Projects

Zero Tangent Bends

Quite often our customers ask us for bends without tangents. Mostly it is for aesthetic reasons, but often enough it is for a particular process need. Such bends bring a special challenge. Thermoplastics' bends, due to the requirement of secondary heating, have...

Fitting A Bend From A Distance

We often fit bends to pneumatic (or other) systems from a distance. We ask the customers to send us as much information as they can provide. From that, we do our best to calculate OD, radius, and angle of the bend. Here is another example from last week. As you can...

Water Sediment Tester With Butyrate Pipe

A water treatment company needed a system to display its product in its showroom and for trade shows. The system required 4" Schedule 40 Pipe that would be bent, coupled, threaded, and coupled with tees and wyes. It was challenging in a number of ways. We had to cram...

An Old Friend Returns

We got to see an old friend this week. A large paper-cup manufacturer called and asked for a “chute diverter” that had been operating in their factory for 30 years! Needless to say, we could not look up their old invoice, so we needed a picture. It was a made-to-order...

Tight Radius Large U-bend

We have a bunch of blogs on tight-radius bends, and of U bends. Here is one that we made for one of our puck-conveyance customers who needed something pizzazzie for a trade show. Cablevey is an international leader in puck conveyance and uses our tubing for sight...

Pneumatic System Senior Mechanical Engineering Project

A 5-man team of senior mechanical engineering students at the University of Missouri contacted us for their required capstone design project. They were to build a functioning model of a coal log pipeline design which was patented by two Mizzou professors back in the...

LED Lights Of Uncommon Interest With Stratus Tubing

Our LED tubing was put to a beautiful use with Objects of Common Interest in a Brussels display. The architects chose our line of Stratus tubing (6" OD). The project came to us first in concept, design, and fabrication. The material used to produce these lights is an...

Golden Spiral

Nature loves logarithmic spirals and so do I. Back in my junior year of high school, I had a fabulous earth-science teacher who taught us how to do scientific research on foraminifera growing around heat "enrichment" zones from power plants in the Northern Shore of...

Special Offset Bends

A customer in New Jersey had an immediate need to replace his PVC offset bend. He was transferring a powder through it and was running into packing by the tight radius 45° elbows. He could not send us the bend and for a variety of reasons could not provide us...

Bank Pneumatic Commercial

When we first received an inquiry into making tubing for a banking commercial we were amused. And, from their animations, we knew that this was going to be fun.The project had its challenges though. The production company had no experience in pneumatic conveying but...

Custom Air Filter

When a request for a custom air filter came in with an associated drawing we got to work. The original print imposed an untenable bend upon the 2″ OD butyrate tube, so we suggested mitering.After a bit of back and forth, we suggested another change. As this...

Rectangular Twist Bend System

We received a challenge from a customer who needed to convey closures through a labyrinth of machines, fixtures, and clearances to get to the loading bin. The trick involved a rectangular twist. Rectangular twists provide a change of orientation of closures (lids in...

Restoration Of 1969 Chevelle Instrument Panel

Over two years ago we received an inquiry from Glenn Stracher, a geologist at EGSC. He needed a plastics tube that could be fabricated and colored to function as a replacement piece for an instrument panel on a classic Chevelle restoration. Glenn gave us constant...

Tight Radius Offset Bend

Tight –radius bends are a problem to all tube benders. On a tight radius, we can run into excessive flattening, cracking of the outside wall, or buckling in the inside wall (most commonly). The problem is intensified in transparent, thermoplastics benders, for we do...

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