Tube and Pipe Production

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.

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Looking to improve weld seams?

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.

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Woodstock Tube celebrates five years

August 11, 2009

Woodstock Tube, Woodstock, Ala., recently celebrated five years of operation.The company manufactures pipe, as well as square and rectangular...

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Troubleshooting OCTG threading: Part I

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.

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FMA and TPA seek applicants for industry awards

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...

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Michigan Seamless Tube adds UV coating line

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...

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Bystronic Group, BLM Group form marketing alliance

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...

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AK Tube's Walbridge Plant receives safety award

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,...

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Seamless stainless tube imports from China continue growth

May 26, 2009

U.S. producers comprising the Stainless Steel Tube Trade Advancement Committee (SSTTAC) have noted that, despite the significant recession in the United States, imports of stainless steel pipe and tube showed substantial growth in early 2009 over 2008.According to David A. Hartquist, the SSTTAC's...

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Haven, SOCO form strategic alliance

May 21, 2009

Haven Mfg. Corp., Brunswick, Ga., a manufacturer of tube processing machines, has formed a strategic alliance with SOCO Machinery Co., Ltd. of Taiwan to sell and service respective lines of tube cutting equipment.Haven will have exclusive U.S. rights to sell SOCO's line of automated tube saws,...

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Prolamsa USA begins producing mechanical tubing in U.S.

May 12, 2009

Prolamsa USA has begun production of mechanical tubing at its first U.S. manufacturing facility, located in Laredo, Texas. The facility produces mechanical tubing from 1/2 to 2-1/2 in. and includes a cut-to-length line. It also stocks mechanical and structural steel (HSS) tubing.A second facility...

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RathGibson opens Buenos Aires office

April 30, 2009

Lincolnshire, Ill.-based RathGibson, a manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing, has opened an office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Led by Cristian Rohde, the Buenos Aires office serves both Central and South America.Rohde, Drector –...

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TMK IPSCO Kentucky plant ratifies new labor agreement

April 23, 2009

TMK IPSCO was notified yesterday by the United Steelworkers and its Local 1870 that union members at the company's Wilder, Ky., plant have ratified the tentative labor agreement reached last week. The new contract replaces one that expired April 15, 2009 and will remain in effect through April 15,...

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Flying tube shear introduced

April 14, 2009

Haven Mfg. has introduced the Haventrak™ Flying Shear for tube cutting. It combines a dual-blade shear cutoff head with a U-Trak length control system from Universal Controls Group to deliver high-quality, dimple-free cuts on the fly at speeds up to 250 FPM, the manufacturer states.The...

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Tube Southeast Asia returns to Bangkok

April 14, 2009

From Oct. 13 to 15, 2009, Tube Southeast Asia - International Tube & Pipe Trade Fair for Southeast Asia - will be held in Bangkok for the second time. The event is organized by Messe Dsseldorf Asia, with the International Tube Association (ITA) as the industry partner.Exhibitors will showcase tube...

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Flexibility with smart flying shear upgrades

April 14, 2009 | By John Pavelec

Production flexibility can enable a tube and pipe producer to expand its offerings and customer base and increase its chances of survival in a down economy. One way to achieve this flexibility is to upgrade the operation's flying shear component.

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