Qualter Hall’s Specialist Machinery Division: Hugh Smith Engineering have successfully delivered one of their largest steel plate forming machines.

This 5000 Tonne Vertical Bending Press cold forms steel plate up to 220 mm thick x 3660 mm (12ft) and is widely accepted as the most accurate, efficient and cost effective means of forming the thickest of plates down to small diameters. The machines can be used for a broad range of forming applications including pressure vessels, boilers, offshore piles and jacket structures, nuclear plant, gear rims and other circular and curved profiles. The unique machine design has a number of key benefits:

  • Precision of the formed profile
  • Very short edge distances reducing material wastage
  • Speed of bending with one pass forming possible
  • Cone forming
  • Plate Straightening
  • Plate Flanging (with nose-bar attached)
  • Re-rounding
  • Hot bending capability

The machine has been manufactured, assembled and acceptance tested at Qualter Hall’s Barnsley (UK) facility and uses many of the core skills, including hydraulic system design and electrical and control system design and integration using our in-house teams.

Well done to all the teams in Barnsley & Glasgow for delivering a successful project to our client.