They are usually cylindrical, or round, but the cross-sections, or joinings may vary in shape according to application. Read More…
Sharpe ProductsNew Berlin, WI | 800-879-4418
Founded in 1990, Sharpe Products is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company specializing in industrial and commercial pipe and tube bending, laser cutting, end-forming or other custom fabrication services. In addition, we offer a robust line of architectural handrail fittings and accessories such as brackets, connectors, disks, end-caps, flanges, newel caps and spheres.$$$
Paumac Tubing, LLC.Marysville, MI | 810-985-9400
Paumac Tubing, LLC provides quality tube bending, end-forming, cutting and welding and works with aluminum, copper and steel. We are a supplier of OEM and Aftermarket Distribution centers. Paumac Tubing provides innovative solutions to our customer’s needs and we are proud to be ISO 9001:2000 certified. Products offered include: commercial tubes, exhaust tubes and structural components.$$$
LaFarge & Egge, Inc.Lynnwood, WA | 425-778-4123
LaFarge & Egge provides high quality precision tube bending and fabrication to 1-1/2" diameter in aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, inconel and steel. Offering flaring, beading, pressure testing, internal swaged fittings and cyro fitting installation. Tubular parts fabricated exactly how you need them.$$$
Lincoln IndustriesLincoln, NE | 402-475-3671
Lincoln Industries has been designing and manufacturing tube fabrications since 1952. Our tube fabrications range in diameter size, from 3/8” to 8”. Products we offer include tube bending, beading, expanding, welding, and forming. We are committed to manufacturing high-quality products that are delivered on time.$$$
Advanced Bending TechnologiesLangley, BC | 800-563-2363
Advanced Bending Technologies is an industry leader in structural bending, pipe bending, low deformation bending and forming of structural steel. We offer a wide range of innovative bending technology with the implementation of new equipment supplying products that are both accurate and unique to industries with architectural applications. Our services result in labor and material cost-savings.$$$
Fabricating is not the forming of tubing from raw materials, but rather includes: annealing, flattening, coating, buffing, sizing, welding, notching, piercing etc existing tubing to meet specific needs. These highly specialized processes require specialized equipment, especially as tubing is often a crucial component of an operation. Tubing is a common feature in many different fields and choosing a particular type includes considering factors such as dimension, performance, opacity, strength.
Consumer items such as steel handrails, bars, bicycle frames, tent frames, displays and furniture use tubing. Industrial and manufacturing industries use hydraulic pipes in applications such as automotive fuel lines, exhaust pipes, hydraulic cylinders, and shell and tube heat exchangers.
Other examples of tubing formed include floor flanges and pipe elbows. Plumbing, engines, machinery, fluid transportation, HVAC processes are all further examples of areas in which tube is an important part and a further reason why precision fabrication is a valuable focus of tube manufacturers.
Types of machinery used in the process of tube fabricating use tube benders, mandrels for mandrel bending and tube swaging machines. These all require skilled engineers, operators and may require the assistance of CNC machines and CAD drawings. Tubing is often required to be very specific lengths and dimensions, and therefore using computerized equipment helps to eliminate human error and wastage. Cutting may include notching, punching or drilling.
Flaring and swaging are both cold working processes which expand the diameter of a certain length of tube or pipe, usually to make it capable of connecting with another tube. Hydraulic applications use tubing for a number of processes and it is important for the adjoining tubes to seal tightly to prevent escaping of air or pressure. Tube and pipe bending can be done by hand but is more often done by semi-automated and automated equipment which is faster and more precise than manual bending.
Using a mandrel prevents wrinkles on the interior of the tube around bends and corners and improves the overall quality of flow through the tubing. Tube rolling is the process of producing tubular parts through heat curing materials around a circular mold.