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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Mathey Dearman announces staff addition at Mike Charles and Associates

February 4, 2016

Mathey Dearman, Tulsa, Okla., has announced the addition of Michael Moore to the staff of Mike Charles and Associates Inc., a Mooresville, N.C.-based distributor of Mathey Dearman products in North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Moore has worked previously for Lincoln Electric and...

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Improving 400 series weld seams in tube, pipe production

February 3, 2016

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Chromium is a miracle element when added to iron, combining with oxygen to form chromium oxide, the compound that prevents rust in stainless steels. The downside is that it also impedes bonding, making stainless difficult to weld. Using a flux can help by improving weld quality and allowing faster welding speeds.

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Structural tube fabrication: Getting a solid connection for HSS

February 1, 2016

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One architectural fabricator has developed a connection and fabrication system for the modular construction of hollow structural sections, or HSS. Such connections show just how efficient modular construction can be.

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Collaring machine designed for stainless steel pipe

January 21, 2016

T-Drill offers the T-65 SS heavy-duty collaring machine for stainless steel pipe. According to the manufacturer, the machine produces comparable quality to a commercial T fitting, eliminating two welded joints and fitting cost. No pipe cutting or T fitting is involved, and the T ratio variation...

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Rotary tools deburr, form, and chamfer tube ends

January 18, 2016

Severance Tool has developed a line of tube end finishing rotary tools for deburring, forming, and chamfering. They are designed to finish both the ID and OD of tubing ends in a single operation. Many feature adjustable, two-piece construction to accommodate work on same-size tubing with varying...

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Electric tube bender has 6.5-in., three-stack capability

January 18, 2016

Lang Tube Tec GmbH has introduced the 160CNC-EMR automatic tube bending machine. The multiradius bending machine, which handles a maximum tube OD of 6.5 in., can bend three stacks with 1xD bending capability in stainless steel. The bender has 13 CNC axes, including interpolation for cycle time...

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Automatic tube bending system offers flexible production

January 18, 2016

The DB 622-CNC t-bend mandrel bending machine from transfluid® is a fully automatic system for tube processing. The unit, which has no corners or edges, is completely encased in a round design. The compact design and integrated safety housing around the machine allow operation with a separate...

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Acoustic mapping finds defects on tube, pipe ID

January 14, 2016

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Acoustic microimaging has long been used to find inclusions and voids between two bonded tubes or pipes. A new application for this technology precisely measures the wall thickness along the entire length of a tube or pipe.

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Lang Tube Tec names International Technologies as U.S. partner

January 12, 2016

Lang Tube Tec GmbH, a manufacturer of electric tube and pipe bending machines based in Germany, has selected International Technologies Inc., Schaumburg, Ill., as a U.S. sales and service partner. Lang Tube Tec provides a variety of bending machines for carbon steel, stainless steel,...

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Inflatable stoppers come in many shapes, sizes, materials

January 7, 2016

The Pipestoppers® Division of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® offers the Inflatable Pipestopper® in standard and nonstandard models for reducing volume or blocking pipes, tanks, and other circular orifices for purging, routine maintenance, or to prevent the entry of foreign bodies....

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Band saw cuts metal tube in upward direction

January 6, 2016

Kasto Inc. has introduced the KASTOwin tube A 5.0, a fully automatic band saw designed for cutting tubular material. The blade cuts from the bottom of the tube in an upward direction as opposed to cutting from the top of the workpiece downward. The upward travel of the blade helps reduce blade wear...

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Tri Tool adds Northwest regional sales manager

January 4, 2016

Tri Tool Inc., Rancho Cordova, Calif., has hired Bill Baxter, formerly of Geary Pacific and Western Tool Supply, as Northwest regional sales manager, working with Val Astle. Their regional territory comprises Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Nevada (except...

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Electric tube end forming systems offered

December 29, 2015

Manchester Tool & Die Inc. has introduced two electric tube end forming systems for tubes up to 1 ½ in. dia. The M71-E-6 has a servo-driven, six-position rotary shuttle, and the M71-E-3 has a pneumatically driven, three-position shuttle; both are programmable through the machines’ HMI. A...

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Tube bending tool features integrated cutting device

December 28, 2015

Schwarze-Robitec has developed a bending tool with an integrated cutting device. This allows the user to bend and cut pipe components of commercially available lengths in a single process step. According to the company, this reduces material waste up to 90 percent and decreases production times....

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Tube cutting system employs direct-diode laser

December 17, 2015

Mazak Optonics Corp. has developed the Versatile Compact Laser (VCL) Tube-100 laser cutting system, designed for low-volume tube and bar components up to 4 in. dia. (3 in. square) and lengths up to 25 ft. The machine uses a direct-diode laser. It includes a fiber delivery system, and the...

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