All You Need To Know About Pipe Coiling
Much of today's pipe bending is concentrated around Pipe Coiling. A tube or pipe is forced through a machine to make a continual helix or spiral. Used in both industrial and aesthetic applications the custom pipes formed often are not recognised for the complex process which goes into manufacturing them.
What Is Pipe Coiling?
Pipe coiling service companies use both manual and CNC (computer controlled) machines to produce the finished component. Resembling the common spring used in so many applications except the tube is hollow and is in many cases is intended to carry a liquid of some sort. Complex units can be manufactured having more than one coil nested inside each other and just about any length, diameter or wall thickness can be manufactured.
How Do We Do It?
There are several options both manual and computer controlled but the outcome is more or less the same. At it's most basic a drum is revolved to draw a tube or pipe around itself bending the tube through a roller to create the spiral coil. many of these machines are manually operated and the pitch for each coil is controlled by the operator.
A more complex machine has three rollers, again manually operated but using two rollers to guide the pipe and a third to administer the force required to create the coil.
Similar to the three roll machine an upgrade to this will have more rollers placed separately to bend the pipe or tube laterally to create the spiral coil. More rollers can be used on more complex machines to better control the finished coil.
Where longer pipes or tubes are needed to complete the finished coil a two disc coil bender is often the first choice. Similar to the drum type machine it draws the pipe around a spindle while several rollers guide the tube into a spiral helix.
The forces required to produce these coils particularly with larger diameters and wall thickness require most of these machines to be hydraulically operated. Computer controlled machines take away ten human error and ensure that pipe coils remain consistent in quality and accuracy. Clearly the more complex the machine the more it will cost requiring a substantial investment by the operator. Getting the best from these machines require trained operators but the payback for the client is a consistent and quality driven service that cannot be repeated easily in an ad-hock operation. Professional pipe bending services are worth investing in.
Can Any Pipe Be Coiled?
Probably any type of malleable pipe can be coiled, including steel, galvanised steel, stainless steel, copper and aluminium. Pipes can range from less than an 25 mm in diameter to several centimetres, depending on the application. Virtually any length of pipe can be coiled. Both thin wall and thick wall pipe can be coiled. Coils are available in flat or pancake styles, single helices, dual helices, nested coils, continuous pipe spools, and many other configurations depending on the equipment available and the requirements of the specific application.
If you have a project that requires a length of coiled pipe, you will do best to rely on our specialised pipe coiling and bending service. We have all the expensive specialised equipment and the years of training that is needed to guarantee that your project receives the quality coiled pipe that it needs.
Though you may be able to complete a small project without using a pipe coiling service you will receive a better quality result by trusting the professionals.