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hydroforming

[¦hī·drə‚for·miŋ]
(chemical engineering)
A petroleum-refinery process in which naphthas are passed over a catalyst at elevated temperatures and moderate pressures in the presence of added hydrogen or hydrogen-containing gases, to form high-octane BTX aromatics for motor fuels or chemical manufacture.
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Early to recognize the advantages of CNC bending, Northern Tube, Pinconning, MI, a Tier Two supplier of tubular products for light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, was also quick to see the benefits of robotic laser cutting over traditional mechanical drill/pierce equipment in hydroform applications.
One highlight of the plant tour was a visit to the hydroform production cell that manufactures frame rails for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
Trace milling is not new, but Nelson points out, "We would have a hard time making the tooling for our hydroform operations without the Hosoi.
March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- After 23 years of service, Vari-Form, the industry leader in Pressure Sequence Hydroforming, has announced the company's retirement of the first machine anywhere in the world to hydroform an automotive structural part.
The design, which uses two ultra-thin steel sheets that create a 3-D shape, allows for two steel types and thicknesses: a thicker, more rigid steel to protect against lateral wear and tear; and a thinner layer for optimum hydroform profile, using less pressure and lower tooling costs.
Using this highly precise procedure, Vari-Form currently hydroforms over four million automotive structural parts annually for its partners worldwide.