instrument panel beam tube cold forming cell
This forming cell utilizes an innovative process developed for the manufacture of automobile instrument panel beams. The manufacturing process is carried out by two different forming procedures, both of which Mitchell excels at - Tube Push Pointing and Tube drawing. U.S. and Canadian patents have been issued that cover this unique process.
The cell includes a 50,000-lb. Three (3) Die Push Pointer and a special Tube Drawing Unit. The drawing unit uses the same tooling components found in a normal drawbench, along with additional features that make it unique in the automotive parts making industry.
This forming process makes the previous procedure of joining two tubes of different cross sections obsolete. The single formed tube of varying cross sections possesses an enhanced natural frequency and structural integrity compare to the two-piece construction.