Factors to Consider When Choosing the Ideal Equipment for Induction Bending Processes

Induction bending is an automated technique that aims at achieving bends without causing damage to the metal structure. Contractors prefer this method to most metal bending methods due to its ability to produce bends even on metals with small radii. However, the quality of the bends is highly dependent on the type of induction bending equipment used in the application. This article will address some of the key aspects that should inform your decision when choosing the ideal induction bending equipment for your project.

Workpiece material

The type of metal that's undergoing the induction bending process plays a significant role in determining the right bending machine for the job. Some pipes are harder to work on than others, and this means that the equipment used should be able to handle their rigidity without causing structural defects on the metal. For instance, it is easier to bend a copper pipe than stainless steel. This is because stainless steel has a higher tensile strength than copper.  As you purchase or hire a machine, consider the tensile strength of the metal and choose equipment that's proportional to the workpiece.

Performance threshold

Induction bending machines have an operational capacity that if exceeded can cause breakdown of the equipment or affect the quality of the bends.  Some are designed for lightweight applications while others are suitable for heavy-duty projects. As you select the ideal one, ensure that you match the machine to the nature of operations. For easy bending processes that are performed over a short period, you can go for a lightweight machine. However, for multiple projects or long-term commercial applications, you should get a heavy-duty machine. Always ensure that you don't exceed the performance threshold of the equipment as specified by the manufacturer.

Equipment accessories

Induction bending machines have accessories that aid in the bending processes. These accessories are bound to wear over time, and it is essential to check them periodically. This is particularly important if you are hiring equipment or are using an old one. Replace worn accessories and parts immediately to avoid affecting the quality of the bends. Additionally, you should avoid installing old components into a new induction bending machine as this can reduce its efficiency or introduce additional maintenance and servicing costs in the long run. Whenever possible, always go for new or quality second-hand replacement parts for your equipment.

Contact a professional contractor for more insights on how to choose the ideal induction bending equipment and achieve high-quality workpieces.