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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Software theater demonstrates pipe cut programming

January 10, 2006

Mazak Optonics, Schaumburg, Ill., hosted a real-time software theater at FABTECH Intl./AWS that demonstrated the use of FG CAD/CAM software for programming of pipe parts. Spectators interacted with...

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Alpine Pipe installs welding machine

January 10, 2006

Thermatool Corp., East Haven, Conn., has announced the start-up of a CFI 1200 solid-state induction welding machine at Alpine Pipe Mfg. Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia.It is installed on a new pipe mill supplied...

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Ryerson Inc. confirms new name, ticker symbol

January 10, 2006

Ryerson Inc. has confirmed that its previously announced corporate name now is in effect as is the concurrent adoption of the ticker symbol "RYI" for its common stock listed on the New York Stock...

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Happy New Year!

January 10, 2006

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How can we make 2006 better than 2005? One way is to adopt a few work-related new year's resolutions. The author lists five factors that hold the industry back--factors that everyone should resolve to overcome for a successful year.

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Cutoff die setup for dimple-free rounds

December 13, 2005

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With the right equipment and proper setup, tube mills can produce dimple-free round tubing efficiently. A multistep process using a two shear blade makes a dimple-free cut, and an inline brush end finisher can be used to remove the ever-present clearance burrs, if needed

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Relief ahead in 2006?

December 13, 2005

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An overview of the pressures faced by the tube and pipe producing industry in 2005 and the author's views on how 2006 will be similar, but with a greater emphasis on energy costs, conservation, and availability. Ends with a few reminders about tube mill maintenance and efficiency.

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Mueller Industries to produce copper tube in China

December 12, 2005

Mueller Industries Inc. announced today that it has acquired a 50.5 percent joint venture interest in China to manufacture copper tube, primarily to serve the Chinese domestic OEM air conditioning...

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TIMET announces joint venture in China

November 23, 2005

Titanium Metals Corp. (TIMET) has announced the formation of XI'AN BAOTIMET VALINOX TUBES CO. LTD., an equity joint venture company formed to produce welded titanium tubing in the Peoples Republic...

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Ryerson Tull appoints director

November 23, 2005

The Board of Directors of Ryerson Tull Inc. has appointed Dennis J. Keller to the company's board of directors.Keller is chairman of the board of DeVry Inc. and DeVry University Inc. DeVry Inc. is...

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United Tube Corp. appoints vice president

November 8, 2005

United Tube Corp., Medina, Ohio, has named J.M. Bretz as vice president.In his new position, Bretz is responsible for the sales and marketing throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has been with the...

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Orbital stretch wrap machine secures loads on forks, forklift

October 11, 2005

Yellow Jacket LLP has improved its 87-in. 110® orbital wrap machine for securing any standard, oversized, or odd-shaped palletized loads on the forks or forklift.Loads are wrapped and secured as a...

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Scale weighs, transports rod, tube, bar stock

October 11, 2005

Alliance Scale Inc. offers a rod weighing scale designed to weigh rod, tube, and bar stock and transport it on heavy-duty, smooth rolling casters to a storage bin or to feed machinery.The portable...

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IPSCO announces expansion of pipe mill operations

October 11, 2005

IPSCO, Lisle, Ill., has announced an expansion to the current oil country tubular goods heat treat capacity at its Calgary, Alberta,plant. In addition, the company has announced the increase of its...

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Plymouth Tube Co. delivers to U.S. Dept. of Energy

October 11, 2005

Plymouth delivers heat exchangers to U.S. Department of EnergyPlymouth Tube Co., Warrenville, Ill., is preparing to ship the final orders of the SEA-CURE® heat exchanger tubing to the Department...

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Scarfing tube and pipe—cut to the quick

October 11, 2005

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Weld bead scarfing (cutting, removing, and disposing) exposes mill operators to numerous hazards, including cuts and burns from the scarf. Part I of this article discusses the reasons scarf is removed from tube and the mill parameters that affect the scarf removal process. Part II discusses a variety of manual and automated removal and disposal methods. Part III discusses strategies for improving ID weld bead removal and disposal.

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