Curved Stainless Steel and Chicago’s Draft Town

The city of Chicago has prepared for the media spotlight this weekend as the NFL has moved its annual draft events from New York to the heart of the Midwest this year.  Tourists and locals alike can visit Grant Park to take part in a number of activities as part of the “Draft Town” built up . . . → Read More: Curved Stainless Steel and Chicago’s Draft Town

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Limitations of Bending Tubes and Pipes

Often, in the bending and rolling industry, we see requests which push the limitations of tube bending.  This can occur in both large and small pieces.  Sometimes a project may have been designed without considering the physical effects curving has on the material.  In these cases, design plans can occasionally be evaluated and modified with the . . . → Read More: Limitations of Bending Tubes and Pipes

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Short Radius Elbow, Sweeps & Returns through Pipe & Tube Bending

Many industries, including liquid petroleum gas (LPG), chemical & petrochemical, energy, and process piping, etc. have a large requirement for pipe fittings including elbows, sweeps and returns. These industries deal with the transferring of gases and liquids within their processing facilities and between one another on a daily basis. Elbows, sweeps and returns are used to . . . → Read More: Short Radius Elbow, Sweeps & Returns through Pipe & Tube Bending

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I’ll be Curved for Christmas

It’s Christmas time!  Lights are being strung from the roof tops of homes and businesses all around the country. It’s a beautiful sight.  In Kansas City we have a lighting ceremony at the historic Country Club Plaza, a shopping district built in 1922 which has the longest life span of any planned shopping center in the . . . → Read More: I’ll be Curved for Christmas

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Curved Steel to Help Uncage Big Cats

A zoo which is short for zoological park or garden is a facility in which animals are confined within enclosures and displayed to the public. Many critics believe that zoos hurt the lives of those they cage and they hurt our understanding of what animals and their habitats really are.  Zoos in America, particularly those with . . . → Read More: Curved Steel to Help Uncage Big Cats

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Tube and Pipe Bending for the Performing Arts

As far back as I can remember, I have been intrigued by the lights and sounds of live theater.  Both onstage and off, the environment within a theater captures a great deal of fluid and dynamic motion.  Naturally, we frequently see the use of curves within a theater to assist the experience.  Seats are arranged in . . . → Read More: Tube and Pipe Bending for the Performing Arts

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Curved Pipe in the Evolution of Racing Protection

Generated by strong spectator enthusiasm and wearing nothing but a sleeved protective garment referred to as a Xystis, the chariot racers of yesteryear rarely thought about safety, even when death loomed from fractured necks, spines and craniums, as a result of roll-over crashes.

Fast forward to post World War II years, to an abandoned Southern California . . . → Read More: Curved Pipe in the Evolution of Racing Protection

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Bending ASTM A53 vs. A500 Steel Pipe

Some structural steel fabrication drawings have material specifications that are probably incorrect.  For example, many architects and engineers mistakenly detail their drawings calling for the use of pipe with an A53 vs. A500 grade specification in their bill of material.

A500 pipe is normally used in structural applications and general construction.  It should be used for curved . . . → Read More: Bending ASTM A53 vs. A500 Steel Pipe

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Curving Pipe for Electric Cars

I am starting to see charging stations for electric cars.  A neighbor who is fortunate to own two electric cars manufactured by Tesla has his charging station in his garage.  However, if he wants to travel between cities along well-traveled highways in North America, Tesla “superchargers” allow him to travel for free.  86 stations are strategically . . . → Read More: Curving Pipe for Electric Cars

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Rotary Draw Bending

One of the most versatile and common methods to bend pipe and tube is rotary draw bending.  The radius of such bends is often described as, for example, “2D.”  A 2D bend is one whose center-line radius is equal to two times the outside diameter of the pipe to be bent.

Rotary draw bending involves clamping on . . . → Read More: Rotary Draw Bending

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