Hydraform Technology

Our Hydraform technology is twice as fast

Innotec’s Hydraform process is automated from start to finish with multiple features added in a single, inline automated operation to form metal faster. Over the past 25 years, we’ve perfected our patented process manufacturing headrest stays and forming other metal for the automotive industry. In addition to the automated advantages, our process uses a thinner tube that still meets all automotive safety requirements. Innotec formed tubing can be used in place of structural metal as well. For example, Hydraform tubing can replace base rail and other structural assemblies used in the appliance industry to meet support requirements but at a lower weight.

Our competitive process leads to competitive prices.

Hydra tube forming

Now that our headrest tubing process has been refined, we’re expanding to different applications.

With our Hydraform technology, we can make anything out of tube at a length between 1.5ft and 6ft and up to 6 separate features. If you’re in need of tube processing, look no further!

Keep in mind that at Innotec:

  • We’re cost effective
  • We’re industry experts
  • We’re doing it like no one else does with our perfected Hydraform technology
Hydra headrest overview

Product Features

Cut to Length

  • Allow tube purchase in master length (6m)
  • Guillotine or laser cut
  • In line process of end form

Cold Formed Notches

  • A proprietary processes of creating the flats (notches) solely by forming material rather than removing the material by broaching.
  • The forming allows the primary strength of the tube to remain.
  • Current production products utilizing this process range in wall thickness from 2.3mm down to 1.0mm with OD’s of 12 to 14mm. Up to 50% weight savings.

Advanced Tubing Technology

About the technology

  • Fast – less than 5 seconds part to part
  • Flexible – easy change of tooling and program parameters accommodates quick changeovers and short lead time on prototype launches
  • Precise – laser cutting and cold form notching technology allow for many different part designs on the same piece of equipment
Tube bending and notching

Cold Formed Notching Process


Supporting thin wall headrest tube forming


Internal, automated nickel, chrome, and zinc electroplating