Fourth Unison bending machine for leading aircraft component manufacturer
Leading aircraft component manufacturer, Globe Engineering, has installed a fourth Unison all-electric CNC tube bending machine at its facility in Wichita, Kansas.
Commissioned earlier this year, the new machine has joined Globe’s existing Unison all-electric tube benders at the Wichita site and will help to increase manufacturing capability significantly. With overlapping capacities, the Unison tube bending machines at Globe can bend tubes from 1.25”, 31.75 mm, to 6.00’’, 152.4 mm, in diameter, all with the highest levels of repeatability and accuracy.
In addition to supporting Globe’s ongoing requirements for bending high quality aircraft tubing, the new all-electric CNC tube bender from Unison will be used to bend a range of aluminium, stainless steel and titanium tubes measuring up to 1.25”, 31.75 mm, in diameter. Before investing in this latest machine from UK-based Unison, Globe had just one tube bending machine that was capable of bending stainless and titanium tubes from 5/8” to 1.00” diameter.
Bend shop supervisor Shaun Knuth says: “We are not just creating new capability by buying a new Unison tube bending machine, we’re creating capacity and a safety net, in case we have a breakdown.”
Describing some of the key advantages that Unison all-electric tube benders have over hydraulic tube benders, Shaun Knuth adds: “They’re more efficient because they use less energy. In fact, they only use energy while they are in motion. By comparison, the hydraulic benders use electricity all the time they are running, with their energy usage increasing during cycle time. Electric machines are much quieter too. Our Unison all-electric tube benders also offer greater repeatability. You simply select the exact pressure you need; if you want 1,272 psi of pressure, you just type that in, and the machine creates exactly the same pressure every time.”
Shaun Knuth also praises the fact that Unison all-electric tube benders can be operated more slowly when hot-bending titanium, all the way down to a creep, a process that removes the risk of overheating and minimises scrap. He also points out that there’s no need for titanium tubes to be lubricated with expensive, messy grease before hot bending when using all-electric machines.
Steve Haddrell, key account manager at Unison, adds that Globe Engineering’s latest order is particularly rewarding for several reasons: “Repeat orders are always great news because they carry a clear customer endorsement. Globe Engineering relies heavily on its tube bending machines and is familiar with the benefits of Unison’s all-electric technology, including fully automated machine setup, ease-of-use, very high bend accuracy and excellent repeatability.
“In this case, the company decided that these attributes, combined with the build quality and reliability of Unison machines, significantly outweighed any short term economic advantage of low cost tube benders. Increasingly, our customers regard Unison as a solutions partner, with our machines forming part of their long-term business strategy.”
Unison Ltd and Pneuform Machines Ltd announce joint venture
Joint venture will strengthen portfolio, build scale and accelerate growth
Unison Ltd, which manufactures tube bending machines and simulation software, announces that it has entered a joint venture with Pneuform Machines Ltd leading to full integration within the Unison family of companies joining Yorkshire CNC and Ingenium Integration.
The joint venture will strengthen Unison’s portfolio adding a range of small diameter tube and wire bending machines.
“Unison Ltd is excited about our joint business venture with wire and tube bending specialists Pneuform, who have been firmly established in the tube bending industry for over 50 years. The partnership will see new product lines added to our product portfolio which already houses the world’s largest range of all electric tube bending machinery and sits a alongside our Evbend range of machines. Pneuform are the perfect fit for Unison, adding a wealth of experience and engineering expertise, given their deep-rooted history. The Pneuform product range fits perfectly into the Unison tube bending range due to their commitment to robust and reliable machinery, delivering high-performance at a cost-effective price. Unison Ltd is committed to delivering the same high level of service and industry expertise Pneuform’s clients have grown to expect over the past 50+ years. Together, we can be much stronger and add considerable value to the tube bending sector/all market sectors we operate in,” says Alan Pickering, joint managing director at Unison Ltd.
“Pneuform are excited that the joint venture will enhance the marketing and the technical development of the range of machines it produces,” says Trevor Clark, managing director of Pneuform Machines Ltd. “The Pneuform range will be supported jointly by Unison and Pneuform. The joint venture will secure future ongoing support for existing customers and provide confidence that the bending machines will continue to be developed, supported and marketed into the long-term future”.
For more than forty years, Unison Ltd has been manufacturing tube bending machines working with our customers to design and build some of the most cutting-edge tube bending technology available on the global marketplace today. We push technical boundaries whether this is in the manufacture of the world’s largest all-electric tube bending machine, or an integrated software solution has rewarded us with a global reputation for solving the most challenging customer problems.
Pneuform was founded in the mid-1960s, concentrating its efforts on the design, development and manufacture of pneumatic and hydraulic tube and wire bending machines. Pneuform produce wire bending machines in both 2- and 3-axis models that cover a range of wires from 2 mm (0.08″) to 16 mm (0.63”). Pneuform also produces a range of tube machines that have been developed for specific industries. The 2-axis bending machine will produce serpentines, coils and spirals with either a static flat table for smaller parts or with an integrated 3-axis table to support large parts. The 3-axis bending machine provides the versatility to produce a variety of shapes.