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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Tube bending lubricant sticks to tubing for improved housekeeping

September 16, 2014

Metalloid Corp. has introduced Metdraw 6640 for the bending of ferrous and nonferrous tubing up to 5 in. dia. and 0.109 in. wall thickness. The lubricant is suitable for use on aluminum, aluminized steels, high-carbon steels, stainless steels, and copper alloy tubing. The lubricant is oil-free...

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Aerospace parts manufacturer upgrades bending capability

September 8, 2014

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Bending tubular parts for the aerospace industry isn’t easy. OEMs continue to push the envelope, designing increasingly complex parts made from pricey materials. Fabricators are under continuous pressure to improve their capabilities, turn orders around faster, and minimize scrap. To that end, SL Engineering recently invested in a second all-electric bender from Unison.

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Success on two wheels

September 4, 2014

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Firefly Bicycles, a 2011 start-up in the custom bicycle business, is thriving despite the sluggish economy and a competitive marketplace. The company’s three founders are using their previous work experience in bicycle fabrication and their enthusiasm for cycling to stay ahead of the competition.

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Cutting machine handles pipes, tubes, and flat plate

August 27, 2014

HGG’S new Multi-Profile Cutting (MPC) machine is designed for manufacturers with production volumes that cannot justify dedicated machines for profiling pipe alone. It can be configured to cut a variety of profile shapes, including pipes, box sections, angle bars, and flat sheet metal strips....

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Consumables Corner: Lowering weld hardness in SAW

August 26, 2014

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Q: We manufacturer dual submerged arc welded (DSAW) pipe for API use. Some jobs require that the weld hardness be below 250 Vickers. We are having trouble meeting that requirement. What can we do? A: Weld hardness restrictions generally are found in pipelines designated for sour service and are...

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Incremental tube forming process shapes high-strength pipe materials

August 25, 2014

Dortmund Technical University and transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH have cooperated to develop incremental tube forming, a step-by-step shaping of a tube end or tube that allows processing of high-strength and ultrahigh-strength materials. Straight tubes can be formed into increasingly complex shapes,...

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Machine automatically deburrs miter-cut and bent tubes

August 18, 2014

Kent Corp. has developed a new Burrmaster deburring machine to deburr the ends of miter-cut and bent tubes. It allows the machine operator to control the machine completely from the push-button station. The process begins when tube is loaded into the custom clamp fixture by the machine...

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Multichannel automatic bar loading magazine is sized for job shops

August 18, 2014

Breuning Irco’s ecoPROFI automatic bar loading magazine, available from Lexair Inc., delivers automatic, multisize bar feeding in a small-footprint package suitable for job shops. Capable of handling barstock from 0.2 to 2 in., the multichannel, “Gatling-Gun”-style magazine allows one-button...

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Goodhart Sons opens new pipe fabrication facility

August 11, 2014

Steel fabricator and installer Goodhart Sons Inc. has opened a new pipe fabrication facility at its Lancaster, Pa., headquarters. Creation of the facility, located in existing space previously used for machining and metal fabrication, was driven by customer demand for additional pipe fabrication...

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The Metal Shop installs tube laser with nesting software

August 11, 2014

The Metal Shop LLC, a custom fabricator in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., has purchased a Mazak FabriGear tube laser with a maximum capacity of 6 in. in the largest dimension. It handles tubes up to 26 ft. long and has a full 5-axis head and built-in tapping. The company also has installed SigmaTube...

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E.H. Wachs relocates Houston office

August 11, 2014

E. H. Wachs, Lincolnshire, Ill., has moved its Houston sales, service, and rental location to Pasadena, Texas. The new location is closer for industrial customers in the oil and gas market and to refineries in the shipping channel located in the Houston area. The facility sells, services, and...

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Rattunde opens manufacturing facility in Michigan

August 11, 2014

Rattunde, a global manufacturer of tube and bar processing machinery, has opened a new manufacturing facility in Caledonia, Mich. The 30,000-sq.-ft. facility produces tooling for the company’s machinery systems, which process bar and tube stock into various end products used by manufacturers...

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CAD Partner recognized with SOLIDWORKS Gold Partner status for piping design software

August 8, 2014

Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corp. has awarded Gold Partner status to CAD Partner GmbH, Nittendorf, Germany, for its Smap3D Piping design software. The direct integration of the piping software in SOLIDWORKS® decreases design time, according to the company. The software also helps prevent...

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Portable beveling tools generate no sparks, heat

August 7, 2014

Fastenal offers portable beveling tools that create inside/outside bevels, pipe beveling, countersink, and radius paint edges. The portable tools generate no sparks or heat, and changeouts are completed in 30 sec. The electric FMT Bevel Mate can bevel depths up to 0.5 in. Proprietary cutter...

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Process pipe welding system suitable for pipe from 6 to 72 in.

August 7, 2014

Magnatech’s Pipeliner FCAW process pipe system makes code-quality welds with the high-deposition FCAW process. Designed to weld pipe 6 to 72 in. and larger, the system can be used for construction of electric utility power piping and oil, gas, and water pipelines, as well as for fabrication of...

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