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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Sound waves determine weld soundness

January 19, 2016


Traditional ultrasonic systems use piezoelectric transducers to generate sounds waves and a couplant—a liquid—to provide a pathway for the sound waves to pass from the transducer to the material under test. An electromagnetic acoustic transducer is an alternative technology, one that uses two electromagnets to generate the sound wave in the part to be inspected. This eliminates the couplant, which can interfere with the test process.

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FD Machinery to supply tube mills, flying saw to APL Apollo

January 6, 2016

China-based FD Machinery has announced it will supply two CNC-CFS (direct forming square) ERW tube mills and a double-car flying saw to APL Apollo, located in Delhi, India. The automated tube mills allow the operator to change tube size in 5 min. by entering four parameters on a touchscreen....

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Xiris partners with Plasmo Industrietechnik

December 22, 2015

Xiris Automation Inc., Burlington, Ont., has named Plasmo Industrietechnik GmbH, Vienna, Austria, as the exclusive distributor of Xiris products for the tube and pipe industry for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Plasmo is a supplier of automated optical quality and process control systems...

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OCT Pipe to build manufacturing facility in Nebraska

December 14, 2015

OCT Pipe has announced plans to build a 1 million-sq.-ft. seamless steel pipe manufacturing facility in Norfolk, Neb. The $111 million project is expected to create 180 jobs. Completion is anticipated in July...

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Roll-Kraft appoints new president

December 3, 2015

Roll-Kraft, a tooling supplier to the tube and pipe and roll forming industry, has named Sanjay Singh as president. He joined the company in 2013 as executive vice president. Former President Chuck Gehrisch, who has led the company for decades, will continue in his role as chairman and CEO....

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Unison installs electric bender for forming carbon steel pipes up to 10 in. dia.

December 2, 2015

Unison Ltd. has installed what it says is the world’s largest and most powerful all-electric pipe bending machine at Westcon Yard AS, a Norway-based offshore and maritime services company. Capable of generating 660,000 Nm of continuous, servo-controlled torque, the custom-designed machine will be...

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U. S. Steel Tubular Products announces recipient of Chief Roughneck Award

November 12, 2015

U. S. Steel Tubular Products Inc., Houston, a subsidiary of United States Steel Corp., has announced that Lee K. Boothby, chairman, president, and CEO of Newfield Exploration Co., The Woodlands, Texas, is the recipient of the Chief Roughneck Award for 2015. The award honors the lifetime...

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Plymouth Tube Co. Streator mill achieves 1,000 accident-free days

November 9, 2015

On Friday, Oct. 23, employees from Plymouth Tube Co.’s Streator mill reached 1,000 days of being accident- and injury-free. Earlier this year the Streator mill was awarded one of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.'s FMA/CNA Safety Awards, which honors companies that had perfect...

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Rafter completes tube mill for North American tube producer

November 4, 2015

Strongsville, Ohio-based Rafter Equipment Corp. has completed a new RT-2000S HFI tube mill for shipment to a North American aluminized carbon/stainless steel tube producer. The mill is designed to produce tubing from 0.500 in. OD by 0.038 in. wall minimum to 2.000 in. OD by 0.120 in. wall maximum....

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Oil country tubular goods hit a rough patch

October 28, 2015


An industry observer says the OCTG industry is in “turm-oil,” which is hard to dispute. Falling prices, a global economic slowdown, and an excess of supply is going to keep the industry down for the near term.

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Software applies CMM measurement capabilities to tube production, inspection

October 27, 2015

Hexagon Metrology has announced the release of its TubeShaper software for the portable Romer Absolute Arm CMM tube inspection system. The new software is designed to apply the CMM’s measurement capabilities to tube production, tube and pipe inspection, reverse engineering of tubes and tube...

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Chicago Roll Co. names VP of engineering

October 13, 2015

Chicago Roll Co., Lombard, Ill., has promoted Mike Quintao to vice president of engineering. He has been with the company for 15 years. Chicago Roll Co. designs, manufactures, and refurbishes tooling to support the tube, pipe, and roll forming...

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Cage forming square tube mills use one set of adjustable tooling for all tube sizes

October 8, 2015

FD Machinery offers ERW automated heavy-wall cage forming square tube mills. One set of adjustable tooling produces every size in the mill’s range. The fully automated controls and servo-driven adjusters enable size changes within 10...

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FD Machinery to open facility in Ohio

September 21, 2015

FD Machinery, Dalian, China, a manufacturer of tube and pipe mills, automated coil loaders, strip accumulators, high-speed cutoff equipment, and automated bundling equipment, has announced plans to open a facility in Cleveland to sell equipment and roll tooling in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico....

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Superior Tube provides heat exchanger tubing to Tema India

September 17, 2015

Collegeville, Pa.-based Superior Tube, a manufacturer of precision metal tubing for safety-critical applications, has been awarded a contract from Tema India Ltd. to supply heat exchanger tubing for a new floating production storage and offloading vessel. The vessel is among several commissioned...

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