Klaus Hertell

Director of Engineering
Schuler Inc.
7145 Commerce Blvd.
Canton, MI 48187
Hydroformed Parts

Keeping hydroforming competitive

September 30, 2008

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ASTM A513 (Standard Specification for Electric-Resistance-Welded Carbon and Alloy Steel Mechanical Tubing) is a conventional specification that governs tube for many uses, and hydroformers have been relying on tube made to this standard for many years. However, some hydroformers think that some aspects of this specification aren't appropriate for hydroforming: Some portions of it need to be tightened up and others loosened. Developing a modified specification specifically for hydroforming likely will result in less expensive tubing and fewer failures.

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