Flaring is a technology used to shape tubing and piping. It is much used in the automotive industry and specifically for vehicle seating. The great advantage is that products can be joined quickly and without any additional materials. The join is extremely strong, although the rotating movement is still retained. It is also possible to create fixed joins.
How does it work?
The tube is clamped in a jig. Special sensors check the position of the tube. Specially made mandrels travel into the tubes and bend them outwards. The type of bend depends on the customer’s requirements, but can be up to 180°. By measuring and adjusting the travel length, it is possible to set the depth and the diameter of the flare to an accuracy of 0.2 mm. The entire flaring process takes about 2 to 4 seconds depending on the thickness of the material.