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BLM Group USA to Feature New Tube Fabricating Solutions at FABTECH 2017

Press release date: Aug 29, 2017

Novi, MI - BLM GROUP USA, (www.blmgroup.com), a global leader in the manufacture of tube processing solutions will display its wide range of equipment at FABTECH 2017 in booth #B11010 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The company will feature its new LT8.10 fiber laser tube cutting system, along with its series of highly efficient and productive tube bending machines: SMART, ELECT 102 and E-TURN 52 integrated with robotic load/unload demonstrating a fully automated production process.

With its 3 kW fiber laser, the LT8.10 provides excellent flexibility for precise laser cutting on a variety of materials for tube diameters up to 9.5 in. (241 mm). The system is ideal for cutting highly reflective materials such as brass, copper and aluminum and can process round, square, rectangle, special shaped tube or bar and open profiles with ease.

SMART, the all-electric tube bending machine provides speed, precision, and reliability when processing tube with diameters up to 1 in. (28 mm). Its compact layout and integrated loading/unloading enable automated non-stop operation. The SMART is particularly well suited for bending complicated shapes and multiple radii tubes. It can be used in a wide range of configurations; from manual to robotic loading or with a range of automated loaders designed to handle straight tubes or pre-assembled tubes with formed ends, flanges or fittings. The entire system is managed from a single point via the VGP3D software, making programming and operating simple.

The ELECT 102, an all-electric tube bender brings advanced levels of accuracy and productivity to the bending of tubes up to 4 in. (102 mm) diameter. The machine can bend multiple radii using stack tooling for right-hand or left-hand bending. Up to eight tools can be fitted at the same time. Variable radius tools can be used in any position. The unit can handle difficult applications with little or no straight between bends or where tight radius bends are required.

E-TURN 52, the all-electric tube bender can bend a variety of tube configurations including round, square, rectangular, flat-sided, oval and elliptical. Tube can be automatically loaded, bent and unloaded all in one machine. The E-TURN 52 can bend tube up to 2 in. (50.8 mm) diameter and can automatically predict and calculate the behavior of the tube during the bending operation. This is particularly useful for processing high-strength materials or stainless steel with high spring-back to prevent the formation of unsightly marks caused by slippage at the end of the bend or early wear on the tools.

Applications specialists will be on hand to demonstrate BLM GROUP’s proprietary software suite called, “BLMelements” which is a single management point for designing, programming and planning tube and sheet fabrication production. The software also allows for remote machine monitoring, collecting operating statistics and receives real-time notifications of events that may require attention all to optimize the data networking, computerization and digitization of the “Smart Factory” of the future and Industry 4.0.

BLM GROUP is a global leader in tube and sheet metal processing solutions. Its product line includes laser tube cutting, cold sawing, bending, end-forming, end- machining and wire bending machines. The company has more than 60 years of experience and thousands of applications in the development of tube and sheet metal fabrication equipment.

BLM Group USA

46850 Cartier Drive,

Novi, MI 48377

Tel: 248.560.0080

Fax: 248.560.0083

www.blmgroup.com