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Brendan Barry

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Boiler plate flanging machine
« on: July 27, 2016, 11:58:40 PM »
As part of the plan to build a new boilers for no. 10 and no. 11 we wanted to be able to cold flange the boiler sheets in house. To accomplish this we are building a hydraulic flanging machine based on a Beatty Machine & Mfg Co patent. The flame cut steel plates for the frame of the flanging machine arrived at Sheepscot today.

Beatty Machine & Mfg Co patent drawing



Flame cut flanging machine frame parts.










Harold Downey

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Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2016, 12:29:15 AM »
Very cool!  Those plates are a lot bigger than they appear in the picture.  You can see the pallet almost lost under the side plates.

Here is a view of the WW&F version, straight from our Texas engineering department:
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2016, 12:46:22 AM »
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Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2016, 10:25:19 AM »
Very cool. I bet there will be more uses with this than just for boiler work...wonderfull addition to our machine shop equipment
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Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2016, 02:50:34 PM »
I know you guys have been very busy with other projects, but just wanting to know if you've made any progress on the flanging machine? Looks like some machined parts laying behind the turntable wheels photo that might be flanger parts.
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Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2016, 08:55:22 PM »
Chuck, That is the linkage for the flanging machine. I don't think they have been machined yet. Parts were cut from a plate of steel. Than again the pin holes may have been machined.
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Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2016, 09:13:53 PM »
If these are some of the flanging machine parts, they appear to me to have had some machine work done on them.

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Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2016, 11:18:03 PM »
Chuck those are flanging machine parts next to the turntable wheels but there has been no machine work done to the parts yet.

The basic frame of the flanging machine was assembled today.

Jonthan working on assembling the frame parts.



Frame assembled and stood up.








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Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2016, 12:25:53 AM »
That is some very clean cuts. I know you said flame cuts in the first post, but looks almost like water jet! It will be interesting to watch this machine go together. Thanks!

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Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2016, 01:25:54 AM »
WOW!

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Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2016, 10:18:32 AM »
Will the entire machine be finish welded together?

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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2016, 11:40:09 AM »
We don't intend to; it's designed so mechanical fastenings do all the structural work, and welds are only used to hold things together for assembly, positioning, etc.  To provide enough weld to do any structural good in a machine of this scale would be to provide a LOT of weld, so we designed around it.  If there are any unexpected problems, welding is an option.

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Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2016, 01:04:44 PM »
Got it. I now see the pipe spacers and the small welds. I wonder if you could scale the plans down for this to 1/4 scale to make a home version of this monster.  8)

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Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2016, 03:23:02 PM »
For those of us not familiar with boiler construction, what exactly will this machine do?  It reminds me of a giant C-clamp on steroids.  I am assuming it will put a 90 degree bend at the end of a thick piece of boiler plate (but you know what happens when we assume).  Do you have a photo of a flanged boiler plate?
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Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2016, 03:57:48 PM »
Yes, this will be used to fabricate 90 degree flanges for items such as the backhead sheet, etc. When #9's boiler was made it took a lot of man power and a lot of heat to form the flange.