The production of wall-mounted boilers faces daily challenges of ever more complicated piping layouts with very close bend patterns, very narrow radii and a wide variety of material types (copper, aluminium, stainless steel) all built to tight tolerances. Plus, part cost must be minimized and production must be non-stop, 24/7. This means that a system reliability needs to be close to 100%.
Depending upon the application requirements, BLM GROUP can provide a variety of different, dedicated solutions developed based on decades of experience in the sector.
Solutions span from standalone systems to complete integrated production processes.
- The bar solution on one machine:SMART!
SMART is a CNC all-electric multi-radius bender with integrated automatic loading and unloading system.
Its compact layout and integrated loading-unloading ensure automatic non-stop operation.
It can be used for multi-radius, left and right hand in-process bending, with or without a mandrel, on metal tubes, pre-assembled parts (with flanges and end forming etc.) and hybrid parts.
This makes the SMART particularly well suited for bending tubes and pipes with complex shapes and multiple radii typically found in the automotive and air conditioning industries.
- The solution in 1 machine - coil:4-RUNNER!
4-RUNNER is the ideal bending machine when bending requirements (for radius, diameter, thickness) are less restrictive and as such allow bending without a mandrel: it is a complete production process starting from a coil which straightens, end-forms, faces, bends, cuts, shapes and finally unloads the finished part, all in one system.
It provides the ability to easily apply just-in-time principals simplifying logistics, eliminating intermediate steps and part rework on secondary operations while providing repeatable finished part quality across multiple shifts.
- From coil, with mandrel: the complete solution!
For applications that require tighter bending parameters (bend radius, diameter and wall thickness) combined with high cosmetic appearance requirement, combining the 3-RUNNER and SMART means being able to have an integrated process starting from a coil and including bending with mandrel. It's an extremely effective solution for both cycle time and piece part cost because operations occur simultaneously and material utilization is optimized.
- Automatic production processes
If the production batch size justifies a dedicated process, BLM GROUP tube and pipe bending machines can be easily integrated into a variety of automated production cells.
The technical features of BLM GROUP tube bending machines, their reliability and the availability of support from a worldwide service network makes BLM GROUP an ideal equipment partner.
A wide array of models means that you can find the best solution for a bending and endforming application to automate the entire process.