End Forming Machines: Process and Application Narrow the FieldWritten by Mike Thomas | read
What do we mean when we say end forming?
The term “end forming” is a broad term for several different processes. End forming, or end finishing, is any process that can be done to change a tube’s shape. This includes processes like ram forming, flaring, expanding, reducing, IO sizing, and beading.
Need help determining which end-forming tools are right for your application? Tube End Forming Explained is an engineer’s guide to end forming tube and tube end forming!
How do you know which process is right?
When determining which end-forming process to use, asking a few basic questions is often helpful.
- What is the beginning tube shape? -Round, oval, and square are all common shapes.
- What is the final shape desired? – Flaring is the obvious choice if you need the final shape to have a flare.
- What tolerance is required? - This will help determine how much a tube can be manipulated.
Each type of end-forming process requires different tooling (and, in some cases, different machinery) and has its own advantages, limitations, and common applications. Tube size, material, and end use ultimately determine which process to use for a given application.
Which machine is used for end forming?
We offer some machine options for end-forming applications. However, the 150 MULTI STRIKE Ram Former is designed to be a complete ram-forming solution. Other end-forming machines offered by Tube Form Solutions include:
- SOCO TF-80-E
- SOCO TF-80/2-E
- SOCO TF-80-IO
- SOCO TF-80/2-IO
- SOCO TF-80/2-IOE
Contact us to learn more about our full line of end-forming machines, or let us help you find the right automated solution for your application!