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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New management team joins R&B Machining

June 6, 2013

R&B Machining Inc., a manufacturer of tube bending and end forming tooling, end forming machines, and automated systems in Wilmington, Ohio, has announced the recent addition of a new management team to lead a restructuring of its business. The company has appointed Joe Eramo as CEO, Mike...

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Unison receives order for largest all-electric pipe bender

June 4, 2013

Unison, Madera, Calif., has received an order from Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a supplier of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of two shipbuilders of nuclear-powered submarines for the U.S. Navy, for an all-electric CNC machine capable of bending large-bore tubing and piping up to 8...

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Nets to catch and protect -

Nets to catch and protect

June 3, 2013


When Industrial Laser Systems was asked to fabricate a tubular frame for a military vehicle, it rose to the challenge to cut, makes some holes, bend, and swage the tube ends. The result is a tubular frame that is affixed to the outside of patrol vehicles; combined with Kevlar® netting, the system prevents explosive projectiles from hitting the vehicle, with great success.

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High-strength, wear-resistant special steels available in tubes, hollow sections

May 29, 2013

Ruukki has developed special steels for applications in which tubes or hollow sections are required. Raex 400 wear-resistant steel's martensitic, homogenous microstructure throughout the tube wall helps to provide long life for wearing parts. The cold-formed steel tube is nearly three times harder...

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Chicago Tube & Iron division GM named to college advisory council

May 28, 2013

Chicago Tube & Iron Co., Romeoville, Ill., has announced that Steve West, general manager of its General Line Fabrication Division, has been invited to join the Mechanical Production Technology Advisory Council of Joliet Junior College. The purpose of the council is to provide guidance to the...

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Tube fin removal tool peels rapidly for tube inspection -

Tube fin removal tool peels rapidly for tube inspection

May 23, 2013

The Fin MILLHOG® tube fin removal tool from Esco Tool is designed to peel back 4 in. of fin in less than 2 min. to permit rapid inspection and X-ray of the weld for quality control. Suitable for tube repair and replacement, this portable tool mounts rigidly in the tube ID, has no reaction...

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API product-maker installs Thermatool machines -

API product-maker installs Thermatool machines

May 22, 2013

Thermatool Corp., East Haven, Conn., has announced that a North American producer of API products has completed the installation of a 1,200-kW HAZControl™ technology, dual solid-state HF welding machine and three Thermatool® seam annealers. The welding machine can operate in induction...

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Morphy founds Excella Technologies

May 22, 2013

Tube hydroforming industry veteran Gary Morphy has founded Excella Technologies, Cambridge, Ont., a company he started to provide part and tool design, prototype, and production services for hydroformed and other tubular parts. Drawing on his 27 years of experience in the automotive industry,...

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Synalloy's Bristol Metals subsidiary files antidumping petitions

May 22, 2013

Synalloy Corp., Spartanburg, S.C., a holding company owning subsidiaries that engage in a number of diverse business activities including the production of stainless steel pipe and fabrication of stainless and carbon steel piping systems, has announced that its Bristol Metals LLC subsidiary, joined...

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Pipe notcher suitable for double-corner joints -

Pipe notcher suitable for double-corner joints

May 14, 2013

Scotchman Industries has introduced the Almi AL100U-02 pipe notcher/grinder. Made for high-production notching of gas pipes, steam pipes, and stainless steel pipes, it produces accurate copes quickly and is suitable for double-corner joints. The machine operates at high speeds to prevent...

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Valves, fittings offer control in demanding environments -

Valves, fittings offer control in demanding environments

May 14, 2013

To service surface and subsea installation, process instrumentation and controls, chemical injection, and testing equipment applications, Swagelok Co. has expanded its medium- and high-pressure product line with the addition of IPT series products. The series includes precision valves,...

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Pipe alignment clamps cover pipe from 0.75 to 12 in. dia. -

Pipe alignment clamps cover pipe from 0.75 to 12 in. dia.

May 13, 2013

Intercon offers INT pipe alignment clamps. One clamp can be used to align a range of pipe sizes. With the three clamps — INT 1-3, INT 2-6, and INT 6-12 — a welder can cover pipe from 0.75 to 12 in. dia. Featuring a heavy-duty forged-steel design, they are electroplated for rust and...

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Jacketed tube connector protects tubing -

Jacketed tube connector protects tubing

May 8, 2013

The new Swagelok® jacketed tube connector is engineered to connect jacketed tubing systems while protecting tubing from external degradation in corrosive environments. Designed to safeguard against environmental ingress in the chemical, petrochemical, oil, gas, and pulp industries, the...

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Circular cold saw features fully integrated automatic feed -

Circular cold saw features fully integrated automatic feed

May 2, 2013

Behringer has introduced the new VMS 370A circular cold saw for straight and miter cutting of ferrous and nonferrous metals. It is integrated with an automatic feeding unit. Programming the length of cut and number of pieces is enabled by the control unit keypad and LCD. The saw's 14.5-in.-dia....

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Phillips & Johnston celebrates 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary -

Phillips & Johnston celebrates 50th anniversary

May 1, 2013

Phillips & Johnston Inc. marks 50 years in business this year. The manufacturer of specialty tubular products, located in Glen Ellyn, Ill., is a subsidiary of Webco Industries Inc. The company has grown from a two-person manufacturing sales organization to an 84-employee precision...

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