Hydroforming

Hydroforming isn't as mysterious as it seems. This technology area is full of articles, including case studies, on hydroforming sheet metal and tubular sections.

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Beckwood supplies Triform equipment to international aerospace supplier

February 14, 2017

Beckwood, St. Louis, has supplied a Triform tray-style fluid cell sheet hydroforming press and an extrusion stretch-forming machine to an India-based aerospace supplier for fulfillment of several newly awarded contracts. With a 24- by 96-in. forming area and a dual shuttle system, the model...

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Vari-Form provides rear suspension trailing arms to Volkswagen

February 2, 2017

Livonia, Mich.-based Vari-Form has announced that it is producing right and left trailing arms for the rear suspension system of the Volkswagen Golf A7 using pressure-sequence hydroforming technology. The trailing arms, hydroformed from closed-section tube, maintain inherent strength while...

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Vari-Form load beam assembly meets requirements for 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

November 3, 2016

Livonia, Mich.-based Vari-Form has designed and manufactured the front-end load beam assembly for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica®, a minivan re-engineered from the ground up and built on a new platform. “Very tight packaging was one of the challenges we faced on this technically advanced van,”...

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Mills Products adds staff to engineering department

October 31, 2016

Athens, Tenn.-based Mills Products Inc., a contract manufacturer producing hydroformed, roll formed, and tube stamped metal parts for OEMs and suppliers in the appliance and automotive industries, has added two employees to its engineering department.Jason Watson joins the company as a quality...

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Roof structure system by Vari-Form saves weight on 2016 Nissan Titan

August 8, 2016

Vari-Form, Livonia, Mich., has designed and produced a hydroformed steel roof structure for the 2016 Nissan Titan® pickup as part of the company’s Hydroform-Intensive Body Structures (HIBS) strategy. According to Vari-Form, the part helped Nissan meet its targets for roof strength and crash...

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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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