Induction Pipe Bending: Important Precautions Hobbyists Should Remember

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The induction bending process involves the use of heat and bending equipment to achieve desired bends in pipes and tubes. The combination of heat and bending equipment poses significant risks to those involved in this fabrication process. Great care must be taken to safeguard yourself and those around you from the potential risks. This article discusses some precautions that hobbyists who have just acquired induction benders need to keep in mind as they operate that equipment.

Watch Out for Pinch Hazards

Your hands, feet and fingers may be at great risk of being pinched as you operate the pipe or tube induction bender. This is because the equipment has several hinge point areas where a part of your body can be caught. It is therefore advisable for you to get rid of any distractions, such as a radio, so that you concentrate fully on your task. That focus will enable you to be conscious of where different parts of your body are relative to the induction bending equipment.

Look Out for Brittle Materials

Induction benders rely on a heat source to soften materials before they can be bent easily. It is risky to attempt to bend brittle materials, such as hard plastic and glass using an induction bender. This is because it may be hard for you to prevent the material from shattering and harming you in case you use insufficient heat to make the material malleable prior to bending it.

Restrict Access to the Equipment

Some hobbyists may wish to have their friends very close to them as they bend tubes or pipes using an induction bender. It is not advisable to allow people to be very close to you while you operate induction-bending equipment. This is because those people will be at risk of being harmed in case anything goes wrong during the bending process. Their proximity may also reduce how well you can concentrate on the bending process.

Select the Work Area Carefully

Be very meticulous when selecting the place where you will use the induction bending equipment. Pick an area that is well lit. You should also pick an area where there is ample space for you to place the equipment on a concrete surface. There should be ample clearance, such as more than five feet, around the equipment. Such a location will enable you to avoid straining yourself as you avoid obstacles or squint to see clearly.

Equipment manufacturers usually provide guidelines that you should follow when operating their equipment. Use the suggestions above as additional precautions that you should implement alongside the measures suggested by the manufacturer of your induction bending equipment.


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