Category: How To Save Money When Ordering Bends

Design: Use Common Pipe & Tube Materials (Part 1 of 9)

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Use common sizes, wall thicknesses, and grades of material. Tube and pipe charts available from any tube and pipe supplier show all sizes that can be made. Many of those sizes are available only at a premium because they are so seldom produced. If you are not aware of the…

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Design: Use Bending Tangents Wisely (Part 2 of 9)

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To bend tube and pipe, almost all bending machines require more material than the usable arc in the finished bend. These bending tangents, or the straight piece of the tube on each end of the bent arc (see Figure 1), are required by the bending machine to apply leverage to…

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Design: Use a Common Radius (Part 3 of 9)

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Today’s modern bending techniques allow almost any tube or pipe to be formed to almost any desired bending radius. However, designing bends to some radii will cost more than others. Some radii require custom ­built dies or expensive machinery and labor to achieve the bend. Many bending applications have some…

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Design: Consider Welded Material (Part 4 of 9)

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When designing bends with seamless tube or pipe, consider using material with a longitudinal weld seam or welded material over seamless material. Welded material generally costs less than seamless material. Because of higher-quality welding and nondestructive examination techniques used in the tube mill industry today, many designs can use the…

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Ordering: Know Common Bending Terms (Part 5 of 9)

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Know the proper terms and needed information to communicate your bending needs to your bender. Lack of good communication can be costly when ordering any custom-produced product, especially tube and pipe bends. Here is a list of common bending terms: A complete description of a tube or pipe bending job…

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Ordering: Avoid Minimum Charges (Part 7 of 9)

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Avoid minimum charges on small orders. Many bending operations have standard minimum charges, such as a setup fee for each bending machine. If you order only one bend, your unit cost for the bend can be three times or more than your unit cost if you had ordered 10 bends…

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Ordering: Ask How Cost Can Be Reduced (Part 8 of 9)

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Good suppliers will offer cost-saving ideas. However, sometimes you have to start that conversation. This applies especially to custom-produced products like tube and pipe bends, because minor changes in the bend can yield cost reductions. Ask your bender what changes in your bend would reduce cost. In many cases, you…

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Ordering: Have the Bender Arrange Shipping (Part 9 of 9)

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Consider having the bender arrange the shipment of the bent product from the bender’s plant to its next destination. Shipping tube and pipe bends that have irregular shapes can have its difficulties. The bender’s experience in shipping such items can help reduce shipping costs and save you time.   Informed…

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