Typically, aircraft tube bending is characterized by a number of factors. First, this particular type of tube bending often consists of tight radius bends some of these less than 1” x D. Also, the tube bending can include high wall factors of 200 plus, and oftentimes little or no straight between bends. In addition, with aircraft tubes, there is minimal permitted wall thinning (12 to 18 percent) and collapse (3 to 4 percent). Aircraft tube bending can introduce added complications, using a wide range of tubing material, much of which has very poor elongation (12 to 18 percent). Another characteristic of aircraft tube bending is its low production with many frequent tool changes. Therefore, if the tube bending is not handled properly, this will add time to the production process and challenge efficiency.

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Another important factor in aircraft tube bending is ensuring the finest quality material is used. For thin wall tight radius tube bending, which occurs frequently in aircraft tubes, there are special considerations regarding the material to be bent. To ensure consistent tubing dimensions and characteristics, all material required for a tube bending job should be procured from one supplier and should preferably be from the same lot or heat number.

Tools For Bending specializes in aircraft tube bending and can ensure the proper bending tools and processes are being used. In fact, Tools For Bending’s aircraft tools are known in our shop as ACQ. What you get is the highest degree of fit and finish in the industry. Our quality assurance is certified by the largest manufacturer of commercial aircraft.

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