We are the most experienced aluminium bending company in the UK. With our skilled engineering team we often achieve what is thought to be impossible. We have extensive knowledge, capability and capacity in the forming and bending of complex curved aluminium extrusions.
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Most of our tooling is made inhouse to allow for rapid changes in tool design without compromising on quality and lead time
Our range of aluminium bending techniques incorporate stretch forming, rotary draw bending (sometimes known as flow forming or tube bending) and roll bending.
However small or large your requirement, we have aluminium bending techniques to suit your project.
Roll forming aluminium is used for single and multi-plain bending, typically bend to section width ratio 10:1 in some cases it is possible to go down as low as 6:1, features include:
Draw forming aluminium is typically used for tighter bends than roll forming down to 3:1 radius to section width ratio, features of flow forming include:
Stretch Forming aluminium is the most accurate, repeatable and fastest of the forming processes, there are several features to the process:
Hydro have developed methods to twist aluminium extrusions distorting the aluminium consistently to give a twisting appearance. We can twist aluminium profiles in lengths up to 12 meters and have developed processes and machinery that can twist aluminium extrusion for the solar shading industry, balcony manufacturers and for general construction use. Twisting the aluminium profiles requires a large amount of force so we have developed methods to support the extrusion as we twist and move along the length. Maintaining the profiles dimensions and important characteristics is key through the process and this is where Hydro’s engineering excellence can be demonstrated confidently.
Hydro are certified to ISO9001 and EN1090-2 and can offer CE certification for aluminium components fabricated for sectors including Building and Construction.
Hydro’s Quality department supports the manufacturing division with in-house large bed CMM, Romer Arm and gauging capabilities, with calibrations and procedures controlled to British Standards, allow for ISIR, FAI, capability studies and PPAP’s to be completed as per customers’ requests.
Our company's core competence has always been in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialist machine tools for forming and machining. In line with the momentum towards 'one stop shop' service offerings, the company specialises in providing total solutions to customers who require formed, machined components and sub-assemblies.
We supply curved aluminium extrusions for many industry sectors: