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Software offers springback compensation in tube hydroforming

February 8, 2016

AutoForm Engineering GmbH offers AutoForm Hydro 2016 software for rapid tool design for tube hydroforming processes and simulation of these processes. It includes new functionalities for springback compensation after bending and hydroforming operations. The bending compensation is achieved...

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Mills Products earns Inventor’s Award for hydroformed heavy truck handle

January 6, 2016

Metal fabricator Mills Products, Athens, Tenn., has won the 2015 Paccar Inventor’s Award for a hydroformed stainless steel truck handle. The grab handle competed against submissions from Paccar’s global staff of 22,000 in the annual competition to identify the most inventive project of the...

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Deep-draw hydroforming presses updated with integrated tool change

November 18, 2015

Beckwood Press Co. has introduced the 20-10-10BD, 25-10-12BD, and 32-10-12BD deep-draw hydroforming presses. Updates to the pressure-containment system have resulted in improved cycle times while maintaining the company’s “infinite life” structural standards. In addition, each deep-draw...

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Beckwood to supply deep-draw sheet hydroforming press to LLNL

September 21, 2015

Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, will manufacture a Triform 20-10-10BD deep-draw sheet hydroforming press for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, Calif., an R&D institution for science and technology applied to national security. The press will accommodate a 20-in. maximum...

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Vari-Form joins Crowne Group LLC

August 4, 2015

Vari-Form, Troy, Mich., a manufacturer of lightweight, hydroformed automotive parts, has announced that the company has been acquired by Cleveland-based Crowne Group LLC. Vari-Form has three manufacturing locations in North America, a technical center in Strathroy, Ont., Canada, and a nonunion...

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Deep-draw sheet hydroformer offers cycle times less than 30 sec.

June 25, 2015

Beckwood has introduced the Triform 20-10-10BD, a 10,000-PSI, deep-draw sheet hydroforming press. It features a 20-in.-dia. maximum blank size and 10-in. draw depth capacity. With cycle times of less than 30 sec. and a quick tool change system, the compact press allows manufacturers to form...

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Deep-draw sheet hydroforming press handles up to 20-in.-dia. blanks

June 18, 2015

Beckwood has expanded its Triform product line with the addition of a 10,000-PSI deep-draw sheet hydroforming press, featuring a 20-in.-dia. maximum blank size, 10-in. draw depth capacity, and an integrated tool change system for fast changeover. The model 20-10-10BD offers cycle times less than...

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Vari-Form named Supply Chain Management Supplier of the Year by FCA US

June 16, 2015

Vari-Form, Troy, Mich., has been selected by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US LLC as 2015 Supply Chain Management Supplier of the Year. Recent projects include an upper cross member for the 2015 Jeep® Cherokee, which employed proprietary pressure-sequence hydroforming technology. The...

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Design, prototype, production services offered for hydroformed parts

May 19, 2015

Excella Technologies provides part and tool design, prototype, and production services for hydroformed and other tubular parts. The company focuses on fluid-carrying and structural parts for such industries as agriculture, construction, commercial truck, and automotive, using stainless, mild, and...

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Fluid cell sheet hydroforming press made for low-volume, high-mix applications

April 3, 2015

Beckwood offers the Triform model 2496-5BD fluid cell sheet hydroforming press for forming a variety of part sizes in low-volume, high-mix environments. It offers a maximum of 5,000 PSI of evenly distributed forming pressure. The press comes with a single bed shuttle or dual shuttles with front and...

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Vari-Form announces partnerships

March 17, 2015

Vari-Form, a provider of pressure-sequence hydroforming in Troy, Mich., has announced several international joint-venture partnerships. In Europe, the company is working with joint-venture partner EMARC SpA of Piemonte, Italy, to design automotive products using EMARC manufacturing facilities in...

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Mills Products to provide hydroformed desk legs for Steelcase

January 5, 2015

Brentwood, Tenn.-based metal fabricator Mills Products Inc. has been contracted to manufacture hydroformed desk legs for office furniture manufacturer Steelcase, Grand Rapids, Mich. The fixed-height and adjustable L-shaped and post desk legs are part of Steelcase’s modular c:scape office...

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Mills Products creates metal track to move Carlex’s automotive glass

December 3, 2014

Mills Products Inc., Brentwood, Tenn., has begun manufacturing a glass track for Carlex, a Nashville-based Tier 1 supplier of automotive glass. Carlex marries its glass to Mills Products’ roll formed metal assemblies to create OEM mechanisms that move car windows up and down. Mills Products is...

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Vari-Form receives 2014 GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award

November 4, 2014

Vari-Form, a provider of hydroforming technology for the automotive industry, based in Troy, Mich., has received a 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence Award from General Motors. The company also won the award in 2012. The award is focused on improving collaboration with suppliers. Winning...

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Strategic developments compress timelines, reduce costs for hydroforming

November 3, 2014


Successful hydroforming isn’t just about the technology; often it’s about the strategy. A forward-thinking die development plan, global die standardization, and knowledge about forming materials other than mild steel are three components that can go a long way in making hydroforming a viable option.

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