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30 years transfluid: progress in tube processing

Tube processing machines – from a two-man business to a world leader

30 years transfluid: progress in tube processing

Managing directors Ludger Bludau (l) and Gerd Nöker (r) founded transfluid in 1988. (Source: transfluid)

When people think about 1st April they mostly think about spectacular stories that ultimately turn out to be a joke. That is not the case for Gerd Nöker and Ludger Bludau. They both remember how the history of their company also started on a 1st April and now, 30 years later, the success it enjoys is greater than ever. The story is about transfluid: established in 1998 in Schmallenberg in Sauerland as a two-man business, the current GmbH is now a sought-after international partner providing solutions for machines to bend and process tubes. Since 2013 it is also a world market leader in CNC-controlled rolling tube forming. There is very little now to remind us of those humble beginnings, when there was just 125m2 available. But there is one aspect that transfluid has remained true to for the past three decades: its commitment to progress in tube processing for the benefit of its customers.

Always one step ahead
When you walk through transfluid“s production halls in 2018 you will see fully automated production units and robots, working efficiently and accurately as bending and end forming systems. „When we started out in 1988 the internet was not playing a role yet and I am sure that nobody could have predicted how digitalization would revolutionize whole industry sectors on such a massive scale and in the shortest of time – including tube processing, of course“, says business co-founder Gerd Nöker. In spite of that, the first development that transfluid – still Nöker & Bludau oHG at the time – launched on the global market was a small sensation. This was, after all, the first manual tube bending machine for small tubes, up to 16mm diameter; the t bend MB 642 is the unparalleled top seller and it is still requested from all over the world for on-site jobs.

The solution for tubes
There are now more than 12,000 machines in circulation globally, shaping tubes according to the concept of Bestform. transfluid is „the solution for tubes“, whether it is end forming, bending, cutting or connecting of the machines to an automatic cell. With their traditional technical creativity, the experts are, of course, also developing fully-automated solutions, including customized solutions to meet their customers“ individual requirements. The client base comes from a number of sectors: the plant and machine construction sector is represented just as strongly as the automotive and energy industries and shipbuilding, as well as many more. Ludger Bludau points out that „this is exactly what still makes our work so exciting after 30 years. We have the opportunity to grow again and again, together with our customers, thanks to the new challenges, and thus redefine the boundaries of what can be achieved in tube processing“. Greater efficiency, flexibility and optimized processes: transfluid offers all of this with its smart software, into which the experts have packed all their know-how. The comprehensive portfolio is completed with a wide choice of stock machines, offering fast delivery prompt support to deal with everyday challenges.

Strong team and entrepreneurial vision
A lot of room is needed for so many ideas and transfluid has created this over time. In 1991 the business found a new home at the current site in Schmallenberg. In addition to that, the business“ leadership has grown from two to five proud members. Benedikt Hümmler, Burkhard Tigges and Stefanie Flaeper have further strengthened the Bludau and Nöker founding duo. With their combined strengths and strategic vision, the leadership group of five keeps the business on the road to success, supported by a strong and committed team. It is noteworthy that there are 10 employees who have known the business since the beginning and are still working for transfluid.

Global market leadership leads to knowledge exchange
transfluid“s position as an international market leader through its technology was confirmed in 2013 in a special way. With the newly developed CNC-controlled incremental tube end forming, the business was added to and is still included in the „List of global market leaders“ of the South Westfalia Chamber of Commerce. Highly complex moulding geometries can now be achieved with the novel rolling process, such as end forming with very strict tolerances, groove structure with sharp edges and polished surfaces. This kind of forming are independent of special dies because they are adjustable. „We are of course proud of this recognition, as it is the result of intensive development work, into which a lot of our know-how has been poured“, says Stephanie Flaeper, managing director at transfluid. „However, it is also important for us to share this knowledge in the interest of advanced developments.“ Therefore, the company regularly invites other experts to exchange experiences and thoughts at its Innovation Days. The experts meet once a year in Sauerland, to learn about the latest developments and to discuss the challenges of tube processing together. One thing is always clear during these events: transfluid will continue to chart new routes over the next 30 years.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.transfluid.net

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: +49 2972 97 15 – 0
Fax: +49 2972 97 15 – 11
E-Mail: s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
Url: https://www.transfluid.net/en/homepage.html

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A precise engine manifold with two blade tube cutting

Automotive: With the right machines and use of robots, transfluid ensures economical production of short exhaust tubes with compact bending geometry

A precise engine manifold with two blade tube cutting

Cutting tubes is an art. A process is especially valuable if it avoids scrap and makes the immediately following process possible. For example, in exhaust technology in the automotive industry (at least when engine manifolds are involved), short tubes are frequently required, which feature numerous bends in short sequence. Of course, there is always the option to bend previously cut parts. However, it“s often the case that workpieces are cut on one side or both sides and, under some circumstances, also need to be shaped.

Effectively combine cutting, bending, and shaping:
transfluid provides the right solution for this, as general manager Stefanie Flaeper explains: „Depending on the requirements, our portfolio combines machines to create systems that are able to be loaded with tube lengths. The tubes are initially bended and then cut with blades. The special feature in this case is that this process is completed on the level of the bending machine and therefore enables scrap to be eliminated completely or extremely reduced.“ The tubes are therefore able to be cut to their final length. Depending on the pipe size, the separating cut runs from 2 to 3 mm. „In terms of commercial efficiency, this is a value creating alternative production option, especially in case of bending parts with relatively numerous bends,“ continues Stefanie Flaeper.

Diverse and clean cutting
Depending on the application, the different ways of cutting ensure that optimised results are able to be achieved. Especially in case of larger tubes in the exhaust area of a lorry, e.g. with 127 mm diameter, it may be sensible to use only one blade to cut, even if a small deformation results in the outer diameter. In particular, this does not play any role if shaping or calibration is still required on this tube end. „A significantly cleaner cut results if two blades are used for cutting. This has the advantage that no deformation occurs on the pipe. This produces an absolutely straight separating cut,“ emphasises transfluid“s general manager. Shaping can also be applied here directly. In case of smaller tubes, this approach is usually better, since possible deformation towards the inside does not enable corresponding shaping tools to be used. The diameter is usually too small in this case.

Practical experience – systems and robotics
A system developed by transfluid for a current project enables the processing of tubes of up to 60 mm with a bending radius of 1 x D. Most of the tubes produced in this case feature two or three bends, with the cut made straight after the last bend. No additional follow-up cuts are required. The bending machine for this solution features a centre-line booster and three bending planes, plus the plane where the cutting tool is used.

An additional system, which has only recently left the transfluid workshop, can now process tubes up to a diameter of 60 mm in practical applications. The features of the machine are very similar to those mentioned previously. However, in this case the handling is executed in full by four robots. The machines are designed, so that all of the tools are interchangeable and shared. This system is able to produce a set of tubes for an engine manifold, consisting of four different tubes, without the need for follow-up cutting. Next, a robot supplies the tubes immediately to the final processing step. This system component shapes the tubes asymmetrically to that they may be welded to the motor flange compactly in a separate work process. Finally, the handling robots take over again, which provide one kit each to the following welding robot. Both systems complete the cutting process with two cuts, since an extremely good cut is required for the best possible resulting product.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.transfluid.net

Company-Contact
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: +49 2972 97 15 – 0
Fax: +49 2972 97 15 – 11
E-Mail: s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
Url: https://www.transfluid.net/en/homepage.html

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Stefan Köhler
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FABTECH: Tube bending and cutting in one step

Fully automatic solution from transfluid for efficient exhaust manifold production

FABTECH: Tube bending and cutting in one step

Chaotic production – efficient and fast. (Source: transfluid)

Streamline operations are particularly required in such cases, in which a product cannot be installed until several components are available. This was the reason why in a recent project, transfluid developed a system solution for the efficient production of a complete exhaust manifold made of 4 or 6 different stainless steel tubes.
For this purpose, a 6-meter long tube is first loaded onto the tube-bending machine. Each individual tube is fitted with up to 4 bends. After the bending process, the tube is cut, chip-free, on the bending machine directly using a blade cutting process and is then inserted by robot into the corresponding forming machine. It forms an asymmetric geometry, which fits each individual bend progression. After processing, the components are then fed directly into a welding cell. It welds the tubes to flanges. This way, one complete module is always available as a unit.

Chaotic production for improved operations
As in this case, complete tube sets are in part used during tube processing. It gets more complicated and demanding when dealing with a wider range of tube sizes and geometries. The experts at transfluid have developed special automation systems, that allow a chaotic production to be implemented as an especially efficient solution.
„This kind of production comes very close to a „one piece flow“, thus significantly reducing the time period from tube production to installation.“ explains Stefanie Flaeper, CEO at transfluid. „It is in any event the most effective solution. And it is also the solution that can significantly streamline operations despite an increase in complexity. We have already implemented this successfully for several customers.“

More flexible to better results
Often, a higher degree of complexity is needed for hydraulic systems during production. „Here, our customers frequently want to produce a complete piping kit, which consists of up to 8 nominal widths as a unit, for example“, explains Stefanie Flaeper. In these cases, the machine setup is somewhat more complex. However, it offers several distinct benefits as compared to conventional tube production, during which in part a significant number of tubes have to be produced one after another, which are then combined to a single tube set. Here, machine set-up is not required, production is time optimized and there is almost no need for warehousing and commissioning areas.

For production of this kind, transfluid integrates chipless cutting systems, forming machines or cutting ring pre-assembly systems and bending machines into the thus optimized process. These systems can be linked with one another, thus allowing monitoring from the outside, creating processes as early as during machine set-up and can thus be utilized in Industry 4.0-capable processes. This way, the transfluid automation systems allow an exceptionally efficient chaotic production, after which a completely produced component is available after each work cycle.
These and other solutions for tubes will also be the topic of discussion during the in-depth debates to be held on the occasion of the FABTECH trade show at the transfluid booth Bl1069.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.transfluid.net

Company-Contact
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: +49 2972 97 15 – 0
Fax: +49 2972 97 15 – 11
E-Mail: s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
Url: https://www.transfluid.net/en/homepage.html

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Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
Phone: +49 (0) 271 7700160
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Robots as tube bending machines?

How automation can be improved and handling concepts can provide specific benefits

Robots as tube bending machines?

For low-vibration machining with long tubes, the bending machine is simply put in the robot’s hand. (Source: transfluid)

The trend towards flexibility in machining processes with a high degree of automation is still clearly enduring in many sectors. Nonetheless, with all the innovative strength and performance power of such systems, we still have the question: When and how does it make sense to automate? And, is the robot a means to an end or the deciding factor?
Stefanie Flaeper, Managing Director at transfluid, has the answers. The specialists for high-tech tube processing equipment have already been developing their ‚t motion‘ solution for process automation for many years and for a great variety of application areas. „Of course, with all the enthusiasm for automation there is always the question of benefits. Because the reasons for deciding to go for an automated process, are certainly diverse. Sometimes the objective is to achieve process capability and quality independent of the operator. In other sectors or applications, the focus is on cost reduction for a process. Because a great deal of ‚know-how‘ is required to be able to leverage the optimum results from the machining components through to operation“, explains Stefanie Flaeper.

The question of suitable handling
transfluid can rely on their wide product range for the realisation of the individually developed manufacturing cells. With the integration of well-proven technologies for tube bending or forming, the automation options are always consistently exploited. For example, if it is necessary to cut at the start, transfluid’s chipless orbital tube cutter provides a tidy route for direct further processing. As a result, it is possible to carry out forming processes at the end of the tube and bending pre-formed tubes, for example, without any delays.
With the great variety of possibilities, such as integrated labelling systems or optical measurement systems, the clarification of the general question of the layout of the respective handling system is one of the most important. „Robots are one variant, the other could be an electrical servo driven 4-axis linear handling unit, for example. Both systems have their appeal – certainly the linear system if the central factors are the handling times, short tubes or machining prior to the bending process“, says Stefanie Flaeper. The advantages of the linear systems in comparison to robots lie in particular in the high speed and that they are simpler to program. „Linear systems increase the degree of utilisation of the integrated machines. In contrast, a robot is a great deal more flexible. At least when it comes to automated tube bending“, explains Stefanie Flaeper.

The robot as a machine
A supplementary concept for the forward-looking ‚t-motion‘ automation systems from transfluid is the option to employ the robot as a machine rather than only for handling tasks. „With one of our current projects, we must find a solution and decide whether we install a bending machine and automate this via a robot, or simply take the opportunity to use a robot as a machine“, says Stefanie Flaeper.
In order to realise this, the transfluid engineers have simply put a bending machine into the robot’s hand.
This robot bending machine is able to bend right-left with a single setting. And, it is extremely flexible, in particular when long tubes have to be bent – or for example, pipe-hose combinations whereby the hose has already been installed prior to the bending process.

No tool change and vibration-free automation
Because this enables the bending head to be equipped with several levels, it is possible to bend different tube diameters without a tool change. The advantage of such robot bending machines is obvious: The bending of long tubes can be automated without substantial vibrations and the bending speed can be maintained as relatively constant over the whole length. The robot has innate advantages when it comes to the handling of the tubes from a magazine and the transfer to a store after processing. This allows steel tubes up to 22mm in diameter to be bent without a mandrel.

Robots also bend pre-machined tubes
In addition to conventional bending methods, there is also a further process available for using robots to bend tubes with an internal mandrel. This is fascinating if both ends of the workpiece have already been machined, for example. The robot can start with the bending from both sides. As a result, the transfluid concept has opened up an amazing opportunity to bend both ends into the final shape without an additional length being required.

Programming was yesterday“s solution
„The programming of robots represents an entirely justified hurdle for many companies. For this reason we have made it simple and in fact missing altogether with our robot bending systems“, stresses Stefanie Flaeper. With the transfluid systems, the coordinates are loaded from the CAD system and the robot knows how it must bend. Furthermore, it is possible to connect to measurement systems and so manual corrections can be very simply implemented, as the robot is operated via a normal bending machine controller. As a result, the utilisation of the robot can be even more cost effective.

Plug & Play
With the intelligent networking of their processing technologies from chipless tube cutting through re-forming through to bending, and with integrated technical options, such as product marking, weld seam checking, camera checking systems or the feeding and fastening of external components such as flanges, transfluid has been developing individually tailored automation systems for almost two decades. For specific challenges with linear handling for rapid cycle times or by robot for universal tasks and with complete incorporation of external systems or peripheral functions. This is how „Plug & Play“ production starts.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.transfluid.net

Firmenkontakt
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
+49 2972 97 15 – 0
+49 2972 97 15 – 11
s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
https://www.transfluid.net

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Stefan Köhler
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57072 Siegen
+49 (0) 271 7700160
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Portable measurement system expands opportunities

Tube bending: transfluid solution ensures increased precision and flexibility during on-site use

Portable measurement system expands opportunities

The portable t control measurement system from transfluid is ready to start in just 5 minutes. (Source: transfluid)

The path to exact measurement data for component production, reverse engineering, or component inspection is especially indispensable for creating valuable results during tube bending. For this reason, the experts have developed t control together with a partner – a wireless system for measuring tubes and connection elements like flanges. Plus, it doesn“t need arms, joints, or laser beams, and measures via an exactly defined light pattern, which is observed by one or more cameras. These determine the position and orientation of the light pattern in space. This enables the desired raw data to be recorded. Corresponding interfaces make exchanging data with CAD and transfluid„s bending program t project and direct integration of the tube bending machine in the process possible.

The overall system therefore increases flexibility for more bending freedom. t control is portable, ensures a high level of precision in the measuring space (directly at the object), and it is suitable for use at the construction site. Industries like machine and plant construction, hydraulics, and ship building benefit from this in particular.

Ready to use in 5 minutes
„During cooperative development, the strong performance of the overall system was important to us: Measuring, digital documentation, data processing, and execution of bending. However, easy operation and the fact that t control would be ready for measuring quickly are also important practical factors, of course,“ explains Stefanie Flaeper, General Manager of transfluid. Calibration is not necessary. t control is ready to start within 5 minutes with up to 20 metres of measurement power. Depending on the requirements, this is implemented via tactile measurement with standard measurement sensors or tube measuring callipers.

Record material correction values, connection pieces, and projecting edges
In addition to control measurements for components, material correction values for transfluid t bend tube bending machines can also be recorded. In the area of reverse engineering, very simple existing geometries can be measured in order to reproduce them precisely. Additional options include measuring in connection pieces of a pipeline directly at the object, recording projecting edges, and digital creation of the desired tube shape via air points for further optimised processing.

Creating components with „air points“
Data for component production is recorded by drawing a fictional tube shape using „air points“ between the connection pieces. This enables simple and exactly matching tube construction directly at the installation location. Connections like flanges and screw connections can be recorded and processed digitally. This also includes detecting and bypassing possible projecting edges. The data exchange with CAD and the connection with the transfluid bending program enables the geometry to be optimised including the bending collision test.

Effective reverse engineering
Connection pieces and pipe geometries can be recorded for reverse engineering. With its compact dimensions and wireless portable application options, t control is perfectly suited to tight construction spaces, e.g. machine rooms. Thanks to its large field of measurement, the system is also ideal for measurement tasks in the areas of power plant construction and construction machines.

Component inspection for improved quality
Over-bending values for the bending machine can be recorded within the scope of the component inspection. Evaluations that make CPK detection and measurement series are also possible. Plus, the system provides measurement logs and the comparison of measurement results with the CAD master component. The data exchange with CAD and the bending software also takes place here.
In summary, the new measurement system, the t project software, and the tube bending machines from transfluid offer a complete solution for secure tube production processes for automotive and machine construction, aircraft and aerospace, foundry technology, milling, wind energy, power plant construction, and ship and pipeline construction.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.tube-processing-machines.com

Firmenkontakt
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
+49 2972 97 15 – 0
+49 2972 97 15 – 11
info@transfluid.de
https://www.transfluid.net

Pressekontakt
PSV
Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
+49 (0) 271 7700160
s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
http://www.psv-marketing.de

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Tube forming and automatic bending for hydraulics

transfluid also presents flexible tube machining solutions with process networking possibilities at the Hanover trade fair

Tube forming and automatic bending for hydraulics

transfluid develops effective and flexible bending and forming solutions for the production of tubes (Source: transfluid)

The increasingly powerful digital connection for tube machining processes is a tailored driver of technical progress within the industry. For hydraulics in particular, solutions are required, which ensure safe tube machining, as well as automated processes where required.

transfluid at the Hanover trade fair: Hall 20 / Stand B14
Powerful automation is even possible with very low unit quantities, for example with the technical machining of hydraulic connection elements. As such, transfluid – with its axial forming machines of type REB and tool-independent rolling forming with systems of type SRM – offers the solution for hose connections or DKOL connections directly on the tube, for example. These enable sharp-edged contours for sealing elements and optimum surfaces. The production of flanges between 20° and 90° with short clamping lengths can be realised with transfluid forming machines of type UMR – for optimum sealing surfaces and in a single process

Digitally connected with design and measuring systems
„In the future, greater flexibility will be required for even better processes. I think for example of the online connection between design and our bending software t project. And also of systems that measure both at the building and the finished tube. Such a system must of course be simple to use. That is sure to deliver greater bending freedom“; Stefanie Flaeper, managing director of transfluid, outlines the demands and further developments.

More effective bending -42 mm and more
This was the objective of the engineers at transfluid, when they developed their mandrel bending machine of type t bend DB 40220-3A-CNC. With this machine, it is possible to bend thick and thin-walled tubes with diameters in particular from 40 mm and up to 220 mm. The stable design ensures a long service life and simple, rapid tool changes enable diverse applications and improved efficiency.

Collision-free right/left bending
The right/left-bending machine t bend DB 642 CNC R/L VE with rotating head delivers a strong performance when producing extremely demanding geometries, even when structural obstacles are present. With this servo-electrically driven concept for tube diameters up to 42 mm, each bending head has two tool levels as standard. Process assurance is provided by the complete visualisation of production processes on the freely programmable CNC touch panel control.

Mobile and high-performing in application on site
transfluid offers flexibility together with simple and effective technology for bending directly on site in the building, with its latest generation of the mobile bending machine t bend MB 642. With it, hydraulic lines can be laid at the installation site. As additional equipment, you can also chose from the internal and external deburrer, a saw, an assembly device for all conventional connection systems (flanging and cutting ring fittings), as well as metal circular saws.
The experts in tube processing machines will be presenting their diverse solutions for tubes at the Hanover trade fair 2017, in Hall 20 at Stand B14.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.tube-processing-machines.com

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
+49 2972 97 15 – 0
+49 2972 97 15 – 11
info@transfluid.de
http://www.tube-processing-machines.com

Pressekontakt
PSV
Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
+49 (0) 271 7700160
s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
http://www.psv-marketing.de

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Tube bending: Fast systematic tool change

transfluid simplifies complex tube processing with an automatic tool change system

Tube bending: Fast systematic tool change

The new pipe bending machine DB 40120-CNC-VE by transfluid changes tools automatically. (Source: transfluid)

Continually faster and more adaptable: Bending of tubes with diameters of up to 127mm is growing continually more demanding, while the subsequent costs are to approximate zero. „It isn’t only about implementing technical efficiency in processes or machines anymore,“ says Stefanie Flaeper, managing director at transfluid. „Most of all, the increased demands to new products must be implemented here. No matter the time efficiency and precision, the solution should, of course, be controllable.“ The specialists from Germany have developed their tube bending machine t bend DB 40120-CNC-VE for this. It permits bending radii of 1 x D at very thin wall thicknesses for such tubes.

More effective with transfluid sequence control
In the scope of a current project, the setup of this special bending system has been implemented fully electrically. All movement axes are optimally synchronised by the special transfluid sequence control or can be programmed controlled against each other. Additionally, it is possible to easily optimise the process via this sequence control, which effectively improves product-specific cycle times.

Another strong point is simple operation. All parameters can be taken from the CAD. Necessary form clamps are integrated in the automatic sequence. The transfluid engineers have implemented reduction of the follow-up costs by an automatic clamp die change system. The time frame for tool change is comparable to that of a radii changer.

Changing the clam dies up to eight times
The new DB 40120-CNC-VE has two tool levels. It is able to change the clamp dies eight times, so that each tube can be bent even in highly complex geometries. This form of tool equipment is particularly efficient, reducing follow-up costs to a minimum. „In particular because the diameters are relatively similar and radii are very tight with 1 x D, only the bending geometries really change in new products. This means that only new clamp dies need to be used,“ explains Stefanie Flaeper. To implement the tight radii at a relatively thin wall thickness, the new tubebending machine has an additional boosting device that can controlledly support even the last bend at short rest lengths.

Next trade fair: Hanover Messe, 24.-28.04.2017, Hall 020 / Booth B14

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.tube-processing-machines.com

Firmenkontakt
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
+49 2972 97 15 – 0
+49 2972 97 15 – 11
info@transfluid.de
http://www.tube-processing-machines.com

Pressekontakt
PSV
Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
+49 (0) 271 7700160
s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
http://www.psv-marketing.de

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English Press Releases

Tube bending: Bent pointing the way

Concept variants for collision-free tube bending

Tube bending: Bent pointing the way

The new t bend DB 630-CNC-R/L-VE with bending head allows a collision-free tube bending. (Source: transfluid)

Flexibility is usually required when it is not possible to implement ideas the way they were meant to. Especially in case of tube bending, the process must sometimes be executable in a clockwise and also anti-clockwise direction for the desired geometry. Where the space limits the alternatives due to structural conditions, an adaptable tube bending solution must open new possibilities.
Whether in the one direction or in both, the specialists at the mechanical engineering company transfluid have developed their tube bending machines and systems in a varied way. Thus, t bend CNC tube bending machines for tube diameters up to 42 mm usually process the parts in a clockwise direction. If the other direction is required, the transfluid tube bending machines can be converted from clockwise-bending to anti-clockwise-bending for smaller diameters.
„In case of complex geometries or structural obstacles, we recommend clockwise-/anti-clockwise-bending machines. However, there can can still be additional differences concerning the requirements, therefore, we have two system concepts up our sleeves“, thus Stefanie Flaeper, managing director at transfluid.

For smaller tubes clockwise-/anti-clockwise-bending
Particularly for the processing of smaller tube diameters a quick change of the bending direction is obviously necessary. This has been ensured by the solution developers with two individually applicable bending heads: one standing clockwise-bending version and one hanging anti-clockwise-bending bending head. With its extremely short intervention time, this system is highly effective. The change of the bending direction can be realized in less than 2 seconds. The equipment with up to three tool layers or tube diameters is possible per bending head.

Bent smartly
The second tube bending machine variant appears highly dynamical with a turning head. This system is suitable for all tube diameter ranges and allows an economical clockwise-/anti-clockwise-bending. All the axes here are servo-electrically driven and, as a standard, there are two tool layers on each bending head.

Bending automatically
„Of course, we can automate both tube bending machine systems, for excellent run times without deployment of personnel“, thus Stefanie Flaeper. For this purpose, transfluid offers simple magazines for the provision of a component stock and takes care of the loading from a transport container, for example a pallet cage. Even in case of different geometries it is possible to also manufacture the tubes in pairs. Furthermore, a special variant with robot can also make sense, which practically gets a clockwise-/anti-clockwise-bending machine into its hands. The robot thus collects the tube from the magazine and inserts it into the clamping device in correct position. There, it is bent by the robot with clockwise-/anti-clockwise-bending head and afterwards it is put down again in correct position. In this process, the tubes can already be equipped with connecting elements at both ends.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.tube-processing-machines.com

Firmenkontakt
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
+49 2972 97 15 – 0
+49 2972 97 15 – 11
info@transfluid.de
http://www.tube-processing-machines.com

Pressekontakt
PSV
Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
+49 (0) 271 7700160
s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
http://www.psv-marketing.de

English Press Releases

Value-added tube processing with individual concepts

Coordinated transfluid technology improves process safety

Value-added tube processing with individual concepts

Intelligent concepts for tube processing ensure quick sequences. (Source: transfluid)

Many paths not only lead to Rome, but also to the desired product result. Of course, the production technologies and systems are very important for safe processes in tube processing. The solution finders of transfluid (http://www.tube-processing-machines.com/homepage.html) use their knowledge in development of the properly coordinated tube bending and tube forming machines for this.
The high-tech machine engineers produce additional added value also by precisely coordinated production of tools, as Stefanie Flaeper, managing director at transfluid, explains: „We develop tool technologies that match our machines. Of course, they correspond to the complete requirements that our customer has to his specific product or any new one.“ This development always must be viewed in connection with a machine accordingly. „Of course, we share our individually developed know-how with our customers,“ says Flaeper. „They participate and profit from this in different ways.“

New paths for better production
Effective new design of individual process steps often secures economically more efficient production. For example, a transfluid project required a production cell for production of special short tube parts. A classical process would have been defined initially by cutting the tubes by metal circular saw, unilateral forming of the hose connection, tube bending, cutting off the overlenght and forming the second tube end. „We don’t stop our considerations at the proper geometry,“ Stefanie Flaeper emphasises. „The path to the result must be just right as well. That includes making it more economically efficient, process-safe and easier for our customers.“

Chipless to the faster cycle
Thus, the better system solution after completing the transfluid project is that the material from the coil is initially shortened to the desired lengths in the chipless orbital cutting procedure. The clean cut permits immediate further processing and paves the way for faster cycle times. After cutting, both sides will be end formed. transfluid generally puts this step before tube bending. In this case, it avoids having to cut off the overlengths and permits simpler handling, finally, the desired tube parts are bent as well. „It always depends on the process, good interaction of technologies and the possibility of an effective cooperative partnership,“ Stefanie Flaeper finally summarises.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.tube-processing-machines.com

Firmenkontakt
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
+49 2972 97 15 – 0
+49 2972 97 15 – 11
info@transfluid.de
http://www.tube-processing-machines.com

Pressekontakt
PSV
Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
+49 (0) 271 7700160
s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
http://www.psv-marketing.de

English Press Releases

Efficiency Driver: Tube-Bending in Ship Construction

transfluid large tube bending machines with fast tool changes permit narrow radii even in CuNiFe and stainless steel tubes

Efficiency Driver: Tube-Bending in Ship Construction

t bend tube bending machines by transfluid as an efficient alternative to welding. (Source: transfluid)

Capacities are planned with increasing efficiency in international ship construction and the offshore area, and present resources are used to higher capacity to improve processes. Therefore, the industry relies more than ever on time- and cost-saving bending machines for large tube diameters in tube processing. Advanced tube bending technologies are proving their worth as an efficient alternative for welding of large tubes. High-tech company transfluid (http://www.tube-processing-machines.com/homepage.html)is developing this solution for tubes in the scope of its portfolio range ‚t bend‘. The bending machines permit high-performance processing of tubes with diameters of up to 325 mm.

transfluid at the SMM 2016: Hall B2.EG / Booth 324
Stefanie Flaeper, managing director at transfluid, explains: „Our bending technology considerably reduces the production costs while creating a time benefit of up to 60 %. This is an unbeatable benefit on the international markets.“ The trend is towards flanges being welded to the straight tube before bending, with the effect of internal linking to the corresponding CAD programs. The isometrics can be directly processed in the transfluid bending software ‚t project‘ this way. „We offer enormous flexibility that, together with the extremely short tool change times of less than 20 minutes, permits a clear efficiency increase in tube production,“ says Stefanie Flaeper.

Mobile use on board
The mobile tablet version ‚t project Draft‘ increases flexibility with special requirements. If tube data do not come from the CAD, they can be manually entered in the software. This may be the case if tubes are already present and are measured accordingly. Since this is not always done in-house, but may take place directly on the ships, the tablet version increases flexibility. This software permits isometric measurement and input of tubes. Then the data are sent to the production department directly by email, where production can already start while further tube geometries are recorded on the ship.

End forms and space benefits
The option of end forming processes, e.g. for forming on flanges, is one strength. The transfluid bending technologies permit optimised processing of large tubes and tubes with small diameters. Narrow radii are possible even in CuNiFe and stainless steel pipes, permitting an additional space benefit in the ship. transfluid will present its advanced machines and software solutions at this year’s SMM in hall B2.EG, stand 324, as well.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.tube-processing-machines.com

Firmenkontakt
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
+49 2972 97 15 – 0
+49 2972 97 15 – 11
info@transfluid.de
http://www.tube-processing-machines.com

Pressekontakt
PSV
Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
+49 (0) 271 7700160
s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
http://www.psv-marketing.de