Lots of different types of machining methods are familiar to manufacturers. Even if you don’t deal with all of them or maintain a factory full of every machine that’s out there, you can probably rattle off quite a few different types: CNC machines, EDM, waterjet cutting, and so on. Of course, for us at Helander, one type invariably comes to mind first: metal hydroforming.
In late 2011, the Association for Manufacturing Technology released this summary of the manufacturing outlook for 2012. With Q1 (and fiscal Q2) drawing to a close for many companies, we’re revisiting their assessments and sharing some benefits of hydroforming with you, our readers. One of the major factors behind the growth of hydroforming? As older machinery breaks down to the point of replacement rather than repair, shops are looking into new technologies to increase efficiency and expand their customer base. Of course, at Helander Spinning, we’ve been hydroforming for over 35 years, so you can be assured that we’re not a new kid on the block. We combine the benefits of experience with the assets offered by the process.
As the article mentions, some of those assets include distortion- and deformation-free manufacturing thanks to the precision inherent in the technology. Other benefits include greater complexity in forming drawn shapes than traditional stamping, as well as decreased tooling costs. For answers to any questions you may have, please contact Helander today!