Why Hydroforming? We’ve Got Your Answers.

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Mon, Apr 23, 2012

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!

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Tags: Metal Spinning, hydroforming, manufacturing

Dreamliners, Hydroforming and Helander

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Thu, Feb 02, 2012

The new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is like nothing you’ve ever seen. It’s a super-efficient airplane that uses 20% less fuel than any other plane in its class. Did we mention that it does this with a range of 8,500 nautical miles while carrying up to 290 passengers? It’s the plane of the future because it saves fuel while helping handle the ever increasing number of domestic and international air passengers.  It sounds so exciting that it might even be worth planning a vacation around riding in one.

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It should come as no surprise that everyone at Helander is excited about the new Dreamliners. Our excitement not only comes from how cool the new planes sound, it also comes from the fact that we’re experts in hydroforming and it just so happens that hydroforming  is one of the best ways to produce parts for aerospace products. Because of the recent growth in larger aerospace projects like the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners, Helander has been busy upgrading our already impressive hydroforming capabilities. On February 15th, we will be adding a 20” hydroform machine – our third hydroform overall, and our very first 20” one – which will give us the ability to handle an even  larger volume of orders. Keep checking our blog and website to learn more about our new completely custom rebuilt 20” hydroform machine and how it can help you stay at the forefront of aerospace technology. And if anyone gets to take a ride in a Dreamliner, take some pictures and we will share them with our readers!                                             Learn About Our Services


Tags: hydroforming, aerospace industry, boeing