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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Spring packs, guides designed for copper bar processing

October 9, 2014

Mate Precision Tooling has introduced spring packs and guides for processing copper bars with Boschert bus bar presses. The tooling for A and B stations comprises custom-length spring packs that work with UltraTEC® guides, punches, strippers, and dies. The tooling for C and D stations...

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Clamp-on weld heads expand orbital GTAW system

October 6, 2014

The Lincoln Electric Co. has introduced HELIX® C series orbital GTAW clamp-on weld heads. They allow operators to weld large-diameter pipes and tubes with no upper limit, as well as smaller-diameter pipes and tubes. They are designed for use with the manufacturer’s APEX® 2100 orbital welding...

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Tube bending CAD/CAM software accommodates laser tube cutting

October 3, 2014

A new version of TubeWorks tube bending CAD/CAM software, which provides tubular metal fabricators with preproduction tools for laser cutting as well as tube bending, is available from Unison. Developed by the software consultancy 3DCompound, the software is an add-in module for the SolidWorks®...

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Pipe sealing plugs offered

September 30, 2014

The Pipestoppers® Division of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques has released a set of literature describing its line of pipe sealing plugs and stoppers. The accessories can be used for low-pressure water or air testing of pipe systems in water, gas, oil, and other fluid industry pipe work, as well as...

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Superior Tube earns AS9100 certification

September 29, 2014

Superior Tube, Collegeville, Pa., has announced its certification to AS9100. The company is a manufacturer of precision tubing for the aerospace industry, including seamless and welded tubes, straight lengths, and coils in stainless steel, nickel, titanium, and...

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Haven Mfg. hires Midwest field service technician

September 26, 2014

Haven Mfg., a provider of tube cutting and processing equipment in Brunswick, Ga., has appointed Scott Jaynes as field service technician, located in the Indianapolis area. He is responsible for new and existing customer accounts in the upper Midwest. Jaynes spent most of his career in the...

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Muns Group marks 25 years in business

September 22, 2014

Muns Group Inc., a piping and mechanical construction company in Beech Island, S.C., celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014. Founded in 1989 the company now has a 14,000-sq.-ft. fabrication shop and a 3,800-sq.-ft. administration building that house what has grown into three separate...

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George A. Mitchell Co. appoints director of sales and engineering

September 19, 2014

George A. Mitchell Co., Youngstown, Ohio, a producer of push pointing equipment and cold forming equipment for the tube industry, has appointed Craig H. Kyle to the newly created position of director of sales and engineering. Kyle has more than 12 years of experience in the pipe and tube...

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Tube bending lubricant sticks to tubing for improved housekeeping

September 16, 2014

Metalloid Corp. has introduced Metdraw 6640 for the bending of ferrous and nonferrous tubing up to 5 in. dia. and 0.109 in. wall thickness. The lubricant is suitable for use on aluminum, aluminized steels, high-carbon steels, stainless steels, and copper alloy tubing. The lubricant is oil-free...

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Aerospace parts manufacturer upgrades bending capability

September 8, 2014


Bending tubular parts for the aerospace industry isn’t easy. OEMs continue to push the envelope, designing increasingly complex parts made from pricey materials. Fabricators are under continuous pressure to improve their capabilities, turn orders around faster, and minimize scrap. To that end, SL Engineering recently invested in a second all-electric bender from Unison.

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Custom bicycle manufacturer fabricates titanium, ferrous materials, aluminum to thrive in competitive market

September 4, 2014


Firefly Bicycles, a 2011 start-up in the custom bicycle business, is thriving despite the sluggish economy and a competitive marketplace. The company’s three founders are using their previous work experience in bicycle fabrication and their enthusiasm for cycling to stay ahead of the competition.

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Cutting machine handles pipes, tubes, and flat plate

August 27, 2014

HGG’S new Multi-Profile Cutting (MPC) machine is designed for manufacturers with production volumes that cannot justify dedicated machines for profiling pipe alone. It can be configured to cut a variety of profile shapes, including pipes, box sections, angle bars, and flat sheet metal strips....

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Consumables Corner: Lowering weld hardness in SAW

August 26, 2014


Q: We manufacturer dual submerged arc welded (DSAW) pipe for API use. Some jobs require that the weld hardness be below 250 Vickers. We are having trouble meeting that requirement. What can we do? A: Weld hardness restrictions generally are found in pipelines designated for sour service and are...

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Incremental tube forming process shapes high-strength pipe materials

August 25, 2014

Dortmund Technical University and transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH have cooperated to develop incremental tube forming, a step-by-step shaping of a tube end or tube that allows processing of high-strength and ultrahigh-strength materials. Straight tubes can be formed into increasingly complex shapes,...

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Machine automatically deburrs miter-cut and bent tubes

August 18, 2014

Kent Corp. has developed a new Burrmaster deburring machine to deburr the ends of miter-cut and bent tubes. It allows the machine operator to control the machine completely from the push-button station. The process begins when tube is loaded into the custom clamp fixture by the machine...

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