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All-Electric Tube Bender

Unison Breeze all-electric tube bending machine.

Sharpe Products, a specialist in custom tube and pipe bending and tube laser cutting, has ordered the all-electric Unison Breeze CNC tube bending machine that will form the centerpiece of Unison Tube LLC's display at FABTECH in Chicago, September 11-14.

The machine, a 100 mm (4") single-stack model, will be on display at Unison's FABTECH Booth D41930, after which it will be installed at Sharpe Products' Wisconsin-based manufacturing plant. It will be the ninth Unison Breeze tube bender that has been purchased by Sharpe Products since 2003 and will be used to provide additional capacity for bending tubular components for the company's extensive customer base.

Sharpe Products and UK-based tube bending machinery manufacturer Unison Ltd. have a long history of working together. Sharpe President and CEO Paul Krickeberg was an early convert to the idea of all-electric tube bending and bought one of the very first British-built Unison Breeze machines in the United States.

"This latest Unison Breeze tube bending machine will help to support our ability to offer short lead times and consistent results-attributes that are essential to our customers," said Krickeberg. "We have worked with Unison for numerous years and look forward to installing this next generation machine at our plant."

"We are absolutely delighted that Sharpe Products has chosen to purchase yet another Unison Breeze all-electric tube bending machine," said Stuart Singleton, VP of Unison Tube LLC. "As you can imagine, such impressive repeat orders are an incredible testimony to the faith a customer places in our machine technologies, operating software and product support. The new 100 mm Breeze machine will bring valuable extra capacity to one of our longest-standing customers in the U.S. Equipped with the latest version of our Unibend control system, it will deliver cycle time speed improvements in the region of 25% compared to earlier versions. It also incorporates innovative new teach routines and simulation features."

Unison Ltd. invented ultra-precise, all-electric tube and pipe bending, and the Breeze 100 mm (maximum tube diameter) machine is one of its flagship models. Just like all Unison Breeze tube bending machines, the 100 mm/4" Breeze offers rapid set-up, fast tooling changes, high power, rigid mechanical design and all-electric control for right-first-time repeat subcontract work, or immediately after producing a single trial part. "These are all attributes that Unison Ltd believes make its Breeze models the ultimate tube manipulation machines for businesses specializing in frequently changing, small-to-medium batch production runs," said a company spokesperson.

Other single-stack Unison Breeze machines operated by Sharpe Products include 80 mm (3") and 100 mm (4") variants. Sharpe also has 76 mm (3"), 80 mm (3") and 130 mm (5") multistack Breeze machines, each able to accommodate several tools for rapid changeover between bending cycles.

For more information contact:

Unison Tube LLC

240 Eastwood Drive

Danville, VA 24540


FABTECH Booth D41930

Sharpe Products

2550 South 170th Street

New Berlin, WI 53151


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