Category Archives: Steel Bending Methods

Experts in the Craft of Steel Bending

We recently supplied rolled tubes for the Jimi Hendrix Park project in Seattle, Washington. The customer was so pleased with the rolled tubes that they received that they reached out to us to let us know. “We are currently in fabrication, we are looking at an install at the end of March. I will first say that the rolled tubes are exactly correct in terms of radius. You are experts at your craft and it shows.” Remember that there is a price and a cost associated with every purchasing decision. Do not chose the lowest initial price or you may deal with excessive and unanticipated costs throughout the project.

Rolled Tubes for Jimi Hendrix Park Seattle, WA.

Rolled Tubes for Jimi Hendrix Park Seattle, WA.

2017 NOMMA Membership Directory & Buyers Guide

The Buyers Guide is published annually by the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA). They Buyers Guide is now available in print and online on the NOMMA website. Albina’s ad can be see opposite the inside back cover. In the ad, we feature one of the most difficult spiral stringer projects we have ever undertaken in the last 78 years. We recently spiral bent 20″ X 18″ rectangular tube steel down to a 7’7″ plan view radius and 20″ x 12″ rectangular tube steel down to a 13’9″ plan view radius for the Lakeside Campus in Richardson, Texas. Our induction heat source and increment bending method produces extremely tight spiral bends which all met AESS standards. Check out the most recent NOMMA Buyers Guide or see the pictures below to see the bends for yourself.

Steel Spiral Stringers Installed

Steel Spiral Stringers Installed

Steel Spiral Stringers for Heavy Weight Bearing Spiral Staircase

Steel Spiral Stringers for Heavy Weight Bearing Spiral Staircase

Curved Steel Bridge at the San Diego Zoo

Albina recently completed bending 16″ OD X .625″ WALL A500 GR B material for a new bridge at the San Diego Zoo.  A total of 24 lens x 48 feet weighing 118,350 pounds were required for this job.  Albina used a combination of induction bending and cold increment bending to complete this project to meet AESS standards.  Radii on the projected ranged from a 20 foot center-line-radius to a 350 foot center-line-radius. We are not a stranger to bending bridges for California Zoos! See below for a few examples of curved steel bridges and custom signage that we completed for the Happy Hallow Zoo in San Jose.

curved steel pedestrian bridge happy hallow zoo

bending pipe happy hallow zoo

bending pipe happy hallow zoo

bending pipe happy hallow zoo

Rolled HSS and Steel Angle for Fort Bliss Hospital in Texas

Albina has successfully completed bending various HSS and angle for the Fort Bliss Hospital in Texas. We induction bent and roll bent with internal support, materials to meet AESS standards. TS 16″ X 4″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B was induction bent to a spiral configuration down to a 29 ft plan view radius for the stringers. We also roll bent (with internal support) the same material, the easy way, down to a 29 ft radius for landing materials. Other materials required for this project included TS 10″ X 4″ X .375″ WALL A500 GR B and 3″ X 3″ X 3/8″ ANGLE A36. Just another project that proves distance is NOT a deterrent. If you want high quality bending, on-time, with great customer service, call us today!

What Have We Done for You Lately?

As 2016 comes to a close, we take a look back on some of the improvements we have made as a company to help better service the steel industry and our customer base.

Equipment and tooling upgrades to increase capacities and product offerings.
We added two new rotary draw benders, a 6″ Coast Wallace with a carriage assist and overhead clamp.and a Pines #6 with a customized back boost, to our current inventory of equipment. We plan to fully tool these pieces of equipment allowing us to offer countless new radii options for our customers growing needs and demanding lead times.

Shop floor redesign to maximize workflow efficiency and utilization of space.
Before our new machines arrived, we completely restructured our shop allowing us to group similar machines in common areas. The result is improved material flow, increased production, and more efficient production.

Welcomed Stu Hasman as an additional Regional Director of Sales.
We are confident Stuart’s commitment to quality, customer service and his integrity will make him a valuable resource as our company and your business continue to grow.

Energy Efficient Lighting in Shop & Office. Solar Panel project coming in 2017.
As Albina Co., Inc. continues to try to reduce our carbon footprint and be environmentally conscience, we completely retrofitted our entire production shop and office facility with energy efficient lighting this year. We are examining the potential to add solar panels on the South side of our building roof to reduce power consumption in early 2017.

New Steel Bending Equipment Has Arrived!

We added two new rotary draw benders, a 6” Coast Wallace and a Pines #6, to our current inventory of equipment.  Rotary draw, or compression bending occurs when material is bent by rotating it around a bend die (and typically pulled or pushed over mandrel rod). A bend die is formed to fit a specific material size/type and at a specific diameter to fit the bend requirements. The material to be bent is clamped to the bend die and then is drawn, or pulled, around the bend die until the desired degree of bend is met. This method produces clean, tight radii bends and is mainly used by manufacturers or industrial companies.

 

The 6” Coast is a long machine with a carriage assist and overhead clamp.  The machine has the capacity to bend up to 6” pipe down to an 18” CLR.  The machine has tooling allowing it to bend 2-1/2”, 3”,4”, 5” and 6” pipe to numerous radii.

6" Coast Wallace Rotary Draw Bending Machine

6″ Coast Wallace Rotary Draw Bending Machine

Tooling for 6" Coast Wallace Rotary Draw Bending Machine

Tooling for 6″ Coast Wallace Rotary Draw Bending Machine

 

The Pines #6 is a long machine with a customized back boost.  This machine has the capacity to bend up to 6” pipe (and has the ability to bend thin wall material).  In addition to round materials, this machine has the capacity to mandrel bend square and rectangular tubing, in fact it is currently under power to bend TS 12” x 4” x 5/16” wall the easy way to a 24” CLR.

 

We plan to fully tool these pieces of equipment allowing us to offer countless new radii options for our customers growing needs. The recent changes have greatly improved moral in our shop, increased our efficiencies, and decreased lead times in certain areas of the shop.

Complete Shop Reorganization Proceeds Arrival of New Equipment

Albina Co., Inc. has operated in a 50,000 square foot shop since 2001. The shop was designed and built taking into account our equipment at the time of occupancy as well as future plans for growth. Over the years, Albina has purchased many bending machines including draw bending equipment, roll bending equipment and plate rolling equipment and we have done our best to place machines in “free” spaces in our shop. This has created some organization and operational issues because similar machines were not grouped together. Once again, Albina has purchased two new machines to add to our equipment inventory. Before these machines arrived, we completely restructured our shop and have completed a major overhaul in order to group similar machines in common areas. Our next blog will feature information on the machines! Stay tuned!

Induction Heating Process Creates Near 4D Bend

Albina Co., Inc. was recently tasked with forming 10” Sch80 pipe to a 50” center line radius. That is nearly a 4D bend! Our new induction heating source and bending process has helped us expand the material range we can work with and the radii that we can bend. It has allowed us meet the “induction only” heating requirements that certain projects specify. Call us today to learn more!

10" Induction Bends to 50" CLR

10″ Induction Bends to 50″ CLR

10" Induction Bends to 50" CLR

10″ Induction Bends to 50″ CLR

Induction Bending A Huge Success

We are happy to report that our induction heating process is a huge success! Albina has used heat to bend materials for decades, utilizing alternatives to the actual process of induction heating. We have built upon our vast knowledge base for hot increment bending and are now applying an induction heat source to our recently upgraded increment bending process. We have been operating with this process for several months now and it has been a very exciting step for Albina and for our loyal customers across the United States and Canada. Our new heating source and bending process has helped us expand the material range we can work with, radii that we can bend and it has allowed us meet the “induction only” heating requirements that certain projects specify. Call us today to learn more!

Albina Co., Inc. Introduces Induction Heating Capabilities

The last few years of market growth have allowed Albina to increase our capabilities, our staff and to acquire some innovative new equipment and implement new processes on that equipment.

We are proud to announce the newest bending technology at Albina, which is induction heating. Albina has used heat to bend materials for decades, utilizing alternatives to the actual process of induction heating. We have built upon our vast knowledge base for hot increment bending and are now applying an induction heat source to our recently upgraded increment bending process. This is a very exciting step for Albina and for our loyal customers across the United States and Canada. Our new heating source and bending process will help expand the material range we can work with, radii that we can bend and it will allow us meet the “induction only” heating requirements that certain projects specify.

We are confident that our new induction heat source and increment bending process will allow Albina to better service our customer’s needs. Albina’s experienced, friendly, qualified staff has the ability to meet all of our customers bending, rolling and fabrication needs.