Bending metal provides a viable alternative to welding two components together. The end result of choosing bending over welding is an increased durability and in many cases reduced manufacturing lead time. Of course, bending metal does have its limitations so it's important to first know if the process is feasible.
The bending process involves a brake with associated tool and dies. Parts of various lengths can be bent multiple times with even the smallest of flanges maintaining a precise tolerance. Thinner material will have more bending capabilities, but Glaser is experienced in calibrating our machines for capable thicker bends as well. From tight mandrel bends to larger roll bends we can create a bent part to fit either your function or the parts' desired looks.
The reason for part bending depends on a variety of factors. Typically the process involves components being cut out, then sent immediately to the bender. Larger diameter material may have to be heated prior to bending. Blanks must be calculated precisely to compensate for the stretching of materials during the bend and to follow specific bend radii according to print.
Calculating and operating the bender involves minimal setup and turnaround time. Typically one or two extra parts will be cut as setup parts to fine-tune the process. Once the setup is finished multiple bends can be performed in succession, all within tolerance.
It should be noted that we are typically bending rounds for Anchor Bolt and U-Bolt finished products.
For more information about Glaser's specific bending capabilities please contact us.