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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Material handling in a tube cutting process - TheFabricator.com

Material handling in a tube cutting process

April 30, 2013

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A tube is a tube, as most in the industry would declare. But getting that tube from point A to point B isn't a simple proposition. That's why fabricators need to keep in mind key factors when looking to set up a material handling system for a tube cutting operation.

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Tube bending machine produces small radii for shipbuilding, offshore plant construction - TheFabricator.com

Tube bending machine produces small radii for shipbuilding, offshore plant construction

April 22, 2013

Schwarze-Robitec offers the CNC 320 HD tube bending machine. The unit allows extremely small bending radii (1.5 x D), even for large tubes and pipes with very thin walls and diameters up to 12.75 in. The machine is suitable for use in the shipbuilding industry, as there generally is little...

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Trilogy takes over representation of Schwarze-Robitec in North America

April 18, 2013

Schwarze-Robitec, Cologne, Germany, has named Trilogy Machinery Inc., Belcamp, Md., as the exclusive North American representative for its tube and pipe cold bending systems for the automotive, shipbuilding and offshore, chemical, and power plant industries. In addition to customer advice and...

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CNC tube bender provides precise bends for monocoque frames - TheFabricator.com

CNC tube bender provides precise bends for monocoque frames

April 17, 2013

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Industrial Laser Solutions, Atlanta, has carved out a niche as a firm that engineers and develops its own products. During the downturn that followed the financial crisis of 2008, the company decided to take on some additional work, and it found itself in the fabrication business. This article tells the story of its first fabrication project, including some problems and practical solutions.

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Conveyor components manufacturer relies on inverse lathe - TheFabricator.com

Conveyor components manufacturer relies on inverse lathe

April 8, 2013

Mining equipment has to take a beating more so than most other types of industrial equipment. Constant exposure to heat, dust, dirt, and debris means that mining equipment has to be built to last. When the Goodman-Hewitt branch of Joy Global looked to upgrade the machines it uses to make conveyor components for this industry, it looked for a cutoff machine that would hold tight length and squareness tolerances for this severe environment. Its search led it to Hautau Tube Cutoff Systems Inc.

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PC-based software system creates complex pipe shapes - TheFabricator.com

PC-based software system creates complex pipe shapes

March 27, 2013

Mazak Optonics Corp. has released FX Tube, a PC-based software system for tube and pipe processing, for use on the Mazak Fabri Gear machine. The new system can create complex pipe shapes via imported solid models, 2-D CAD data, or internal drafting features. The input system defines geometric...

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Fiber laser system designed for small-tube processing - TheFabricator.com

Fiber laser system designed for small-tube processing

March 19, 2013

BLM Group has introduced the Lasertube LT5, an entry-level, automated laser tube cutter designed to handle small and medium-sized tubes. Equipped with a 1-kW IPG fiber laser, the unit can process mild steel, as well as highly reflective materials such as aluminum, copper, and brass. The machine...

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Machines handle longitudinal seam welding of circular, rectangular ducts - TheFabricator.com

Machines handle longitudinal seam welding of circular, rectangular ducts

March 7, 2013

Cemsa S.p.A. has designed two new machines for the longitudinal seam welding of circular and rectangular ducts for the HVAC sector. The MRL F 1000 SQ TOL for square tubes allows welding of ducts with minimum dimensions of 1.97 by 3.94 in. The MRL F 1000 LT is designed for small to medium-size...

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Roll-Kraft adds four employees

March 7, 2013

Roll-Kraft, a manufacturer of tooling for the tube and pipe and roll forming industries, has hired four new employees at its Mentor, Ohio, headquarters. The company has added Jacob Bohinc and Tyler Kirby to its shipping/receiving and cleaning/regrinds departments. Billy Breeding has been hired as...

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CSI orders tube welding line from SMS Meer

March 7, 2013

California Steel Industries (CSI), Fontana, Calif., has placed an order with SMS Meer, Germany, for the delivery of a 24-in. HF tube welding line. The line will enable the company to expand its maximum HF tube OD from 16 to 24 in. in lengths up to 80 ft. The line is designed to produce pipes at a...

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Roll bending machine alters for varying applications - TheFabricator.com

Roll bending machine alters for varying applications

March 5, 2013

Cole-Tuve Inc. offers Sahinler Metal Makina four-roll angle and shape bending rolls with capacities up to 4 by 4 by 0.5 in. The roll position geometry allows each machine to be used as a pyramid roll, three-roll initial-pinch or double-pinch roll, four-roll double-pinch roll, or press, depending...

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Narrow induction heating blankets fit in small spaces - TheFabricator.com

Narrow induction heating blankets fit in small spaces

March 5, 2013

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced new, narrow, air-cooled induction heating blankets for weld preheating in pipeline applications with the ProHeat™ 35 induction heating system. The blankets, 4.25 in. wide by 160 or 185 in. long, are designed for 48- and 56-in.-dia. pipes,...

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ELT Tooling, Midwest Bender Services announce merger

March 5, 2013

ELT Tooling Inc., a manufacturer of tube bending and end forming tooling, and Midwest Bender Services Inc., a provider of tube bending and end forming machinery, have merged to form Tube Form Solutions LLC. The merger allows the companies to provide turnkey systems of machinery and tooling. The...

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BLM Group USA appoints southern region sales manager - TheFabricator.com

BLM Group USA appoints southern region sales manager

March 5, 2013

BLM Group USA, Wixom, Mich., a manufacturer of tube processing equipment, has appointed Jason E. Blair as its new southern region sales manager. In this position, Blair is responsible for customer account management and sales of the company's line of tube processing equipment. The southern...

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Electric hairpin bender produces 4,000 hairpins/hr. - TheFabricator.com

Electric hairpin bender produces 4,000 hairpins/hr.

March 4, 2013

The Oak Triumph electric hairpin bender from Burr Oak Tool Inc. features throughput capacities of up to 4,000 hairpins/hr., handling eight parts per cycle. The machine processes tubes up to 0.375 in. dia. The bender features stretch straightening to produce straight tubes, a feed and cut system...

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