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Tube Bending & Manipulation

Tube Bending Overview

Thomson Pettie are one of the UK’s leading specialists in sub-contracting tube bending, tube fabrication & end forming services to customers throughout the UK & Europe.

Working to ISO9001:2008, certified by Lloyds Register, we offer tubular components ranging from 6mm to 152mm outside diameter, utilizing our CNC tube bending machines we offer a complete service from prototype to full production components, from simple single bends, to multi bends, fixed or variable radii & welded components. If required we can design & build full assembly/welding fixtures for both production & prototype parts, alternatively we can also utilize customer supplied fixtures.

Alongside our bending & end forming capabilities we also offer additional expertise in MIG & TIG welding, brazing & silver soldering.

Thomson Pettie will assist you at all stages of product development from initial samples through to full batch production. Our manufacturing capabilities are tuned for low to medium volume requirements where responsiveness and quick turnaround are important.

With the capacity to bend up to 152mm (6”) outside diameter on very tight radii we are able to produce products to market leading OEM’s in the Construction, Off Highway, Bus & Truck, Material Handling & Specialist Vehicles markets.

CNC Mandrel Tube Bending

Our mandrel tube bending machines include the latest all-electric multitask CNC controlled benders, with the capability to combine three fixed radii or two fixed radii with variable radius bending capability. Expertise has been gained in producing tight bend radii with minimum distances between bends, this coupled with our coordinated measuring machine ensure repeatability of parts to meet the demands and ever increasing expectations of our customers.

We are able to bend tube in mild steel, stainless steel & aluminium, plus other alloys to suit our customer’s requirements, round, square & rectangular tubes are currently in our stock range.

We have a large range of stock tooling covering most standard outside tube diameters on a variety of centre line radii, an up to date list is available on request.

Please contact us at your design stage and let us advise on available stock tooling, standard stock tube availability, bending parameters and then also let us help explore costs from the outset of your requirements. If we do not have tooling from stock we can produce new tooling, normally on a 3 week lead time for part tooling, to approx 5 weeks lead time for a complete full set of tooling.

Tube Fabrication

At Thomson Pettie we have a good knowledge of tube to flange/bracketry, assembly & welding techniques, whether bent or otherwise. We currently utilize both MIG & TIG welding processes, again in mild steel, stainless steel & aluminium materials, where possible we use rotary welding techniques. Along with this we also offer brazing & silver soldering capabilities. Repetitive jobs are jigged to ensure good quality & repeatability. Full fettling/finishing bays, where our welded products are finished to customer’s specifications & requirements prior to powder coating etc. are also available.

Our facilities are particularly suited towards light to medium fabrications. We also offer a complete finishing service, including powder coating, shotblast & metal spray and zinc plating.