Unless manufactured by milling or injection moulding, pipes are straight workpieces. Various features of prospective installation sites can mean standard components, such as branches, curves and angles, cannot be used; they must be created individually based on the production requirements at the site of installation. While a tube-bending machine is often required for the crafts trade for making pipes a particular shape, pipe-bending tools used in industry need to be capable of producing a large variety of pipes with the same bend angle or radius.
- Tubes are straight workpieces
- These pipes are continuously produced and then need to be individually bent into form
- There is a large range of industrial tube bending machines available for this process
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Pipe benders are used widely in the mass manufacture of exhaust pipes for cars. These pipes are produced in a continuous procedure and must therefore be bent into shape after production. There are a wide range of automatic pipe bender models available for this purpose in the industrial sector. Hand-operated tube-bending machines are prevalent in the crafts trade due to their portability and ability to be used at any worksite. For industrial applications, however, pipes created using a continuous procedure are bent into shape by means of hydraulic tube benders and pneumatic tube benders, which are largely stationary.