Types of Presses Used in the Pipe Manufacturing Industry
A pipe forming machine is one of the most frequently used machines in a variety of manufacturing applications. The reason is that it is capable of joining any material, including both flexible and rigid materials such as tubes, pipe fittings, pipes and joints. A pipe forming machine is generally considered as the most versatile machine in the market today and it can perform the job of both forming pipe fittings and joining them. This machine has several applications and hence, it is not necessary to own separate machines for each application.
One of the common uses of a pipe forming machine is to form tubes to various diameter and wall thicknesses. The machine unit comprises of a number of cylindrical pipe forms, which are referred to as pipe rolls. The outer diameter and wall thickness of the pipes that are formed need to be determined, and the unit is set to the desired size of the tubes. In case the diameter and wall thickness are not known, then they may be determined by taking the external diameter and multiplying it with the external wall thickness.
Another common application of the pipe forming machine is in the case of clamping. The purpose of the clamping process is to secure the tubes in place and to hold them for a specific period of time. In the case of clamping, the pipe fittings are placed in the machine unit and the machine is moved forward and backwards to measure the size of the pipe. Once the measurements have been taken, the pipe or tubes are clamped and the clamping unit is released. This is followed by the pressing of the clamping lever to close the clamps.
A third common application of the pipe forming machine is the Square tube forming machine. In this process, the steel pipe is fed into the machine along with pins that are fixed firmly to the steel pipe. A square tube is formed on the inside portion of the steel pipe and the pipe is pressed rapidly through the tubes so that the tube end caps are pressed firmly and the caps are pushed out of the tubes.
The last application of the pipe forming machine is the mechanical part. In this process, the steel tube is fed through the pipe or other type of material and the mechanical clamps are placed on the tubes. The clamps are released after the pressing and the compressed gas is released. This is followed by the release of the mechanical parts and the clamps are replaced with the new ones.
The pipe manufacturing industry requires large numbers of presses for different types of tasks. The pipes are manually pressed or are pressed automatically. Manual presses are used in the case of large pipes while automatic presses are used in case of small and medium sized pipes. Presses are available in different sizes and can be utilized for different pipe sizes. The pipe manufacturing industry requires proper machines for the press production so that it can be pressed efficiently to get the desired results from the pipes.