Bend Tooling Encyclopedia™

Welcome to the industry’s only comprehensive guide for tube and tube bending terminology used in the rotary-draw tube-bending industry. The primary objective of the Bend Tooling Encyclopedia™ is to define the various words and phrases in use in the tube-bending community in order to ensure that even if we are not speaking the exact same language, we do understand each other.

The Bend Tooling Encyclopedia™ is a tube bending handbook and terminology guide that builds upon the glossary John Gillanders authored in his widely-circulated guide to tube-bending, Pipe and Tube Bending Manual — and then some. More than a dictionary, our pipe and tube bending guide contains extensive articles on key subjects which not only provide definitions but also the concepts, applications, practices, and relationships to other subjects behind the term in question.

An abridged form of the Bend Tooling Encyclopedia™ appeared as a series of articles in “The Tube & Pipe Journal”. It is also the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ official guide for pipe- and tube-bending terminology.

As always, we ask members of the tube-bending community to advise us on corrections, additions, and new terms. Your input is especially helpful in identifying local variations in terminology and keeping our tube bending guide up to date.