High-Performance Solutions for the Serial Production of Complex Tube and Pipe Geometries


High-performance tube and pipe bending solutions “Made in Germany” – in keeping with this slogan Schwarze-Robitec presented its extensive product range of tube and pipe bending machines and fully automatic bending cells at Fabtech. At the booth in the north hall of the trade fair in Chicago, interested visitors were able to experience a state-of-the-art CNC 100 E TB MR tube bending machine live and in action. Together with the experts from the American branch office, the long-established Cologne-based company answered all questions interested trade visitors had concerning tube and pipe bending processes.

Faster, more flexible and more efficient – the serial production of complex tube geometries presents numerous challenges for companies. This is why the tube and pipe bending specialist Schwarze-Robitec has placed its comprehensive solution competence at the center of the booth at Fabtech. The company presented the operation of a CNC 100 E TB MR tube and pipe bending machine from the high-performance series live. Whether for the production of different radii or bend-in-bend systems, such as manifolds and exhaust pipes, with the full-electric and multi-stack CNC tube bending machines, a particularly wide range of different tube and profile dimensions can be bent. Users benefit from the shortest cycle times, the highest speed, and maximum accuracy. In combination with individually adjustable tools, the multi-level technology used ensures the problem-free and accurate shaping of tubes with very short lengths between the individual bends. This can be used to bend exhaust pipes with a bending radius of 1 × D, using the smallest straight intermediate lengths between two bends. The integrated rapid clamping system “Quick Tool Unlock” allows changing the bending tools fast and requires almost no tools at all. Set-up times are therefore significantly optimized, and machine downtimes are substantially minimized. The NxG control system also contributes to the fast cycle speeds of the high-performance series: Users can reduce the production time by up to 35%, depending on the tube system to be bent.

Expansion of the range of services in North America

Fabtech is the meeting place for the metal-processing industry in North America. Schwarze-Robitec took the opportunity to get in touch with numerous customers and interested parties and to inform them about the latest company news. This also includes the fact that the US branch office moved to new offices warehouse facilities in Grand Rapids (Michigan) in April. On 2000 square feet Schwarze-Robitec stores there, among other things, the most important spare parts for the custom-made tube and pipe bending machines. This means, the company with a long tradition, headquartered in Cologne (Germany) and first-class support, can respond to service requests in North America even more quickly. The goal is to further expand the market in North America.

Schwarze-Robitec GmbH

The company was established in 1903 and is now one of the leading international experts in the pipe bending machine sector. The headquarters of the specialist for cold bending machines is located in Cologne, Germany, and currently employs a staff of 130. The company is represented by partners worldwide. And these partnerships have existed for many years. Since 2015 Schwarze-Robitec has its own North American subsidiary that represents the company in the USA. As early as 1977, the company manufactured the world’s first CNC pipe bending machine. To date, more than 2,700 machines have been sold, many of which have been in continuous production use for more than 35 years. Highlights of the Schwarze-Robitec product range include not only pipe bending machines and bending tools but also tube perforating machines, measuring systems and solutions for the construction of special purpose machinery. The reference list of the pipe bending expert includes invariably all major manufacturers from the automotive and energy industry, and shipbuilding. Furthermore, the company’s solutions are used in the aerospace industry and many other sectors. Additional information about Schwarze-Robitec can be found at www.schwarze-robitec.com.


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