If you need pipes bent, you need to hire an induction bender. If you're not familiar with their services, you may want to ask the following questions. The answers to these questions can help you determine if a certain induction bender is right for your needs:
1. What Metals Can You Accommodate?
Metals all have different melting points and temperatures at which they are malleable. As a result, a company may need special equipment to work with each type of metal. For instance, some induction benders may only work with carbon, stainless steel, or alloy steel, but others may work with all three metals as well as other types of pipes.
2. What Diameters Can You Bend?
The diameter of the metal also affects how it gets bent, and the machinery used in the bending process needs to be able to hold the pipework. To figure out if a certain induction bender can meet your needs, ask which diameters they can accommodate. Also, make sure that you're on the same page in relation to inside or external diameters.
3. What Are the Minimum and Maximum Wall Width You Can Handle?
Of course, in addition to diameters, you also need to ensure the induction benders can work with metal that has the thickness of the metal you use in your applications. In some cases, you may need an induction bender that can handle really thick metals whilst in other cases, you may tend to work with thin metals that require more care.
4. What Angles Can You Create?
The angles are also essential to consider. Generally, when it comes to measuring the angles on a bent pipe, you don't measure the angle between the straight portion of the pipe and the bent portion.
Rather you measure the deviation from the straight pipe. To explain, imagine you draw a line coming out from the straight part of the pipe. Then, you measure the angle between that line and the bent portion of the pipe.
It's important to ensure that you and the induction bender are both measuring your angles in the same way or some details may get lost in translation.
5. How Fast Can You Fill Orders?
Finally, you need to figure out how quickly the company can fill orders. That gives you an idea if that company can meet your needs on a logistic level. Talk about lead time, production time and shipping.
Contact a company that can help you with the induction bending process for more information.