There are many different ways to bend tubes, from using manpower to bend the tubes on its own to getting the help of machines. However, one way that is slowly being used more is computer numeric controlled (CNC) tube bending. This type of bending is done by hooking up a computer to a machine that is automating the tube bending and monitors the progress of the tube bending process in order to make sure that it is meeting the specifications that were loaded into the program. There are several different reasons why you should consider CNC tube bending.
1. Increases Accuracy and Repetition
One major advantage that CNC tube bending provides is that it only requires the operator to put a piece of tubing into the machine's radius, rather than actually do any of the bending process him or herself. The accuracy that a computer is able to achieve tends to be higher than what a human can achieve, meaning that the tube will be bent perfectly nearly every time. You also don't have to worry about losing accuracy with repetition or long hours because the computer will not become fatigued and will be able to continuously monitor the progress of the bending with the same level of accuracy.
2. Easy to Change Bending Requirements
Another advantage to using a CNC tube bending setup is that it is very easy to change out the bending requirements if your client's needs should change suddenly. All you have to do is switch out the file that contains all of the requirements from which the computer is reading from. For tube bending that is all manpower, you will need to teach the worker the new tube bending requirements and go through a few practice sets to make sure that it is being done correctly. For tube bending that is mostly automated without a computer, you will need to reprogram the machine, which can take an extended period of time.
3. Possible to Make Complex Parts
Finally, CNC tube bending setups are able to handle more complex instructions because the computer is controlling the machinery, not a human being. This means that you will be able to fulfill a greater number of client needs without having to spend additional time training or programming. This can cause your profits to increase.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in using the CNC tube bending method (such as Accubend Inc).