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
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.
Fiber Laser to Replace Crystal Lasers in Hydroform
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.