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December 2019

Nominal Pipe Size & Pipe Schedules

NPS, or nominal pipe size, is the North American set of size standards for pipes that are used for temperatures and pressures of all ranges. The nominal pipe size identifies the size of the diameter of the pipe’s hole with a non-dimensional number. Using the NPS, a pipe is identified by its diameter and then with another non-dimensional number for the pipe’s wall thickness.

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Bending Stainless Steel Profiles

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Stainless steel bending is a functional, aesthetic way to complete many metal design tasks. Bending is often preferable to welded or mechanical connections, as when a seamless design is required, or there is concern about the crevices created by mechanical joints. Crevices can be particularly problematic for the food and pharmaceutical industries since they may introduce contamination.

Bending Metal

Section Bending Metal

Metal bending and rolling are key processes in the metal and alloy manufacturing and fabrication industries. While Section Bending processes vary with material, size, and thickness, but needn measures ensure the integrity, performance, and longevity of your final product. Bending operations include compression bending, roll bending, rotary draw bending, and other specialty tooling methods.

Bending Carbon Steel Bar

Bending Carbon Steel

Although Section bending machine many metals including aluminum, brass, copper, and other alloys, carbon steel bending is curved in higher volume than any other metal.

Carbon steel comes in a wide variety of grades each with its special characteristics and mechanical properties. Some grades bend better than others; some are more easily machined; and some are more wear-resistant.

bending square bar

Section Bending Square Bar

Bars are most commonly used for smaller manufactured parts and for industrial applications.
Square bars can only be bent as one style (i.e. there is no strong axis or weak axis to bend against).