Reducing tubes with care and precision

A standard piece of tube can be adapted in a number of ways, including reducing or expanding the diameter at various points along the length. When this is required, it is crucial to keep the wall thickness in mind and ensure that the process doesn’t result in a flaw in the structure of the tube. Care also must be taken if the grain of the material needs to be maintained. For both of these reasons it is important to have an experienced manufacturer do the job.

Tube reduction is most commonly done at the ends of tubing, whether to allow parts to fit together or as a functional or decorative addition. In each case the quality of the finish is important; if there are any issues it can have an impact on assembly and the function of the part. The best producers will keep a very close eye on quality and ensure reduction is done with the utmost precision.

Ends of tubes are typically reduced using either rotary reducing or hydraulic end forming machinery. The machine that you use will depend on the requirements and the final design that is needed. Both can provide precise finishes, although hydraulic machines can work to a much tighter diameter than rotary processes.

If tubes are to be slotted together the reduced end must be the correct size. A smooth fit is important, especially if a tight seal is required to prevent leaks and other problems. The design of the components needs to be perfect and manufacturing should be done very accurately to ensure this occurs.

At Multiform Tubes we have a wealth of experience and can provide tube reduction services for a wide array of requirements. We work with several different metals and understand the tolerances of each one. We take care and make sure we provide a first rate service regardless of the material we are working with and the specifications of the tube. Our machinery is well maintained, professionally set up and operated by our highly trained staff.