Metal bending processes are used to form pipes or tubes that can be used for different applications such as petroleum pipe lines, handles, as freeway signs, in power plants and more. There are different machines as well as processes that are used to bend metals these days however this was not the case in the past.
In fact if you had to trace back the history of metal bending it goes back to the ancient Chinese civilizations. This is where reeds were used as tubes to transport water. In other parts of the world, hollow trees were used to transport water from one place to another. Later as newer technologies were developed, manmade tubes were created and machines that would help create tubes and bent tubes were first developed. Cast iron was used later on in England as part of industrialization to form pipes and tubes but this was manually done. This requirement was mainly due to the creation of the new railways network and manufacturing industry set up. Later on as technologies developed, converter furnace processes was introduced and these processes helped produce hollow bars as well as malleable low carbon steel. With the onset of World War II further aided to the metal bending industry as there was a huge requirement for pipes and tubes in aircraft, ships as well as automotives.
Currently, with the advanced technological developments as well as computerization, metal bending is done using different processes and machines. In certain specific cases even pre programmed robots are also used to perform heavy duty metal bending tasks. These days there is a lot of demand for pipe benders as they are used in different industrial applications. Larger and powerful benders are used for heavy industrial applications. Piping as well as mandrels is used to support as well as secure the pipe while the metal is being pushed to be bent. The ram, which is the upper part of the press, is used to shape the metal as well as form different shaped bends.
The uses of pipes bent are plenty. They are used in marine vessels, tanks, windmills as well as trains too. They are also used for architectural as well as structural applications and they are also used in stadiums, skyscrapers, bridges, canopies, homes, stores, stadiums and more.
There are different metal bending service providers and you find the one who caters to your needs depending on your requirements.