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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All-electric tube bender designed for HVAC applications

June 11, 2015

BLM Group USA has introduced the 4-Runner, a multipurpose, compact tube bending machine for a variety of applications, but especially HVAC.The machine can be configured as a dedicated tube bender for a specific production application or a complete process that includes straightening from coil,...

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Tube Form Solutions, Herber Eng. announce partnership

June 8, 2015

Tube Form Solutions (TFS), a provider of tube bending services, equipment, and tooling in Elkhart, Ind., has entered into a partnership with tube bending machine manufacturer Herber Eng. AB, Värnamo, Sweden. TFS will market and sell Herber tube benders and deliver technical support to all...

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EFD Induction receives order from European pipemaker for welding machine

June 1, 2015

EFD Induction, based in Skien, Norway, has announced that it has been selected by a large European tube and pipe manufacturer to design, build, and install a single-cabinet, 750-kW, 200-kHz Weldac welding machine. The machine will weld profiles in various dimensions, as well as tubes up to 6.30...

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Tube fittings accommodate extreme-temperature applications

June 1, 2015

The Tube Fittings Division (TFD) of Parker Hannifin Corp. has introduced Seal-Lok™ Xtreme. This O-ring face seal tube fitting is equipped with a metal sealing ring that makes it suitable for applications in which typical elastomeric sealing is not a possibility because of extreme temperature....

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Saw arm assemblies allow cutting system customization

May 28, 2015

Kalamazoo Industries’ saw arm assemblies enable users to create custom cutting systems. The KM20AS and K20AS saws have a 16-/18-/20-in. blade arm assembly. The K10AS manually operated saw features a 10-in. blade arm assembly. The K12-14AS manually operated saw features a 12-/14-in. blade arm...

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Schwarze-Robitec establishes new website

May 26, 2015

Tube bending machine manufacturer Schwarze-Robitec GmbH, Cologne, Germany, has launched a redesigned website at www.schwarze-robitec.com with large-format images and menu navigation. Under the Applications heading, visitors can choose from nine different industries and receive an overview of...

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Vertical-column cold saw suitable for cutting tubes, profiles

May 26, 2015

Kalamazoo Machine Tool offers the C320SA semiautomatic vertical-column cold saw. It features simple operator controls for fast, easy setup, the company states, making it suitable for production sawing of tubes, profiles, and small solids. The saw features two spindle speeds—17 and 34...

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Turning to milling for weld preps

May 26, 2015 | By Eric Lundin

Preparing tube or pipe ends for welding with a portable tool is one way to get the job done, but for complex end forms and high-volume work, a stationary beveling machine is the way to go.

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Burr Oak Tool, industry partners develop simulations of copper tube inner grooves

May 22, 2015

Burr Oak Tool Inc. has partnered with the International Copper Association (ICA) and Optimized Thermal Systems Inc. to develop simulations of the inner grooves of MicroGroove™ copper tubes using CoilDesigner® software from the University of Maryland. With these new developments implemented...

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Rolling tube forming produces complex forms with minimal tooling

May 20, 2015

Rolling tube forming machines from transfluid minimize the use of tools and allow for creation of freely formed geometries. The technology is most suitable for use on tubes that already have been axially preformed, if sharp-edged contours need to be created for sealing elements, or if perfect...

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Design, prototype, production services offered for hydroformed parts

May 19, 2015

Excella Technologies provides part and tool design, prototype, and production services for hydroformed and other tubular parts. The company focuses on fluid-carrying and structural parts for such industries as agriculture, construction, commercial truck, and automotive, using stainless, mild, and...

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Process allows tube threading in very short cycle times

May 19, 2015

Suhner, in cooperation with Wagner, has developed a process that allows threading operations in very short cycle times. The workpiece is fed from barstock material. After a cut-to-length operation, it is machined by three BEX15 machining units with Weldon toolholders. Operations include OD/ID and...

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Getting the most for your tube bending buck

May 12, 2015 | By Heather Schultz, Stacy Cramer

Understanding the basic tube bending methods, including their capabilities and limitations, can help you uncover the best and most economical way to achieve a quality bend.

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Tube Innovation Days finds success at first staging in Shanghai

May 11, 2015

Chinese customers and interested parties gathered in Shanghai on April 15-16 for the first Tube Innovation Days. The event covered the entire process chain of tube manufacturing and processing. Almost 200 visitors from Asia attended the event, seeing displays by Dreistern, TRUMPF, Sema,...

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STI-SPFA bestows 2014 Steel Fabricated Product of the Year Awards in 13 categories

May 11, 2015

Steel Tank Institute-Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI-SPFA), Lake Zurich, Ill., has recognized member companies in 13 product categories with its Steel Tank and Fabricated Product of the Year Awards for 2014. The awards recognize a product’s promotional value, uniqueness, design and...

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