The energy industry often relies on cold forming to fabricate many parts. Using cold forming, our products have increased hardness, strength, durability, and toughness, which are crucial properties in the energy industry. Additionally, cold forming helps shorten production times and reduce costs by eliminating the need for further heat treatment. It also reduces the production of waste to help boost sustainability, and it’s highly customizable for use in a range of components.
These advantages make cold forming one of the best processes in many energy applications as they improve performance, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and dependability.
Applications of Cold Formed Products in the Energy Industry
Cold-formed products have several applications in the energy industry, including the following:
- Heat Exchanger Tubes/Profiled Tubes for tube and shell exchangers and other types of heat exchanger gasses
- Splines for rotating parts such as conveyors or motor drive shaft
- Gears for motion and power transmission equipment
- Steel or Copper Tubes and Pipes and Custom Profiled Shapes for various commonly forged parts or custom cast shafts .
Types of Materials Used in Cold Forming for the Energy Industry
Cold forming is compatible with many types of metal materials, such as the following:
- Steel and Stainless Steel
- Nickel Alloys
Benefits of Cold Forming Parts for the Energy Industry
Cold forming offers numerous advantages compared to other processes. Here are some of the main advantages of this fabrication process:
Improved Strength and Durability
Cold forming boosts metal’s strength and durability to increase its lifespan and dependability. These benefits ensure that metal parts can meet the tight requirements around performance and safety in the energy industry. Cold-rolled metal materials can withstand many harsh environments, including those involving mechanical stress, extreme temperatures, and corrosive elements.
Enhanced Dimensional Accuracy
Another advantage of cold forming is its ability to increase components’ dimensional accuracy by maintaining the part’s shape and allowing for optimized thickness control. This level of dimensional accuracy, in turn, enables the proper alignment and fitting of components in power transmission equipment and heat exchanger tubing. The result is the mitigated risk of energy loss, leakage, and system malfunctions.
Cost and Time Efficiency
Save more money and production time with cold forming through the avoidance of unnecessary heat treatments that would otherwise be necessary with other processes. This particular process also tends to achieve the desired results without the need for any added machining, finishing, or other secondary processes, further resulting in cost and time savings. In addition, cold forming can produce a product that is the optimal shape allowing for units to be smaller and more compact. This is seen in the fluting or shaping of heat exchanger tubing to allow for betting heat transfer. This saves money on raw materials and labor.
Material Savings and Waste Reduction
The precision and thickness control of cold forming helps make the most of available materials and minimizes the generation of waste. As a result, businesses benefit from improved sustainability and resource utilization, both critical in the energy industry.
Using cold forming, you can produce many types of components to tight specifications, allowing for close tolerances along with complex geometries and shapes. These capabilities help keep components performing optimally and ensure they remain compatible with existing systems.
Cold Formed Products by Grob Inc.
Using cold forming, the energy industry experiences many benefits, from improved metal strength and dimensional accuracy to optimized customizability and cost-effectiveness.
If you’re searching for the most reliable cold-formed products available, Grob Inc. carries a selection of parts used in the energy industry, including gears, spline shafts, broaching, and much more. To learn more about our products and get the solutions you need for your application, contact us today or request a quote for our products.