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A FLEXIBLE APPROACH TO SOLVING TUBE FORMING PROBLEMS

Addison McKee : 22 May, 2002  (Company News)
Addison-McKee is a world leader in the manufacture and design of tube forming
machinery for the manufacture of car and truck exhaust systems.
Since 1982, when it was known as Addison Tube Forming the company has grown to employ 200 people, supplying blue chip clients from purpose-designed UK
headquarters at Walton Summit, Lancashire.

During its 20-year history the company has developed highly advanced technology
capable of overcoming all the difficulties of exhaust design, especially those associated with the ‘Hot End’ requiring multiple and tight radius compound bends in thin wall, exotic materials.

Innovative, tailor-made solutions

In the early 1980’s Addison set the pace for innovation with its ground-breaking fully automatic CNC pipe-bending machine, the Powerbend PB 63X - the first dedicated UK designed and manufactured ‘empty’ draw bender designed for the automotive exhaust pipe manufacturer.

Today, the company continues to create systems that are tailor-made to the needs of the modern exhaust pipe manufacturer with a portfolio that includes equipment to manufacture everything from hanger brackets to tubular manifolds and air-gap
downpipes. It also designs and manufactures equipment for tube sizing, expanding,
reducing, flaring and slotting.

Advanced control technology, a key feature of the company’s approach, is exemplified in the Addison-McKee Databend Control System, now used in thousands of installations worldwide. Its advanced software is interfaced with the unique Addata Plus 3D Tube Measuring and Inspection Centre featuring a unique and highly sophisticated non-contact sensing system.

The company also manufactures Addison Bending Cells, known as (ABC’s). The
equipment, which incorporates automatic loading to Databend CNC tube bending
machines with off-loading devices and transfer to end-forming and/or sizing machines enables manufacturers to maximise the efficiency of their production lines. Addison- McKee’s commitment to finding cost-cutting environmental solutions for the industry is further illustrated by the advanced ‘green’ design of the new Electra range.
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