Sustainable Sheet Metal Forming For The Heating & Cooling Industry
The HVAC manufacturing industry relies on long-lasting, high-performing, and heavy-duty parts. Our revolutionary approach to sheet hydroforming is the perfect fit for sustainable sheet metal forming and tube forming because it 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.
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 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.
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.
To meet the demand for more efficient, cost-effective heating and cooling systems, major manufacturers in the industry are working to develop products with higher energy efficiency ratings.
Using Finite Element Analysis (FEA), FluidForming Americas works with its HVAC customers throughout the entire product development process to help designers and product development teams identify which part geometries are most efficient and which metals work best. Our team also engineers determine which metal thickness is best suited to the process and product.
HVAC manufacturers count on FluidForming Americas to manufacture the highly precise part that maximize airflow and minimize inefficiencies. Unlike other metal forming processes, FluidForming is inherently green.