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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Huth Ben Pearson hires marketing and sales associate

September 23, 2016

Huth Ben Pearson Intl., a manufacturer of compression pipe benders and end forming equipment in Hartford, Wis., has hired Jeanette Clayton to the newly created position of marketing and sales associate. Clayton previously worked at Guarantee Digital. She has a bachelor’s degree from the...

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Burr Oak Tool forms partnership with Sistemi Meccanici Industriali

September 12, 2016

Burr Oak Tool, a Sturgis, Mich.-based provider of customized production machinery for the heat transfer and tube processing industries, has announced the formation of a partnership with Italy-based Sistemi Meccanici Industriali (SMI). SMI manufactures tube processing machines designed for...

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Roll grooving tool digitizes pipe grooving

September 8, 2016

Victaulic has introduced the RG5200i roll grooving tool. The fully automatic tool transmits instant feedback on the quality of the pipe and the pipe groove. The tool, which roll grooves Sch. 40 carbon steel pipe from 4 to 60 in. dia., is designed to meet ANSI specifications and the American Water...

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Laser stent, tube cutter introduced

September 1, 2016

Amada Miyachi America Inc. offers the Sigma laser stent and tube cutter. It features a large access workspace door with an embedded quick-open slide door, pull-out drawers, a closed-loop water system, and internal flexible lamps. The single-mode laser and optical focusing assembly provide spot...

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Civil War re-enactors take aim at metal fabrication

August 31, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

The members of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery had two cannons, an old school bus, and many miles to cover to stage mock battles. A team of Civil War re-enactors, they had discarded their previous bus and needed to transform their new bus. They enlisted the help of the staff and students at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC), Janesville, Wis.

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R&B Machining adds sales professionals

August 29, 2016

R&B Machining Inc., Wilmington, Ohio, has hired brothers Don and Joe Schweibold as account managers. In this role, they focus on increasing sales of the company’s tube bending and end forming tooling, tube end forming machines, presses, and automation business in territories including Mexico,...

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Where metal fabrication and history intersect

August 29, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

The members of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery had two cannons, an old school bus, and a lot of miles to cover to stage mock battles. A team of Civil War reenactors, they had discarded their previous bus and needed to transform their new bus. They enlisted the help of the staff and students at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC), Janesville, Wis.

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Forming a Marman bead

August 25, 2016

The Marman clamp, devised to secure two cylindrical surfaces end-to-end, has earned a unique place in tube fabrication. Although it’s not always easy to form, the Marman bead is a robust, airtight seal suitable for many applications, and is often used for diesel engine exhaust systems.

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BLM Group announces plans for new headquarters

August 15, 2016

BLM Group USA, a manufacturer of tube and sheet metal processing equipment, has announced plans to move into new headquarters in spring 2017 in its current location of Wixom, Mich. The newly constructed facility will have 75,000 sq. ft., with room to expand another 50 percent. This more than...

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Mathey Dearman provides support to UA Local 798 scholarship fund

August 8, 2016

Mathey Dearman, Tulsa, Okla., has announced its contribution of $1,500 to the UA Local 798 scholarship fund. The Pipeliners Voluntary Fund Scholarship Program, developed in 1969, has helped hundreds of students enrolled in institutions of higher learning. Recipients of the scholarships are chosen...

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Single machine serves as fully automated pipe cutting shop

August 2, 2016

HGG’s 3-D Tube Cutting Line (TCL) combines precision tube cutting with an automated and custom-designed infeed/outfeed logistics system to help increase production capacity. The line offers the accuracy to serve as an alternative to laser machines, and its automation gives users the...

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A novel approach to pipe welding automation

July 29, 2016 | By Soroush Karimzadeh

Pipe welding often requires frequent adjustments to changing conditions. Some changes are significant enough to make automation impractical. Today, though, collaborative robotics is helping to make pipe welding automation more flexible.

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Hyperloop One to open manufacturing plant in Nevada

July 28, 2016

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, developer of the Hyperloop structure to move passengers and cargo between two points, has announced it will open its first manufacturing plant, Hyperloop One Metalworks, in North Las Vegas, Nev. The 105,000-sq.-ft. tooling and fabrication plant will house...

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Lantek to provide software for Promotech pipe cutting machines

July 18, 2016

Lantek Systems Inc., Mason, Ohio, has reached an agreement with Polish company Promotech to supply its sheet metal software with Promotech’s pipe profile cutting machines. The equipment can cut pipes up to nearly 5 ft. dia. and about 39 ft. long with oxyfuel or plasma. Promotech manufactures...

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All-electric tube bender provides right-, left-hand bending in automatic cycle

July 18, 2016

E-turn, an all-electric tube bender from BLM Group USA, automatically loads, bends, and unloads various tube configurations, including round, square, rectangular, flat-sided, oval, and elliptical, on one machine. The series consists of four models: The E-Turn 32 that can handle tube up to 1.18...

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