Inductaflex, the UK bending machine manufacturer, is pioneering a new aluminium window frame curving technique. The company claims their new technique wholly solves the difficulties and high costs of curving aluminium window frame sections to very tight radii.
The Inductaflex AL-1 aluminium bending machine has successfully curved a 45mm wide x 65mm high extruded glazing section to a 165mm outside radius and 120mm inside radius – a significant innovation for the window industry.
Inductaflex managing director Craig Barnshaw said: “Our customer had actually been turned away from two UK companies who considered bending the section to such a tight radius to be impossible.”
However, once Inductaflex carried out a feasibility study and analysed the section, they realised it be done, and quite cost effectively too. The AL-1 has a very short production time of between 60 and 90 days, and meets all CE, UL and CSA standards.
“The key to success was very careful design of the specialist machine tooling for AL-1 that we designed and manufactured specifically for this task,” added Mr Barnshaw. “The end result is an affordable and reliable solution for more extreme bending of profiles that has the capability of introducing new design possibilities for aluminium glazing system manufacturers.”
The Inductaflex AL-1 is one of the company’s five flexible CNC bending machines for aluminium extrusions, light steel, polished tubes and scratch-free stainless steel bending.