Many people think that manufacturing is dead or that it has all been outsourced to foreign countries. However, that is not the case. In many industrialised countries, manufacturing has actually increased over the last few decades. However, due to improvements in processes, more advanced machinery and even the rise of artificial intelligence, a lot of manufacturing is no longer done by a human. However, it's still critical. If you are a consumer, a product developer, or even someone who works in the industrial and manufacturing industries, check out these posts. They explain and explore a lot of the reasons why manufacturing is still important and arguably more important than it has been in years.
There are a vast number of different manufacturing methods across many different industries. For that reason, it's always important to consider all your options before making a choice — but one method you should certainly think about for producing bent metals is induction bending. In short, this process involves creating a band of intense heat in a straight piece of metal and then manipulating that band to bend it cleanly into shape. A versatile process that's entirely automated and easy to set up, there are many reasons that induction bending may be an ideal solution for your manufacturing needs. Here are just a few of them.
Not only is the equipment required quite basic and uncomplicated, but using induction bending to create your bent pieces is also extremely cost-effective. This is because straight pieces are far cheaper than pre-bent ones; establishing an induction bending process to produce all your bent materials will save you a vast amount in material costs in the long run. Equally, because the process is entirely machine-based, experienced operators are not required to fulfil a manual bending process.
Though welding pieces together is often necessary, welded joints are weaker than solid metal. There is also room for human error when two pieces are welded together — and, like any manual process, it requires you to hire an experienced operator to begin with. Using induction bending eliminates the need to weld when creating bends, and therefore reduces the amount of welding required overall.
As the process is completely automated and very simple, it can really speed up any manufacturing process. Consider the time required to individually or manually weld bent pieces together, and compare that to the time it takes for a machine to heat, bend and cool one piece of metal. There's simply no contest. On top of the way it can speed up your own manufacturing process, it can also reduce the time you spend waiting for materials; straight metals are much more readily available than ones bent to your specifications, so it's faster to produce them on-site yourself than to outsource them.
Because the equipment required for induction bending is so uncomplicated, it is also very versatile. You can use the same setup — with some minor adjustments — to bend pieces of varying thicknesses, materials and types, and to varying angles. As such, it's a piece of equipment that you may well have multiple uses for — not just one.
Again, whether or not induction bending is suitable to your industry and manufacturing process will depend on your circumstances — but it's well worth researching to see whether it can be incorporated into your project.Share