Today, more tube benders need the right measuring systems which take the particularities of complex free-form tubing into account.

German company Aicon’s optical measurement system TubeInspect already carries out precise testing of free-form tube geometries with the help of high-resolution digital cameras.

Now, it offers an additional interface that connects TubeInspect directly with the free-form bending machine.

This results in automatic correction values being identified for the formed tubes and transmitted to the bending machine. It means set-up time is shortened.

It said a partnership with bending machine manufacturer Wafios from Reutlingen, Germany made this development possible. The newly developed interface enables smooth communication between the bending machine and the measurement system.