FluidForming: Metal Forming for the Heating and Cooling Industry
The HVAC manufacturing industry relies on long-lasting, heavy-duty, precision-formed parts. FluidForming, a revolutionary approach to sheet hydroforming and tube forming, allows for unprecedented accuracy, reliability, and durability.
FluidForming’s universal sheet metal and tube forming machine, the FormBalancer, is a force-contained structure that permits extremely high forming pressures of up to 4,000 bar/60,000 psi. With up to 4x the pressure used by traditional hydroforming devices, highly durable heating and cooling equipment and complex HVAC components can be formed with ease.
Some parts that are commonly formed for the heating and cooling industry include tanks, pans, dampers, diffusers, fuel cells, connectors, elbows, high-efficiency and micro channel heat exchangers, oven chambers, burner brackets, manifolds, and covers.
Benefits of FluidForming HVAC Equipment and Components
Not only is the FormBalancer the only machine on the market that can form both sheet and tubular shapes — a useful feature for the HVAC industry — but manufacturers also enjoy the highest levels of component quality. The FormBalancer’s bladder-free technology virtually eliminates friction and minimizes material thinning. As a result, heating and cooling components that are formed with FluidForming technology are incredibly smooth, rigid, and reliable.
Thanks to a high a degree of uniform pressure, complex geometries that were once considered impossible (or cost prohibitive) are now feasible. In fact, parts that once required multiple forming steps using progressive and expensive dies can now be consolidated into a single tool and completed in a single run.
Corrosion-resistant metals and alloys commonly used in the heating and cooling industry, such as aluminum, copper, stainless steel, titanium, and other modern alloys are all compatible with the FluidForming process.
Advantages of Fluid Forming
Cost-Effective and Efficient Precision Metal Forming for the HVAC Industry
Using the FluidForming FormBalancer machine enables the heating and cooling industry to form both pressed sheet metal components and tubular shapes with a single machine. With inherently low tooling costs, fast changeover times, and an impressive production rate of 1-10 parts per minute, FluidForming is a cost-effect and efficient method of metal forming for the heating and cooling industry.