Albina Co., Inc. is an industry leader in bending large structural members (such as Beam/Wide Flange and Channel) the hardway. Albina has the capacity to roll up to W36 x 230# the hardway and all mill sizes produced for channel. Bending the hardway simply means bending / curving material against the X-X axis. A hardway bent beam or channel section will have the curved web parallel to the ground when the structural member is lying flat on the ground. Bending beam/channel the hardway certainly poses problems and can result in poor quality bends not meeting ASTM-A6 standards. Common problems with bending beam/channel the hardway are waves in the web and/or flanges out of square or pulled away from the web. Albina has developed bending techniques and tooling that allow us to meet the highest quality standards when bending/rolling beams and channels. The next time you are in need of bent structural members (channel /beam) the hardway always be certain you are working with a company that has experience rolling the required size and shape. This will help you avoid any unexpected quality problems at time of receipt.
Engineering News Record: California awarded the Happy Hallow Pedestrian Bridge in San Jose, CA. an Award of Merit in the small projects category. Completed in March 2012, the bridge is the first of its kind in Northern California and consists of twin 270-ft identical spans. These were constructed using only two rolled sections for the arch ribs and for the tie girders and cross bracing. Albina Co., Inc. rolled 140,000# of W14 x 109# A709 50W the Easy Way to a 225 ft. radius and 90,000# of WT9 x 38# A709 50W split from W18 x 76# and then bent to various radii. A single cable size (3/4 in. dia) was used for both spans.
School construction this time of year is always very busy. Albina has been fortunate to work on a number of national school projects. These projects consist of anything from improvements on existing schools to new construction. We were recently awarded the contract for bending all of the wide flange for the Pueblo West High School out of Pueblo, Colorado. This project includes 27,000# of wide flange all being bent the easy way by Albina, material consisting of W12 x 26#, W12 x 335#, W14 x 34# and W24 x 76#. When contractors and fabricators require bending for school projects they know to come to the best in the industry- Albina Co., Inc.
Albina bent and fabricated various structural materials to create the floor supports for a custom tree house in Sammamish, Washington. Materials used included:
a) 3-1/2″ Sch80 and 5″ Sch80 Bare Pipe fabricated complete per drawings with brackets cap welded to ends
b) 1/2″, 3/4″ and 3/8″ Rolled Plate
c) Tube Steel 8″ x 4″ x .250″ Wall A500 GR B
d) W6 x 15# A992 and W8 x 15# A992 Wide Flange
Albina Pipe Bending provided 90,000#’s of W18 x 106# Wide Flange Beam all bent the hard way to 453.27″ and 799.27″ Inside Radii, as well as 4″ Sch40, 4″ XXH, and 4″ XH pipe all bent to various configurations for this project. To read more about the Grand Opening and to see some great pictures of the installed beams, go to the following article in the Seattle Post Intelligence.