CNC Bending instead of Welding
For the oil and gas industry, tubing and piping systems are critical parts of infrastructure and account for a considerable amount of operating costs.
An efficient and economical production system is often a factor in efficiency and production. When compared to welded components, bent tubing and pipe systems offer some advantages. By using CNC bending, oil producers can reduce costs and production times . With regard to bending angle and geometries, plant engineers can enjoy distinctly more flexibility thanks to the bending.
Many piping systems use the traditional method of using welded bends. These three-dimensional tube or pipe systems require numerous working steps. With the demand for application specific solutions, the user of complex pipe geometries is growing. Although these configurations are possible, the complexity of the design requires numerous welds require extensive time and personnel.
In addition to installation, the welded systems then require subsequent seam inspection. By using bending, pipe systems can be produced more precise on CNC-controlled bending machines. This approach also can create a more time efficient installation with associated cost reductions.
Using CNC control, piping is clamped in the machine and brought into the corresponding position for the first bend. For the following bend, the CNC machine moves and turns the pipe into the positions needed to complete the bend profile. Using the computer-controlled process, the tubing can be completed with all the necessary processes and movements automatically.
This is how three-dimensional tubing systems are produced very quickly without a single welding seam. With this process, total welding seams are reduced to offers stability and additional protection against leakage. For systems with less welds, it creates a system able to withstand high pressures more reliably.