Fourth Unison tube bender at aerospace firm

Aircraft component manufacturer, Globe Engineering, has installed a fourth Unison all-electric CNC tube-bending machine at its facility in Wichita, USA.

The new machine has joined Globe’s existing Unison all-electric tube benders and will help to increase manufacturing capability. With overlapping capacities, the Unison tube bending machines at Globe can bend tubes from 1.25” (31.75 mm) to 6.00” (152.4 mm) in diameter.
In addition to supporting Globe’s ongoing requirements for bending quality aircraft tubing, the latest all-electric CNC tube bender from Unison will be used to bend a range of aluminium, stainless steel and titanium tubes measuring up to 1.25” (31.75 mm).
“We aren’t just creating new capability by buying a new Unison tube bending machine, we’re creating capacity and a safety net, in case we have a breakdown,” explains bend shop supervisor Shaun Knuth.
Describing some of the key advantages that Unison all-electric tube benders have over hydraulic tube benders, he adds: “They’re more efficient because they use less energy. In fact, they only use energy while they are in motion. By comparison, hydraulic benders use electricity all the time they are running, with their energy usage increasing during cycle time. Electric machines are much quieter too, and offer greater repeatability. You simply select the exact pressure required; if you want 1,272 psi (87.7 bar) of pressure, just type that in and the machine creates the exact same pressure every time.”
Knuth also praises the fact that Unison all-electric tube benders can be operated more slowly when hot-bending titanium, all the way down to a creep – a process that removes the risk of overheating and minimises scrap.
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