The Capabilities and Applications of Mechanical Tubing

The versatility, strength, and durability of mechanical tubing have made it an integral part of many industries. There are several types of it, including automotive, construction, aerospace, energy, industrial machinery, and agriculture, which come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. This article discusses the applications of mechanical tubing in these industries and what kinds of tubing are suitable for specific markets.

Across Industries, Mechanical Tubing is Used

A variety of applications and specifications are available for mechanical tubing. Despite its versatility, it customized for specific applications in a wide range of high-stress industrial applications, ensuring optimal performance and efficiency.

A few examples of how mechanical tubing used in diverse industries listed below:

  • Automotive- Used for steering columns, drive shafts, and suspension components.
  • Construction– Commonly used for scaffolding, structural supports, and shoring equipment.
  • Aerospace– Mechanical tubing applied to hydraulic and pneumatic systems, landing gear, and structural components.
  • Energy– In renewables, it used in wind turbine and solar system structures In oil and gas, it used for drilling components and oilfield equipment.
  • Industrial Machinery– The tube is part of conveyor systems, material handling equipment, and machine frames.
  • Agriculture Industry– Used for tractor & heavy machinery components, ground clearing equipment, and irrigation systems.
  • Enhancing Mechanical Tubing for Every Application

The versatility of mechanical tubing across various industries requires a supplier who has the right inventory on hand and understands your specific requirements. To ensure you have access to the products you need, right when you need them, IBC offers a variety of value-added services to the tubing suited to your specific needs and applications, as well as supply chain management services, such as inventory management, logistics, and just-in-time (JIT) delivery. 

Automotive Industry

Suppliers’ most common value-added services for the automotive market include cutting, plating, and machining mechanical tubing. To ensure the tube is the correct length, it must cut using a saw or laser. As mechanical tubing exposed to harsh environments, plating improves corrosion resistance, enhancing its performance. Precision components created by machining to meet your exact specifications.

Construction Industry

Construction mechanical tubes enhanced to increase corrosion resistance and weather resistance, as well as to facilitate fabrication and provide more versatility. In applications where the tube exposed to extreme environmental changes, powder coating can enhance corrosion resistance and durability.

Drilling is another value-added service often offered for mechanical tubing in the construction industry. Drilling requires high accuracy to ensure the holes are drilled at the correct depth and diameter.

Mechanical tubes are galvanized to prevent corrosion and deterioration that can weaken their structural integrity. The semi-smooth zinc finish provides an additional layer of protection not found in other types of protective materials.

Aerospace Industry

A high-performance material is required for the manufacture of aircraft components in the aerospace industry. Its strength-to-weight ratio, which can reduce the aircraft’s overall weight and improve fuel efficiency, is one of the many advantages of mechanical tubing in the aerospace industry. To meet these demanding requirements, tube manufacturers offer heat treatment and testing services. By altering tubing’s microstructure, heat treatment enhances the mechanical properties, such as strength and hardness, that allow it to withstand the extreme conditions experienced in aerospace.

To guarantee the quality and performance of mechanical tubing, testing is essential. For aerospace applications, tube manufacturers test tubing rigorously, including tensile, impact, and fatigue tests. During flight, the tubing is tested to ensure its ability to handle high pressures, temperatures, and stresses.

Agriculture Industry

The corrosion resistance, versatility, and ease of fabrication of mechanical tubing make it a perfect choice for agricultural applications. Manufacturers offer the following services to enhance these qualities: Turning services ensure precise dimensions and smooth finishes on the tubing, ensuring optimal performance and longevity. By Boring and Honing, agricultural equipment tubing becomes more efficient and durable due to its improved dimensional accuracy and surface finish.


No matter your challenges, we have a solution. We have built one of the most diverse inventories to meet different needs with different ASTM specifications, including A106, A519, and A513. IBC Metal Group is a trusted supplier of mechanical tubing solutions for various industries. Our steel tubing, coupled with our value-added services, provides you with customized solutions that meet your unique needs. You gain access to services that enhance the performance, durability, and cost-effectiveness of mechanical tubing when you partner with us. For all your tubing needs, contact our experts.


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