The tube and pipe production technology area encompasses mills and all of the equipment that makes a mill run successfully: tooling, welding units, nondestructive testers, bundlers, scarfing equipment, straighteners, scrap choppers, and washing systems.
January 12, 2010
Rafter Equipment Corp., Strongsville, Ohio, has formed a strategic alliance with Takeco Co. Ltd. of South Korea to sell and service Takeco's strip entry, flying saw cutoff, and tube packaging equipment to the North American market.Under the collaboration, Rafter has exclusive rights to North...
December 15, 2009
American Piping Products has expanded its Houston facility with a new sales and operations headquarters. The company is a supplier of heavy-wall carbon, stainless, and chrome-moly steel pipe, fittings, and valves used in the oil and gas and power generation industries, as well as for manufacturing...
December 2, 2009 | By Mike Rans
Friction saws are the conventional cutoff machines for tube and pipe mills. Drawbacks include hazards (noise and risk of breakage) and burrs they tend to generate. Tungsten-carbide-tipped (TCT) blades, which require more sophisticated sawing machines, run slower and safer, cut cleaner, and are less prone to breakage.
October 20, 2009
New developments in laser-based inspection systems offer tube and pipe mills real-time inspection of laser-welded seams. These systems can help to shorten setup time, improve weld quality, and reduce scrap.
October 13, 2009
Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, has been recertified as ISO 9001:2000 With Design. The company has been certified to the ISO standards since 1997.Roll-Kraft is a worldwide supplier of custom-designed tube mill and roll form tooling made of steel or carbide; mill equipment; hydraulic or pneumatic prenotch...
September 25, 2009
Although six-roll straightening machines were the industry standard for decades, 10-roll machines provide twice as many bending moments and therefore turn out straighter, rounder tube.
September 9, 2009
Tube India International 2010—The All-Indian Exhibition and Conference for the Tube and Pipe Industries—will be held at the Bombay Exhibition Center in Mumbai Feb. 10 – 12, 2010. The 4th staging of the event is being organized jointly by Messe Dsseldorf and its subsidiary Messe...
September 2, 2009
Many mill coolants are available today. Understanding the factors that drive selection and management of these fluids can help to minimize the costs of their use in welded tube production.
September 1, 2009 | By Dr. Yehuda Baskin
Most tube and pipe producers weld the seam as it is—without additives or fillers—and risk the problems associated with oxidation. A specially formulated brazing flux, in liquid or paste form, dissolves and removes oxides, prevents re-oxidation, and helps transfer weld heat to the seam.
August 11, 2009
Woodstock Tube, Woodstock, Ala., recently celebrated five years of operation.The company manufactures pipe, as well as square and rectangular...
August 5, 2009 | By Robert White
High production threading of tube and pipe for use by the petroleum industry is accomplished using either mechanically actuated or digitally controlled, carbide tooled machines. The most effective way to deal with residual stress is to full body anneal each tube prior to machining; however, this may not be economically possible. One alternative is to limit the amount of energy that the tube is subjected to during machining. An examination of the cutting tools that are used to produce threaded product will reveal how the shape of the insert may affect the deformation of the tube.
July 23, 2009
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) and the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl. (TPA) seek applicants for two industry awards.The FABRICATOR's Industry Award 2010, presented by FMA, and TPJ's Industry Award 2010, presented by TPA, are open to individuals or companies in the metal...
July 14, 2009
Michigan Seamless Tube, a producer of carbon and alloy seamless cold-drawn pipe and tube, has added a new UV coating line to its South Lyon, Mich., facility, offering 100 percent solid UV coatings for increased corrosion resistance and enhanced product appearance.The system, installed by Universal...
June 30, 2009
Bystronic (sheet metal processing systems) and the BLM GROUP (tube processing systems) have formed an alliance to work closely together in market development.The alliance between the two groups is effective July 1, 2009. It includes numerous marketing activities to inform (potential) customers...
May 27, 2009
AK Steel has announced that the Walbridge, Ohio plant of AK Tube LLC has been honored with a Special Award for its safety performance from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, division of Safety and Hygiene.The award recognizes the plant for working 803,114 hours without a lost time injury,...