Cold bending should never be done in-house when there is a viable solution offered by a third party. There are a lot of tasks and equipment involved with the bending of metal pipes and rods and if you don’t know what you are doing, it can affect the metal and injure your employees. Therefore it is best to hand off the specifications to someone who can do the work for you.
If you are going to do any level of cold bending, it is critical that your employees know what they are doing. This means that you have to spend the time training any and all employees that will be taking this task on. You cannot train just one person because you need to be sure the task can be done even when that person is not on site.
If there is insufficient training in place, it can lead to occupational injuries. Injuries are going to create problems because it will cause your employees to miss work and they may not return because they feel that you cannot provide a safe environment. It can also lead to paying more in workers’ compensation insurance.
There are fabrication guidelines that need to be followed. When creating 3D bends, the metal can crack if something is not done correctly.
You may not notice an issue immediately when cold bending. If you damage the metal or weaken it during the bending process, you may still put the tube into operation. This can lead to spills, leaks, and various other issues that may damage equipment, waste product, or injure employees.
All of these are reasons to explore hiring a third party to handle all of your bending requirements. You can create a list of needs and hand it to someone who can do the work for you. The added benefits is that you can sell the equipment that was being used for the bending and not have to worry about equipment maintenance any further.
In-house solutions are not always the most affordable way to go, particularly when it is something that involves a significant amount of skill. Hiring a third party to the work makes sense on all levels.