they are (a) Rotary-draw (b) Compression (c) Roll and (d) Stretch. Each type, of course, has limitations and advantages.

Rotary-draw metal benders are commonly used to bend pipes and tubes.

Compression metal bending machines are used when material needs to be bent more than double the radius of the tube.

Metal bender tools/attachments

rotary draw bending

  1. Standard tool attachments are classified by the type of bend generated. All bends that do not have an extraordinary geometric design are considered to be a “standard” bend.
  2. Offset bending tools are used when 2 bends are required (with a gap between the pieces). This is created in one step with this metal bending attachment.
  3. U-Bending (narrow bends) is achieved with a bending mandrel.
  4. Edge bending tools are needed to create highly accurate angular measurements.
  5. Torsion metal bending tools are used when the workpiece needs to rotate on its longitudinal axis.

Metal bending techniques

Air bending is considered to be a very common type of metal bending technique.? Basically, the metal piece comes in contact with the punch tip and outer edges of the die. The punch is then forced in the “V” shaped opening and the shape is created.

air bending processBottom bending is the metal bending technique that is used when the angle of the finished piece should identically match the die angle.

The three roll push (also known as “TRPB”) is basically a free form way to bend geometric shapes that consist of several simple curves. During this process, the metal pieces are guided between the supporting and the bending rolls, and pushed toward the tool.

The roll metal bending technique is used to form coils when a piece of metal is passed through three rollers, which apply pressure that causes this type of bend.

Heat induced metal bending techniques requires temperatures starting at 800 degrees, and can exceed 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the coil has reached the desired temperature, it is placed against the metal to form a shape. After the bend/shape is achieved, then the metal is cooled via a water or air spray.

Final Word

When considering a metal bender purchase, it is advised to analyze your needs, and what exactly your final results should be. Other considerations should include the type, size and shape of material you plan to bend. Also, the daily quantity output is also going to play a significant role in your final purchasing decision.

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The Versatility Of Modern Bending and Forming Machines

Modern Bending and Forming Machine

 

Bending and forming machines fill a vital role in the production of parts. They come in a variety of styles and sizes. Some are manual and some are automatic, but all perform essentially the same work: bending metal into different angles and forming it into pieces that fit specific applications.

Bending of metal has been necessary since its earliest days of discovery. Previous generations heated metal and bent it by hand, usually by pounding it with a hammer. Later, larger hammers were powered by wind and steam to bend larger pieces of metal more effectively. Modern machines have been built off this technology. The use of electric motors and hydraulics are among the modern additions used to apply sufficient pressure to bend metal of many sizes.

Standard Bending Machines

Modern Universal Bending Machines can perform many tasks through simple adjustments that require little effort. They often consist of a machine and a work bench, with the machine programmed through software packages. Basic machinery can be purchased and then later customized to handle expanded duties.

The best bending machines can manipulate tubing and other types of rounded metal. The hand-operated bending machines still in use are small and task-specific, often used for die parts that need to be replicated quickly.

Types of Bending Completed

The different types of bends described below require different types of tools.

Standard: this refers to bends that do not require unusual geometric shapes and angles. They are usually used for large pieces of metal that have simple, uniform bends.

?U-bends: these are used when tight and narrow bends are required. The former is replaced by a mandrel, which has a more narrow geometry.

Offset bends: these are used when two bends positioned closely together need to be performed in one step.

Edgewise bends: these machine tools involve the bending axis being tight placed parallel to the side of the work piece. Special tools are needed to perform the precise work required by electronic angular measurements that produce unquestioned accuracy.

Torsion bends: these occur when the tools are able to rotate the piece on a longitudinal axis. These are sometimes needed when complex assembly groups with standard bends are called for.

Types of Measurements Use by Bending and Forming Machines

Angular: Spring back compensation and electronic tools help to produce consistent angles within +/-0.2° of each other throughout the batch. The technology of angular measurement involves bending prisms equipped with bending bolds. The bolds rotate, giving a signal to ensure proper angle measurement. The computer then creates the final stroke and spring back of every bend, adjusting slightly for the type of material being formed.

Stroke: bending prisms with electronic angular measurements are not suitable when bends are close together. When this is the case, the control unit must be switched from angular measurement to stroke measurement, which governs the bending ram and immersion depth of the punch.

Machine Operation and Networking

CNC bending and forming machines can have the computer built into them or have a PC operate them from an external work station. New programs are easily imported, and the best programming does not require much expertise to operate because the software asks for all relevant numbers and then communicates with the machine. Inputs are also easily corrected, and the screen clearly shows the part to be bent.

These machine tools are often linked to others that perform related functions such as punching machines. This is easily accomplished since one type of software is used for programming all production steps at the same time.? In many instances, a piece that needs to be bent also requires holes, so linking these two operations is a huge time-saver. Stamping presses are another machine commonly linked to bending and forming machines and operate similarly.