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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Schwarze-Robitec restructures sales department

May 4, 2016

Tube bending machine manufacturer Schwarze-Robitec, Cologne, Germany, has named Heike Ahlers as sales and marketing manager and has announced the retirement of former Sales Manager Jürgen Korte. Ahlers joined the company in 2013. She was significantly involved in 2015 with the opening of the...

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Fully automatic tube cutting machine offered

April 28, 2016

Straus-Artys Corp. offers tube cutting machines manufactured by the Conni division of RALCitalia. The fully automatic, high-production tube cutting machine is suitable for round, square, and rectangular hollow tube, as well as solid rounds. The unit incorporates a robust saw head with hardened...

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Purging system handles high-temp pipe joints

April 28, 2016

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® has developed the HotPurge® inflatable pipe purging system for heat-treated chrome and high-strength stainless steel pipe joints in which the temperatures might be as high as 1,400 degrees F for many hours. The system allows the purge to be continued safely...

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Wired remote control units offered for welding machines

April 20, 2016

Lincoln Electric has introduced two wired remote control units for pipeline welders and those working in construction applications. The wired remote controls, available with or without a 115-VAC power duplex receptacle, include a 125-ft. detachable cable. A customizable min./max. range sets in...

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Tips on designing tubular parts for bending

April 18, 2016

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Designing components, assemblies, and finished products is one thing; designing them for ease of manufacturability is something else altogether. Designers and engineers can use the tips in this article to design bent tubular parts to be as simple, and therefore as economical, as possible.

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Heartthrob finds a less exhausting way to clean parts

April 18, 2016

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Cleaning the inside of long, bent tubes is a chore, especially when it has to be done outdoors in inclement weather. Nobody knew this better than the staff at Heartthrob Exhaust Accessories, Litchfield, Minn., when they had to use a pressure washer outside during winter months. An ultrasonic cleaning machine brought the process indoors while making it faster and less labor intensive.

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BLM Group USA to host Tube Innovation Week

April 4, 2016

BLM Group USA, a manufacturer of tube processing equipment, will host a weeklong event focused on its new technologies. Tube Innovation Week, to be held June 6-10, 2016, at the company’s Wixom, Mich., headquarters, will feature the latest technologies in laser tube cutting and tube bending....

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End forming machine accommodates tube up to 6 in. OD

April 4, 2016

Tube Form Solutions has introduced the 150 Multi Strike ram former. This 5,500-lb. end forming machine, which runs a voltage of 240/480 VAC three-phase, can accommodate tube from 1 to 6 in. OD. The unit can perform extreme tube expansions because the tube can be formed in incremental steps to...

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R&B Machining names account manager

March 24, 2016

R&B Machining Inc., Wilmington, Ohio, has hired Kevin Hughes as its new account manager. He focuses on increasing sales of the company’s tube bending and forming tooling, tube end forming machines, and automation business. Hughes has more than 20 years of outside sales experience selling...

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Mathey Dearman adds to sales team

March 24, 2016

Mathey Dearman, Tulsa, Okla., has announced the addition of Daniel Bartyzel to its extended sales team. He joined Intermountain Marketing Group, Lone Tree, Colo., as an outside sales representative, responsible for accounts in New Mexico and Colorado. Bartyzel attended Technical Vocational...

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Glass fiber weld backing system helps minimize postweld processes

March 21, 2016

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® offers Weld Backing Tape™ for the backing of welds when purging is required but is not easily achieved or economically feasible. According to the company, use of the tape allows an increase in welding speeds and results in clean welds that require minimal...

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Plasma provides pleasant parting process for pipeline project

March 17, 2016

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Oxyfuel has been the process of choice for cutting and gouging for field repairs for many years, but the crew on the Seaway 2 project found that a prototype model from Hypertherm provided a faster, quieter, more precise process.

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Robot-assisted tube bending system does not require complex programming

March 17, 2016

transfluid® has developed a tube processing system that involves robot handling of the material for bending tubing in lengths up to 177 in. It completes 47 bends in 140 sec. The system was developed for a tube fabricator working with tubing that was already shaped or fitted with flanges. The...

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Two bending processes, two directions, four tooling sets, one machine

March 16, 2016

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As design software becomes more complex, and as engineers strive to differentiate their products from those of their competitors by developing increasingly complex, unique, and aesthetically pleasing products, manufacturers have to keep up. Superior Tube Products Inc., Davenport, Iowa, found that its conventional tube benders weren’t always up to the task, and invested in a twin-head servo-driven machine.

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Swaging a war on piping system leaks

March 16, 2016

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While welding and threading have their place in pipeline systems, mechanical connectors can be a good alternative, especially in applications subject to shock loading, constant vibration, and thermal cycling. Bolt-on flanges are one example; for small diameters, radially swaged connectors can be even better.

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