Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and structural steel fabricators subcontract work to companies that specialize in bending and curving steel. Roller/Benders have the equipment, the methods and the machine operators that can produce high quality curved metal parts on time with competitive pricing.
Where do Bender/Rollers find the machine operators to run the section benders, plate rolls and other . . . → Read More: Bending and Rolling Steel: Where to Find Machine Operators
The process of Rotary Draw Bending allows for pipe or tube to be curved to tight radii with minimal distortion. This is a process most commonly used in bends on piping or tubing for the process piping industry. The most common radii specified in designs are 1D, 2D, & 3D which describe the radius of the . . . → Read More: Rotary Draw Bending of Pipe or Tube with Substituted Design Radii
When designing for the use of rolled steel shapes in any application, architects and engineers must take into consideration the fact that most bending and curving processes require a certain length of material on each end of the curve. This length of un-used, wasted material is required as pickup, in order for the machine to properly . . . → Read More: Pickup/Waste Considerations When Designing with Rolled Steel Shapes
The holidays provide opportunities and challenges for Bender/Rollers, companies that specialize in curving steel members: angles, bars, beams, tees, tube and pipe as well as steel plate and steel sheet.
The challenges include a reduced number of working days, less availability of shipping resources, a reduced workforce as associates take vacation days, and even time taken away . . . → Read More: Curving Steel Members Over the Holidays
The image is spectacular: A ruptured crane boom set perfectly against the exposed steel of an iconic New York City residential development with the ferocity of Hurricane Sandy on full display. As the tower curves dramatically toward its final expected height of 1005 feet, the fractured arm swirled dangerously in the wind 724 feet above midtown . . . → Read More: Steel Versus Nature
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Some years ago, Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, gave a billion dollars to the U.N. In a television interview, a reporter asked him if he could have done more good by reinvesting that money in one of . . . → Read More: What Good Are You Anyway?
Steel plate rolling can be done either on plate rolls—machines that incorporate three or four rollers to form curved shapes—or “bumped” with a radius die on a press brake. Both methods have their strengths and weaknesses. Everything else being equal (same plate thickness, same plate radius, same grade of steel), press brakes can usually “nose” the . . . → Read More: Steel Plate Rolling: on a Plate Roll or a Press Brake?
Questions about surface finish often arise when there is a requirement for bending stainless tubes for circular stair handrails. Will the helical tube bending process damage the finish? And what if the project requires bending polished stainless tubing? What if the tubing was polished before it was rolled helically? What will it look like?
A recent requirement . . . → Read More: Bending Stainless Steel Tubes for Circular Stair Handrails