If you are working in construction or on civil engineering projects, you are well aware of what a steel rod is. The material has diverse applications throughout several industries. Yet, for shop fabricators and workers on site, the metal is often useless unless someone can operate a steel rod bender to produce the necessary shape.
Bending Steel Rods
Steel rods are solid rolls of steel tubing. Their lengths, widths and diameter can and does vary according to the project. This makes it essential metalworkers have the wherewithal to modify them on or off site.
In order for the steel rods to meet the set and rigid specifications of many projects, metalworkers have to bend them. To accomplish this, a fabricator will utilize steel rod benders. The purpose of this piece of equipment is to bend the steel rod into the specific angles requested by the shop customer or required on a construction site.
A steel rod bender can actually bend the steel to meet any angle from zero to 180 degrees. It achieves this goal by applying the right amount of force to two or more points in the rod. How much force a fabricator needs to apply will depend on several factors including:
- The desired angle of the bend required
- The strength of the steel
- The durability or toughness of the metal
- The type of metal bending equipment available
Applications of a Steel Rod Bender
Steel rod benders play an important role in several industrial applications. Of particular note is construction. Here they are required to help in such processes as:
- Building structure such as home
- Constructing tunnels
- Bridge building
- Road construction
Other applications include smaller components for flanges on rail car discharge chutes, components parts for various vehicles, treatment equipment for wastewater, fan housings and wind towers. All such projects and products demand the use of a high quality, durable and reliable steel rod bender.