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December 19, 2023

Unison Blog: End forming

At Unison Ltd, our commitment to excellence extends beyond tube bending technology.

We also specialise in manufacturing end-forming equipment, providing our customers with a complete solution.

In order to give you a brief overview, let’s delve into the four basic groups of tube end form families.

Firstly, we have segmented forming. This method offers several advantages that make it a popular choice.

With drop-in tooling, setup becomes fast and easy, ensuring minimal downtime. Our standard barrel assemblies and interchangeable finger or jaw tooling allow for maximum flexibility. Additionally, segmented forming boasts short cycle times, enhancing efficiency and productivity.

Next up is ram forming. This technique offers unique advantages compared to air forming options.

Contained form
Air form

Part containment offers both increased diametrical accuracy and concentricity. This means sharper radii and transitions can be achieved in fewer ram forming operations, saving time and ensuring precision.

Moving on, we come to spin/roll forming. This process is highly valued for its ability to deliver smooth and mark-free surfaces.

Additionally, it provides a repeatable process with excellent concentricity between the parent tube and the form. This not only ensures quality results but also minimises material fatigue, prolonging the lifespan of the formed tube.

Lastly, we have tube cutting. Whether it’s straight, rotary, or slotting, this method offers several advantages over conventional cold saws.

Tube cutting with our equipment allows for faster cuts, saving valuable time and boosting productivity.

Furthermore, it delivers squarer cuts compared to conventional methods. This enables the production of a wide range of cuts, including part-off cuts, radius cuts, angle cuts, end trims, and even scallop or notch cuts.

Through our sister companies Nukon Lasers UK and Pneuform, we are able to offer further cutting options to maintain productivity on your shop floor.

These include the Nukon fibre tube lasers, when you will benefit from leading-edge technologies, such as nLight lasers with adaptive beam optimisation, and Lantek expert nesting software.

Watch a Nukon fibre laser tube cutting machine in action 

Pneuform offers another option in the burrless spin-cutting cell with de-coiling and straightening. This provides a smooth cut and end finish to your small diameter tube and wire.

At Unison Ltd, we are proud to provide our customers with a diverse range of tube end form options, each with its own set of advantages.

Our innovative technology and dedication to customer service ensure that we remain at the forefront of the industry, always striving to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.

As leaders in tube bending and end forming technologies, we look forward to continuing to innovate and shape the future of the industry.

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