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Unlike forging which uses heat to mold the tubing, tube swaging is cold-worked under high pressure, and is basically a deformation of the tube or pipe to attach to another tube or pipe and form its final shape. A mechanical or hydraulic tool compresses and reshapes the fitting, creating a permanent join between the previously unattached parts. Read More…

Tube Swaging Swaging is the process of using pressure to adjust the diameter of tube endings, usually for the purpose of attaching them to pipe fittings or cables.
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Apple Valley, CA  |  760-948-4220

Founded in 1959, Tube Bending Technology has its roots in the Apollo space program. With such a legacy, we take quality, performance and customer satisfaction very seriously. Our custom tubing services include tube bending and coiling, end finishing, processing, machining, welding/brazing, helium leak detection and more.

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Tube Bending Technology $$$

New 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.

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Sharpe Products $$$

Indianapolis, IN  |  317-241-4072

Known for excellent tube forming & fabrication service since 1972. Russell’s Tube Forming specializes in tube forming and the development & production of tube related parts & assemblies.

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Russell's Tube Forming, Inc. $$$

Boyertown, PA  |  610-367-2021

Judson A. Smith, a division of A.T. Wall, is a tube fabricating services manufacturer of tube bending, tube assemblies, laser fabrication, machining and small diameter tubing. We serve numerous industries, including medical, aircraft, electrical and automotive.

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Judson A. Smith Company $$$

Garland, TX  |  972-276-3010

Since 1985, Arrow Fabricated Tubing has had an extensive line of fabricated metal tubing products. We are a leading supplier of aluminum and copper fabricated tubing products including crossovers, return bends, complex brazed assemblies and interconnected tubing. To ensure the highly quality and standards Arrow is ISO 9001:2008 Certified and ANAB accredited. Give us a call today to learn more about Arrow and our products.

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Arrow Fabricated Tubing $$$

New Market, VA  |  215-699-5801

Precision Tube is a tube fabricating services company specializing in precision tube bending, tube assemblies and small-diameter tubing. We serve a number of industries such as aerospace, commercial, military and many others.

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Precision Tube Company $$$
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Tube swaging is one of the many specialized services of tube fabricating, and should be done by qualified personnel. Many industries require the use of pipes and tubing, and thus require the ability to connect tubes to create a flow system. Swaging and flaring tools easily merge wires and pipes, bending and fitting individual pieces together to create sealed joins.

Radial hammering is a process used to compress the pipes, adjusting the shape and diameter of the tube under repeated pressure. Tube diameters can be reduced in order to be fed through the die block and prepared for attachment. Tube flaring, a similar process to swaging, creates a funnel shape at the end of a tube that matches the fitting or component it is to be attached to.

Wires and pipes are easily joined together through the process of swaging as it bends and fits individual sections together to create a cohesive system. With the complicated system of tubes in many appliances and machines, it is important the ends of the tubes and piping fit together in a tight seal. Leaks can be hazardous and cause damage to the unit, and to the people using it.

Swaging is accomplished by using a tube die to compress one tube in order to reduce its diameter, it is then connected to another pipe or fitting and compressive force is applied to form a join. The inner diameter of the tube can be a different shape as a result of the compression. Swaging is the method commonly chosen for fabricating precious metals as there is no material lost during the process; rather it is simply a compression and reshaping of the existing material.

Tube swaging and tube end forming are used with various material alloys such as stainless steel, aluminum, steel, titanium, copper or brass. Common industries that utilize the process of tube swaging include aerospace, medical, automotive and commercial, and in a variety of commonly used machines and appliances.

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