Are you wondering about which pipe bending method will give you more cost savings upfront and in the long term? Read on and discover why induction-bending gives you cost savings from the time that you have the pipes fabricated until they reach the end of their useful life.
Lower Energy Costs
Induction bending involves the use of coils to heat a specific part of a pipe so that it can be bent easily. Water is used to control the temperature beyond the targeted bend area. This style of bending pipes results in very clean bends. Consequently, you will use less energy to move fluids through the bends in this pipe. This is unlike pipes that are cut before being welded at the point where bends are required; more energy is used to create the high pressure needed to move fluids around those welded bends.
Pipes fabricated using induction bending rarely develop leaks around the bend zone. This is because the thickness of the pipe wall is not altered during the bending process. Consequently, there are no weak points that gradually succumb to the pressure of the fluid that is moving through the pipe. This is in sharp contrast to pipes that are bent using other methods, such as cold bending. Such pipes may overstretch at the bend site to the extent that leaks can develop as high-pressure fluids exert strain on the thin walls in the region of the bend.
Lower Fabrication Costs
Induction bending is a very cost-effective way to fabricate pipes. This is because the fabricator does not need to make a special order for pipes (such as pipes with specified elbows) so that he or she can begin working on your order. All that he or she needs are straight pipes. Such pipes are easy and affordable to get. Those pipes are then induction-bent to your specifications. Furthermore, the water used to cool the pipes during the bending process can be recycled. This is an additional cost-saving measure that keeps fabrication costs low. In the end, you will pay a lower price due to those accumulated production savings when compared to another person whose consignment was processed using another pipe bending method.
As you can see, the cost-savings that you enjoy when induction bending is used to fabricate the pipes that you use in your processing plant extend to the entire lifetime of the pipes. You should talk to your metal fabricator (like Inductabend Pty Ltd) so that you can work out modalities of using this economical method to make all the pipes that you will need in future.