Category Archives: Bending Steel Channel

Do You Want to Extend the Life of Your Industrial Pipe Elbows, Reduce Downtime and Maintenance Costs?

If you answered yes, than you should consider wearbacks for your elbows. For decades, Albina has supplied customers with bent elbows where we weld a plate or channel to the outside of the bend (acting as the wearback). A wearback is installed to act as an additional layer to the bend, when the backside of an elbow finally is worn through, any materials running in the piping system will remain inside and the piping system will continue to function due to the extra layer of material on the backside of the elbow. We recently bent some 8″ SCH80 T304L S/S SMLS to 30° elbows. After bending the elbows, we bent and fabricated wearbacks out of ½” stainless plate and welded the wearbacks to the outside of the pipe elbows.

Rolled Steel Channel at The Great Park in Irvine, California

Albina Co., Inc. recently rolled 10,000 pounds of channel C15 X 33.9# A36 for The Great Park in Irvine, California. All of the material rolled with the flanges in and is architecturally exposed structural steel. The Great Park is a non-aviation reuse of the decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro with a focus on sports, agriculture, and the arts. In 2017, two new construction projects were approved and consist of an ice facility and a sports complex. Albina has the ability to bend all mill supplied sizes of channel which includes C3x4.1# through C15x50#.

Rolled Steel Channel at The Great Park

Rolled Steel Channel at The Great Park

Rolled Steel Channel at The Great Park

10,000# of C15 X 33.9# A36. All material rolled with the flanges in and is AESS.

Spiral Staircase for “The Hopservatory” at Worthy Brewing in Bend, Oregon

Albina Co., Inc. recently completed 14,000 lbs. of bent steel to create a beautiful spiral staircase at Worthy Brewing in Bend, OR. Bent steel materials for the project included:

MC18 X 42.7# A36 spiral bent lengths with flanges in and lengths with flanges out were bent down to a 9 ft plan view radius! Landing pieces were also spiral bent down to a 9’ 8” radius.

C15 X 33.9# A36 for the inside landings were spiral bent down to a 8’ 9” outside radius (plan view).

Bend, Oregon is located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountain Range along the Deschutes River and is a popular tourist town known best for the many outdoor activities offered and world famous micro-brews. Worthy Brewing Co. broke ground on Feb. 24, 2012 off U.S. Highway 20 on Bend’s east side — it’s Bend’s 1st east side brewery – and with a beer garden, hop garden, and Hopservatory. The spiral staircase winds up to The Dome at the top of the rotating Hopservatory where visitors can view the cosmic skies through an OGS 16” RC Reflector telescope.

The Hopservatory at Worthy Brewing Spiral Staircase

Close up of Spiraled Steel Channel

The Hopservatory at Worthy Brewing Spiral Staircase

Spiral Bent Steel Channel

The Hopservatory at Worthy Brewing Spiral Staircase

Spiral Staircase Leading to The Hopservatory Dome