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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Plasma provides pleasant parting process for pipeline project

March 17, 2016

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Oxyfuel has been the process of choice for cutting and gouging for field repairs for many years, but the crew on the Seaway 2 project found that a prototype model from Hypertherm provided a faster, quieter, more precise process.

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Robot-assisted tube bending system does not require complex programming

March 17, 2016

transfluid® has developed a tube processing system that involves robot handling of the material for bending tubing in lengths up to 177 in. It completes 47 bends in 140 sec. The system was developed for a tube fabricator working with tubing that was already shaped or fitted with flanges. The...

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Two bending processes, two directions, four tooling sets, one machine

March 16, 2016

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As design software becomes more complex, and as engineers strive to differentiate their products from those of their competitors by developing increasingly complex, unique, and aesthetically pleasing products, manufacturers have to keep up. Superior Tube Products Inc., Davenport, Iowa, found that its conventional tube benders weren’t always up to the task, and invested in a twin-head servo-driven machine.

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Swaging a war on piping system leaks

March 16, 2016

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While welding and threading have their place in pipeline systems, mechanical connectors can be a good alternative, especially in applications subject to shock loading, constant vibration, and thermal cycling. Bolt-on flanges are one example; for small diameters, radially swaged connectors can be even better.

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Weld purge plugs made from nylon 6

March 16, 2016

The Pipestoppers® division at Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® manufactures a variety of white Nylon Weld Purge Plugs™ suitable for weld purging of tubes and pipes up to 6 in. dia. The plugs are made from engineering-quality nylon 6 in sizes from 0.5 to 6 in. They are manufactured with a...

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Portable beveling machine bevels heavy-wall pipe to 14 in.

March 14, 2016

The portable PBM-614 beveling machine from Otto Arc Systems is built with a worm gear drive and mandrel with screw adjustments to help alleviate chatter while beveling heavy-wall pipe from 6 to 14 in. before welding. The unit is available with an electric or pneumatic motor for facing and...

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Rex-Cut Finishing a Welded Stainless Steel Tube

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This video explains how to bring a welded stainless steel tube to a polish finish in just three steps. Great for finishing handrails.

Software updated with programming, simulation, and monitoring tools

March 7, 2016

Unison has introduced software to manage the tube bending process from programming to production. The software includes a new version of the Opt2Sim 3-D simulator to help accelerate the development of control programs for all-electric tube bending machines. It employs the same embedded code that...

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Tool School - Rotary Draw Bending Tooling

Learn about bender tooling from the experts. Make sure all of your bend dies, clamp dies, pressure dies, mandrels, wiper dies, inserts and holders are all manufactured to the highest standards to ensure the longest life and highest performance consistency possible.

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STI-SPFA presents Hall of Fame, Member Service Awards

February 24, 2016

STI-SPFA has presented the Hall of Fame Award to Tim Woofter, owner and president of Stanwade Metal Products, Fowler, Ohio, and the Member Service Award to Larry Dildine, president of Phoenix Forging Co. in Catasauqua, Pa. The Hall of Fame Award honors individuals who have made outstanding...

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Hydraulic pipe processing equipment bends pipe to 1.9 in. OD

February 23, 2016

Tracto-Technik has released the new-generation Tubomat, fundamentally revised and modularly designed. The machine offers bending of pipe ODs up to 1.9 in. and optionally integrates sawing, deburring, flaring, and cutting-ring assembly functions. The unit’s control provides program operation...

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Orbital pipe welding systems feature autoprogramming

February 15, 2016

Magnatech’s Pipemaster power source models are used for multipass orbital pipe welding. The 515 model has a 150-amp output, and the 516 model either 200- or 400-amp output. They control weld head mechanical functions for torch rotation, wire feed, torch oscillation, arc voltage control, and...

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BLM Group USA delivers tube/sheet processing machine to Advanta Industries

February 10, 2016

BLM Group USA, Wixom, Mich., has announced the sale of its LC5 laser tube and flat sheet processing machine to Petersburg, Mich.-based Advanta Industries for its Manning, S.C., facility. Advanta Industries designs and manufactures returnable steel racks and offers custom packaging systems using...

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Inflatable dams allow weld purging in tight bends

February 10, 2016

For closure welds, tight bends, T-piece joints, and dome end connections on which a conventional tandem weld purging system cannot be used, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® offers a line of single-ended inflatable weld purge dams. Manufactured for pipe diameters from 6 to 96 in., these...

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Refueling, repairing, refurbishing, redeploying a supercarrier

February 10, 2016

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Every aircraft carrier is built to last, and the nuclear propulsion systems mean they don’t need port calls to fuel up, but even the most well-built and durable carriers need an overhaul after 25 years at sea. Editor Eric Lundin visited the USS Abraham Lincoln, CVN 72, to learn about the refueling and complex overhaul process from contractor Newport News Shipbuilding.

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