An old type of link in which the balls of a mandrel assembly can swivel only in one plane. Although brute links have the advantage of being heavy duty, they break if not properly oriented to the plane of bend. Also brute links have the disadvantage of a relatively large pitch which limits their effectiveness for thin-wall and tight radius applications. H-style universally flexible links have largely replaced brute links.
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A complete guide to the principles of the 4-Step set-up for tube-bending tools
This is a printable handbook showing how to implement in four standardized steps the “forward mandrel” set-up for rotary-draw tube-bending machines and establish process control over the so-called black art. The procedure is based upon the guiding principle that the tools make the bend and takes advantage of the inserted design of modern mandrel tooling.