Tube and Pipe Fabrication

The tube and pipe fabrication technology area covers sawing (band, circular, and friction) and other cutting processes, such as abrasive, flame, laser, oxyfuel, plasma, and waterjet. It also discusses forming processes, including bending and end forming. Finally, it includes a handful of miscellaneous processes, such as trimming, beveling, finning, grooving, threading, and spinning.

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Leaktight plugs retain fluid in pipes

March 28, 2017

Cob Industries supplies a line of lightweight inflatable stoppers for pipes up to 120 in. dia. to prevent the entry of debris into pipes. They are available in cylindrical format for straight pipes and spherical format for bent pipes. For retaining fluid inside a pipe, plugs made of aluminum,...

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EEMUA publishes second edition of tube end welding recommendations

March 22, 2017

EEMUA has published edition 2 of EEMUA 143 recommendations for tube end welding. It takes ISO 15614-8:2016, Specification and qualification of welding procedures for metallic materials – Welding procedure test – Part 8: Welding of tubes to tube-plate joints as the primary source, with additions...

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Weld purging system designed for use with heat-treated pipes

March 20, 2017

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® has developed HotPurge®, an inflatable pipe purging system for heat-treated chrome and high-strength stainless steel pipe joints that might stay at temperatures as high as 1,400 degrees F for many hours.Available from Cob Industries, the system allows the purge...

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Saw blade line extended for tube cutting

March 17, 2017

Kinkelder has extended its line of TCT Champion saw blades for tube cutting. The Champion TL saw blade features a new carbide grade, PVD coating, body design, and tooth geometry. It cuts tubes with tensile up to 850 N/mm2 on high-output, stationary sawing machines. The blade is available in...

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Using heat to form complex metal parts

March 6, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

Just as hydroforming was “discovered” in the late 1980s or early 1990s, as it transitioned from just a few specialized industries into more mainstream manufacturing segments, another, related process is forging a similar path: Hot metal gas forming. Similar to hydroforming, but performed at elevated temperatures, it does many of the things hydroforming once did – forms difficult shapes and complex shapes, reduces part weight, exhibits less wall thinning than some competing processes – but takes them further because it works with more pliable material.

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FABTECH 2017 to debut Tube Producers’ and Suppliers’ Pavilion

February 28, 2017

FABTECH® 2017, to be held in Chicago Nov. 6-9, will for the first time feature an expanded pavilion showcasing tubes, tube end products, and the tube trade.All these areas will be presented in a new segment—the Tube Producers’ and Suppliers’ Pavilion, organized and implemented by Messe...

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STI/SPFA names winners of 2016 Steel Fabricated Product of the Year Awards

February 20, 2017

Lake Zurich, Ill.-based Steel Tank Institute-Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA) has recognized member companies in 14 product categories with its Steel Fabricated Product of the Year Awards for 2016. There were 49 entries from STI/SPFA member companies for the awards, representing...

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Pipe stands offer coarse and fine height adjustment

February 20, 2017

IRCO has updated its standard pipe stand line. The pipe stands provide a stable platform to support pipe spools, usually being rotated by a welding positioner. They feature an upper support structure mounted on a customizable base. The upper support has drop-in wheel assemblies that adjust on a...

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Bender’s automatic tool change system helps simplify complex tube processing

February 15, 2017

The DB 40120-CNC-VE tube bending machine is available from transfluid. It permits bending radii of 1xD at very low wall thicknesses. All movement axes in this fully electric bending system are synchronized by the sequence control. All parameters can be taken from the CAD, and the corresponding form...

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BLM Group USA appoints North American sales director

February 14, 2017

BLM Group USA, a Wixom, Mich.-based manufacturer of tube and sheet metal processing equipment, has named Andrew Dodd as North American sales director. Dodd has more than 34 years of experience in the laser fabrication and integration business. Before joining the firm, he served as North American...

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Weld purging system removes oxygen from pipe within minutes

February 13, 2017

The QuickPurge® tube, pipe, and pipeline weld purging system is available from Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT®. The system is inserted into a tube or pipe and inflated, restricting the area that is to be welded and removing the oxygen within minutes. According to the company, a 36-in.-dia....

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Tube 2018 online exhibitor registration open

February 7, 2017

Exhibitor applications for Tube 2018, International Tube and Pipe Trade Fair, are now available online at www.tube.de/2330. The deadline to reserve exhibit space is April 30, 2017. The event will be held April 16-20, 2018, at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.A special feature at Tube 2018...

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Fives to deliver straightening machine to Meyer Turku

January 30, 2017

Fives, based in Paris, has announced it will design and deliver a fully automated and motorized Bronx 13-roll straightening machine to Finland-based shipbuilder Meyer Turku. The machine, which will be installed and commissioned in summer 2017, will process bulb sections up to 8.66 in. wide. These...

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Automated cutting machine turns notion of conventional work flow on its head

January 20, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

When mechanical contractor J.C. Cannistraro found that it was having trouble keeping up with the construction boom in the Boston area, it went looking for a better way to do things. Operations Manager of Plumbing Joe Mierzejewski thought that its cutting and collaring operation was a bottleneck and set his sights on improving the process.

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CML USA names new sales reps

January 19, 2017

Davenport, Iowa-based CML USA Inc., manufacturer of Ercolina tube, pipe, and profile bending and metalworking machinery, has announced two additions to its sales force. Mike Storto, based in Denver, serves as regional sales representative for Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Nick Tapply,...

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