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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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

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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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Beckwood installs 25-in.-dia. sheet hydroforming press for customer

August 29, 2014

St. Louis-based Beckwood Press Co., a manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses and sheet hydroforming presses, has built and installed a Triform deep draw sheet hydroforming press for a U.S. science, technology, and engineering company. The model 25-10-12SC features a 25-in.-dia. forming area,...

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Vari-Form named by Chrysler Group as top-performing supplier finalist for 2013

July 18, 2014

Chrysler Group LLC recently honored its top-performing suppliers during its 2014 Annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards ceremony. Vari-Form, Troy, Mich., was named as a finalist in the Supply Chain Management category with delivery and quality scores ranked at more than 95 percent. All...

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Software simulates tube hydroforming processes

July 15, 2014

AutoForm Eng. GmbH has unveiled its AutoForm Hydro 2014 software for rapid tool design and simulation of tube hydroforming processes. The software allows users to carry out a complete, virtual tryout of the hydroforming process, which involves such steps as bending, preforming, hydroforming,...

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Avure Technologies to supply hydroform deep-draw press to Kale Pratt & Whitney

April 28, 2014

Avure Technologies, Västerås, Sweden, with additional facilities in Columbus, Ohio, has received an order for a hydroform deep-draw press from Kale Pratt & Whitney, a joint venture between Kale Holding of Istanbul, Turkey, and aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney USA. The press,...

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Hydroforming press designed for high-volume production

April 7, 2014

Interlaken Technology has introduced a new four-column hydroforming press system for running high-volume production. It is available in clamp forces from 250 to 5,000 tons. The multichannel, closed-loop control system can be programmed to handle various sizes and materials. It also offers...

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Vari-Form retires historic hydroforming press

March 31, 2014

Vari-Form, a hydroformer in Troy, Mich., has retired a press that the company says was the first machine to hydroform an automotive structural part almost 24 years ago. Production of instrument panel beams on this machine for Chrysler S body minivans (Dodge® Caravan®, Chrysler® Town &...

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Hydroforming press available in clamp forces from 250 to 5,000 tons

February 24, 2014

Interlaken Technology has introduced a four-column hydroforming press system for running high-volume production. It is available in clamp forces from 250 to 5,000 tons. The multichannel, closed-loop control system is programmed to handle various sizes and materials. It also offers dynamic mode...

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Turning up the heat on tube hydroforming - TheFabricator.com

Turning up the heat on tube hydroforming

November 1, 2013

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Although hydroforming has gotten a lot of publicity in the last 20 years, a similar but lesser-known process, high-temperature metal gas forming, has been in use for more than 15 years. Because HTMGF works at elevated temperatures, it is useful for making complex shapes in titanium and aluminum, and it is making inroads into other industries as well.

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Hydroforming machines form without surface pattern distortion

October 28, 2013

FluidForming Americas has introduced its FormBalancer line of hydroforming machines to the North and South American marketplace. The machines impart friction-free metal distortion on the water-only exposed side of the part, and clamping and forming pressures can vary throughout the part creation...

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