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Transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH

Hünegräben 19-22, 57392 Schmallenberg
Telephone +49 2972 9715-0
Fax +49 2972 9715-11

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Stefanie Flaeper

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 02  Processing machinery for metallic tubes and pipes
  • 02.01  Machinery for mechanical processing
  • 02.01.04  Tube upsetting machines

Tube upsetting machines

  • 02  Processing machinery for metallic tubes and pipes
  • 02.01  Machinery for mechanical processing
  • 02.01.05  Tube expanding machines

Tube expanding machines

  • 02  Processing machinery for metallic tubes and pipes
  • 02.01  Machinery for mechanical processing
  • 02.01.06  Tube end beading machines

Tube end beading machines

  • 02  Processing machinery for metallic tubes and pipes
  • 02.01  Machinery for mechanical processing
  • 02.01.07  Lines for blanking / stamping / punching of tubes

Lines for blanking / stamping / punching of tubes

  • 02  Processing machinery for metallic tubes and pipes
  • 02.02  Tube forming lines
  • 02.02.01  Tube bending machines
  • 02  Processing machinery for metallic tubes and pipes
  • 02.02  Tube forming lines
  • 02.02.02  Tube end forming machines
  • 02  Processing machinery for metallic tubes and pipes
  • 02.11  Handling systems, feeding systems and logistics for the tube and pipe industry
  • 02.11.03  Tube separating machines

Tube separating machines

  • 02  Processing machinery for metallic tubes and pipes
  • 02.11  Handling systems, feeding systems and logistics for the tube and pipe industry
  • 02.11.05  Conveyor systems for the tube industry
  •  Robot technology for the tube industry

Robot technology for the tube industry

  • 07  Software for the tube and pipe industry
  • 07.07  Tube Bending software

Our products

Product category: Tube bending machines

The next generation of tube bending robots

transfluid makes advanced robots for bending tubes that are even more effective and easier to use
Robots that process tubes in an effective and flexible way have already being used for some time in transfluid’s production cells. Since the beginning, these bending systems have been capable of taking isometrics data and use them to generate bending data, without the need for separate robot programming. The high-tech engineering company has now taken the development of its bending robots one step further and improved them again. “We wanted a solution that was even easier to use. This applies to the programming, which has been reduced or completely eliminated”, explains Stefanie Flaeper, transfluid director. “And at the same time, we have managed to make the robots even more flexible. It was a very big challenge to significantly improve bending robots that were already working extremely well. That is why I am even happier that our team of experts have been successful.”

Synchronized and clear identification
Tried and tested transfluid bending units with two robots bend long tubes from both sides. This way the tubes can be supplied already with forming or connection systems. However, it is much easier to process straight tubes in forming machines, when a bending machine can start from both sides. “The robots are synchronized when in use. Additional fittings, like mounting and support devices, are automatically synchronized with the processing robots. The robots recognize the tubes thanks to the code on the components and they generate the bending sequence; they can also choose different radii and diameters”, says Stefanie Flaeper. It is possible to work with up to six different tube diameters without tool changing.

Expanded processing, greater output
With the new and continued developments from transfluid, each manufacturing cell with two robots can do more than just bending tubes from both sides: each of these bending robots can also work on their own different geometry. The system can therefore be used in a very efficient way and the output is significantly greater. “With the software we have developed we have set ourselves a new goal, which is to make the processes much simpler. The bending data will be generated automatically from the coordinates, without the need to program the robots”, sums up Stefanie Flaeper.

Bending and Handling, without costly and time-consuming programming
The latest generation of bending robots also offers safer handling. The position where the robot grabs the tube in the magazine and the position where it grabs the tube to remove and deposit it can be retrieved from pre-programmed settings. This means that the operator has to do almost no programming of the bending program or the handling process. It is simply retrieved from stored data. It is also possible to process components that have been bent and put aside by the robots without any problems, even if there are potential collisions, because of the long segments. This is because the last bend can be done on the “floating” tube, just above the unloading position. The whole system is managed through the bending machine controls. This has the advantage that you can work with x, y and z data, but also with lengths and bending angles, just like with the standard bending machines. It is not necessary to have special knowledge of how to program a robot. To keep the set-up time as short as possible, the robots have preloaded settings that include the additional axes. This makes it possible for the operator to complete any tool changes in a very short time. The robots can be positioned next to each other in specific positions. By pressing a button, the system will return to the start position. With the latest generation of tube bending robots, transfluid has once more advanced and made more efficient the possibilities of tube processing.

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Product category: Tube bending machines, Tube Bending software

Smart software reduces the number of production steps

With the two latest versions of the t project software by transfluid the tube manufacturing process is safer.
The idea behind the t project software is a systematic approach to controlled tube manufacturing. What is complex becomes simple. To do this, it is possible to connect it to CAD, BDE or ERP systems, tube bending machines or bending robots. All the most common interfaces can be used. The processes can be visualized and validated. Two versions of the software have been developed, which play a key role in different areas of tube processing and custom solutions. They can be used depending of the requirements of the specific process.

Safe planning of complex geometries and bending sequences
A strong feature of the software is that it reduces the number of steps necessary to manufacture a finished component and this makes the production cheaper. For that reason, it is an effective solution for bending machines and it can be used together with all the usual CAD system. The software will eliminate any possible collisions with the equipment, the tools and the environment before the actual bending process starts. It tests the feasibility of the tube geometry. The necessary tool and machine parameters are delivered online through the CAD system. If a robot is used for the bending, the software will process the data, without an expensive reprogramming of the robot. To do this, it is possible to load data in the same way as for a standard bending machine. The pre-installed software will calculate all the necessary movements for the robot. The automatic product-specific adjustment of the bending speed for all transfluid machines makes it possible to process long tube safely and without oscillations.

Cutting that saves raw materials and exact identification for networked processes
The software solution also helps with the economical cutting of tubes. With integrated cutting systems the transfluid software will optimize the cutting pattern. The cutting lengths are calculated with precision and fewer raw materials are used. This is particularly effective with transfluid’s t cut equipment for orbital chipless cutting. A cutting sequence is prepared at the same time as the manufacturing process.  The cutting is automatically improved and the semi-finished tubes can be used with as little waste as possible. With the individual marking, linked to the data for the connections or bending sequences, the component can be tracked at all stages of the process. The data transfer happens via an interface with CAD, ERP and other programs.

One software program, two solutions for isolated or networked options
t project is based on the Windows operating system and the use is intuitive. The software takes into account the specific data for the material that is used, to give accurate bending results safely. Various additional modules contain all the details of whole processes, in order to have better control over the process and manage the process data of the forming techniques. The t project software can be connected directly to the company’s internal network (intranet) to have better data safety. The two versions of the software are available as isolated or networked options. The first option, t project Basic, offers the almost complete digital basic package. This makes it possible to transform isometries into bending data directly and also to calculate the correction and over-bending values automatically.  And by entering the diagonal data for the space, it is possible for the operator to control the bent component in an easy and manual manner. If the tubes have not been designed in the CAD system it is also possible to enter the geometry manually.

The t project Professional version has the same functions and some more. Any necessary extensions are calculated automatically. Additional production safety comes from the collision tests mentioned earlier. If a potential collision is found, the software will find an alternative by itself. The Import module has 30 interfaces for almost all the most common programs, such as IGES, STEP, JT or PCF, to connect them to CAD, measuring equipment and Office programs. The system has 10 export interfaces to export data, for instance as IGES files. 

The option to run simulations on the tubes is helpful for the practical applications that include flanges or forming. In order to calculate a whole package of tube geometries and to test that there are no collisions, the software has a Multitest function. It tests all the geometries by running calculations in the background and it filters out the process sequences that are not possible. If necessary, the geometry will be adjusted. The transfluid software offers the right solution for the most diverse requirements.

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Product category: Tube bending machines, Tube end forming machines

Tube processing for high-tech medical applications and aids

Forming and bending machines from transfluid deliver accurate processing of high- and ultrahigh-strength materials tubes

Medical technology supports doctors, nurses and rehabilitation staff in their valuable work. It improves the diagnosis, treatment, care, rehabilitation and quality of life for people. Engineering rules and principles are also used for the manufacturing of high-tech equipment and aids, together with medical know-how. And tubes play a special role in these many diverse products and applications. Special materials and high-precision production methods are necessary to meet the special requirements in this sector.

Symmetrical and asymmetrical forming with different materials

transfluid is often asked for solutions that make possible the very best tube processing when using workpieces in medical equipment. This can be surgical instrument technology,  emergency care and even sterilization autoclaves. In this case, a crucial challenge for the tube processing machines is forming tubes with very thin walls and made of special materials. These can be high- and ultrahigh-strength materials, like titanium and stainless steel, which are used in microsurgery or endoscopy, for instance. transfluid’s t-form machines are required for this job, giving precise results when forming axially or with the rolling method. As an example, with these machines it is possible to produce highly precise symmetrical and asymmetrical axial forming. “The rollforming is very important, because it can be used in a very effective way and independent of the tools used”, says Stefanie Flaeper, director at transfluid. “Our high-tech machines reduce the tubes partially or over a long distance. This so-called incremental forming opens up new possibilities in many cases. With both methods, axial and rolling, we offer outstanding precision. In most cases it is tubes with a relatively small outer diameter that are processed, with a diameter between less than 1 and up to 12 mm.”

Individual tubes for care and recovery

In addition to their use in medical equipment, tubes - with larger diameters and often produced in larger numbers – are also used in the production of aids to improve the recovery and quality of life of patients. The same demands apply in the care and rehabilitation fields, but with different prerequisites. In this case the focus is on creating options for the processing of tubes and profiles used in the frames of beds, auxiliary and lifting devices, examination devices, personalized aids or devices commonly used in the care sector.

For this large variety of applications, transfluid can offer a selection of machine series, which bend the pre-cut tube and form the ends. These system for the production of tubes can be connected to the network or be stand-alone, and be equipped with the relevant automation. In addition to this, it is also possible to set it up to have a completely automated process. The CAD data are loaded into the system online, which makes it possible to have highly flexible manufacturing, when necessary.

Flexible bending of tubes for solutions that fit

Different materials are processed in all areas of medical care. Light, high-strength materials are preferred in emergency care, for instance. Rehabilitation has similar requirements. Light, high-strength tubes are important in this case, so that the person can operate and use the rehabilitation products in line with their individual needs. This is particularly clear with the production of wheelchairs. These aids have to be tailored accurately to the person and their needs. For instance, some manufacturers offer the users a selection of sizes, colours or additional functions.

To achieve the best possible tube processing the counterclockwise and clockwise bending machine t bend 630 CNC R-L can be used. The fast, flexible change of tools makes individually adjusted bending possible. The transfluid machines guarantee high-quality bending also with small bending radii.

All transfluid’s forming and bending machines can work manually or fully automatic.  Integration of the manual systems into a production cell is also possible. This is how transfluid and their solutions for tubes support the production of advanced medical equipment for better health and better quality of life.

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About us

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transfluid®. The solution for tubes.

As a globally demanded partner for the production of tube bending and tube processing machines, at transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH we emphasize on guaranteeing the customer the optimum in added value. Since 1988, we have been further developing our technologies for tube machining in a customer-oriented manner, offering tailor-made and innovative solutions for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries, aerospace, shipbuilding and medical technology.

As the world market leader in the field of CNC-controlled rotary tube forming, the machines developed by our engineers are able to produce highly complex forming geometries for you.
Especially with regard to new developments and innovations, the openness to exchange experiences and ideas with other experts, such as at our annual Innovation Days, is an important guarantor of success for us.

We look forward to working together to realize your ideas!

Company data

Number of employees 100-499
Foundation 1988