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Lean manufacturing is the process of cutting back on certain materials or speeding up certain processes to lower the overall cost of manufacturing. There can be key benefits to this approach to manufacturing, but it's important to move forward with a balanced view of lowering costs without compromising quality. This blog looks at that concept, but it also delves into other information related to the manufacturing and industrial fields. Ultimately, this blog is designed to help manufacturing professionals as well as B2B clients who purchase products or outsource processes to this field. If you have questions, I hope that you find the answers you need here.


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4 Attributes to Make You Fall in Love with the Induction bending Process

by Mark Peters

There is one good thing about metal pipes, versatility! They can go just about anywhere that you would like them to, unlike other materials that can succumb to operational challenges like immense heat, cold or abrasive chemicals. The only challenge when working with metals is that they are hard to bend and manipulate to fit into tight spaces, contours or corners. There is a high risk of stretching them too far and eventually breaking them. Thankfully, the induction bending process helps you create several types of bends on metals in the course of your construction project. Here are four attributes that will make you fall in love with the induction bending process for your project:

High Level of Accuracy

When using the induction process, there is a high level of accuracy compared to other traditional methods used to bend pipes and tubes. In this process, the use of heat minimises spring-back on the radius of the bend. Spring-back refers to elastic recovery, which is the tendency of a metal structure to curl back into its original shape after undergoing tension and compression force. All pipes and tubes made using metals have an elastic limit such that they return to their original when bent to this point. This causes errors when bending metals as the inner radius of the bends doesn't compress uniformly. The induction bending process eliminates these errors for a more accurate result.

Free-Shape Bending and Contouring

With the induction bending process, you have more freedom to play with shapes and contours, which is not possible with some bending techniques. In fact, some fabricators use bending die to process some radius and bend angles. This is not necessary when you go for induction bending.  You can make detoured and three-dimensional bends without much hustle.

Consideration of Mechanical Properties

Ordinary metal bending techniques generally don't consider the mechanical properties of the metal you are working. For instance, you need to know the strength and ductility properties of a metal before you start bending it. Induction process bending can be computerised to apply processing methods that account for the mechanical requirements of each metal you are working on. This may include combining metals at the bent sections to create alloys for optimal strength and durability. Additionally, fabricators using the induction bending process can control the speed of cooling and heating temperature of the section they are bending. Therefore, you have a stronger, reliable and durable bend made according to the physical attributes of the metal pipe in question.