Bending Stainless Steel Tubing: A Few Considerations

A variety of methods can be used for bending stainless steel tubing.  If the bend has a large radius, the tubing can be curved with three-roll benders (also called section benders, profile benders, or angle rolls.)  If the bend has a tight radius, the tubing can be bent on a rotary-draw bender through a process called . . . → Read More: Bending Stainless Steel Tubing: A Few Considerations

Mandrel Bending of Pipe for Bollards

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A common application of mandrel bending of pipe is for pipe bollards.  A bollard is one of a series of posts preventing vehicles from entering an area.  Bollards can be as simple as a straight pipe embedded vertically in the ground, or they can be made of pipe with four bends in two planes.  The most . . . → Read More: Mandrel Bending of Pipe for Bollards

Rolled Angle Rings: Standard vs. Blowpipe

One of the most common applications of angle bending is to form complete rings which are called rolled angle rings, angle flanges, or companion angle rings.  Such rings are made of angles as small as ½ x ½ x 1/8 and as large as 8 x 8 x 1.  These rings are used as flanges to . . . → Read More: Rolled Angle Rings: Standard vs. Blowpipe

Section Bending at Steel Day: September 23, 2011

Benders and Rollers, companies specializing in section bending for the construction market, will be supporting the efforts of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) to promote the use of steel in construction on Steel Day, September 23, 2011. 

Lectures, shop tours, and other activities will be taking place all across North America, . . . → Read More: Section Bending at Steel Day: September 23, 2011

Profile Bending for the Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metalworking Industry

When the job requirements for curved steel exceed their capabilities, members of the ornamental and miscellaneous metalworking industry often turn to companies that specialize in steel profile bending.  Although the miscellaneous metal workers can fabricate beautiful and complex railings, gates, fencing, furniture, balconies and sculptures—and many times with steel sections they curve themselves– they sometimes need . . . → Read More: Profile Bending for the Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metalworking Industry

Structural Beam Bending: How to Ship Long, Heavy Loads

Once structural beam bending is completed, challenges arise regarding how to ship what can be very long and very heavy loads.  Major steel mills like Nucor Yamato and SDI often employ pole trailers to ship their jumbo beams in lengths up to 105ft. and beyond. 

A pole trailer is an unpowered dolly or rig towed behind a . . . → Read More: Structural Beam Bending: How to Ship Long, Heavy Loads

Tube Bending: Where to Locate the Weld Seam

Except for seamless tubing and pipe, the other grades of tubing and pipe have a longitudinal weld seam.  When tube bending is done for OEM parts, the question often arises about where to locate the weld seam.
 
Possibilities include putting the weld seam on the inside radius of the bend, on the outside radius of the bend, . . . → Read More: Tube Bending: Where to Locate the Weld Seam

Steel Tube Bending: Trial and Error to Achieve Minimum Radii

The best way to determine if steel tube bending can achieve a given radius for given steel sections curved in a given orientation is probably through trial and error.  Companies that specialize in curving steel often keep records of what can be done and with what success.  With all the sizes of tubing available that could be . . . → Read More: Steel Tube Bending: Trial and Error to Achieve Minimum Radii

Steel Beam Bending For a Ski Jump

When a small town in the northwest corner of Connecticut decided to replace their 85-year-old wooden ski jump with a modern concrete and steel one, the design required steel beam bending. 

What spurred the construction of a new ski jump was the opportunity for Salisbury, Connecticut, to host the 2011 United States Junior Olympic ski jumping championships. . . . → Read More: Steel Beam Bending For a Ski Jump