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Axial tube end forming machine features automatic tool detection

January 16, 2017

The new REB 645 axial tube end forming machine from transfluid features automatic tool detection, allowing fast tool changes for complex geometries and extreme degrees of forming. A bar code system reads the operation data of a tube with an individual bar code. All tools of the machine, which is...

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Rafter receives order for quick-change tube mill

December 19, 2016

Rafter Equipment Corp., Strongsville, Ohio, has received an order for a new RT-2000S HFI tube mill that will incorporate the company's patented Mill-Flip® quick-change technology. The mill will be built for a North American tube producer that requires multiple changeovers per week for JIT...

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Synalloy to acquire Marcegaglia’s stainless pipe and tube operations

December 13, 2016

Synalloy Corp., a Richmond, Va.-based company that produces stainless steel pipe, fiberglass and steel storage tanks, and specialty chemicals and distributes seamless carbon pipe and tubing, has announced that, through its subsidiary Bristol Metals LLC, it has signed a definitive agreement to...

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Zekelman Industries to acquire Western Tube & Conduit

December 7, 2016

Chicago-based Zekelman Industries has entered into a definitive agreement for Wheatland Tube to purchase Western Tube & Conduit Corp., Long Beach, Calif., from Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. and other minority shareholders. Western Tube & Conduit is a producer of black and galvanized steel...

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Industrial Tube & Steel to open Tennessee facility

December 5, 2016

Industrial Tube & Steel Corp., a metal and steel tubing supplier, will open a 40,000-sq.-ft. facility in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., in January 2017. The company will add two new band saws to the plant, each able to cut material up to 22 in. dia. ITS serves machine shops, fabricators, and OEMs, supplying...

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Tube mill uses direct forming to produce square, rectangular tubes

November 21, 2016

Fives has introduced the OTO HSU (hollow shape universal) tube mill, designed to produce square and rectangular tubes for the construction industry. The mill produces HSU tubes through direct forming, skipping the traditional step of constructing round tubes and then squaring them.The line...

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Grain size control for successfully fabricating stainless and INCONEL alloy tubing

November 21, 2016 | By Chiranjib K. Mukherjee

Tube producers and fabricators make and use tubing that conforms to a particular manufacturing standard, but few standards specify grain size. Knowing the role that grain size plays is a crucial first step in understanding how a fabrication process succeeds or fails.

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Superior Tube and Fine Tubes appoint three sales managers

October 28, 2016

U.S.-based Superior Tube and U.K.-based Fine Tubes, manufacturers of precision tubing for critical applications, have announced three additions to their sales management team. Mark A. Boyle has been appointed to the position of global aerospace market manager, based at Superior Tube's head office...

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Steel Tube appoints quality assurance and safety manager

October 27, 2016

Statesville, N.C.-based Steel Tube Inc. has appointed Steve Davis to head its quality and safety department. Davis has 33 years of experience in manufacturing, working for both small companies and large corporations. He also is an entrepreneur, having owned and operated two small businesses. "My...

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Eliminating solvents, reducing VOCs

October 26, 2016 | By Martin Tellez

Environmental concerns and the associated legislation have put quite a bit of focus on volatile organic compounds and solvent-based coatings. Water-based coatings are making substantial headway in providing viable alternatives that perform well.

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Modeling tube forming for OCTG with FEA

October 26, 2016 | By Z. Kent Li

The staff at TMK-IPSCO instituted a study of OCTG products using finite element analysis. The purpose was to study and analyze forming behavior as the material progressed through the mill, with an additional benefit of evaluating the load at each mill stand to improve the mill performance and tube quality.

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Load, lock, and let her rip!

October 25, 2016 | By Rick Jackson

Laser cutting machines brought a big leap in productivity to the metalworking market when they were introduced, providing holemaking, cutting, coping, and other capabilities on a single machine. However, this isn’t the only factor in a laser machine’s productivity. The time it takes to load and unload material has a big effect on cycle times and warrants close attention to maximize the machine’s output.

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Tube producer eliminates weld problems one flaw at a time

October 24, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Tube production is always a matter of juggling a great number of balls at once and dealing with relentless competitive pressure. For companies that provide tube for automotive applications, the risk of a recall is an additional burden. Longtime auto industry supplier Middletown Tube Works found a diagnostic tool that assists its eddy current system in evaluating the tube production process.

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Wheatland Tube disappointed that CBP is not investigating duty evasion on steel pipe from China

October 20, 2016

Chicago-based steel tube producer Wheatland Tube, a division of Zekelman Industries, filed an allegation of duty evasion with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in September, providing public import data demonstrating that the 56,774 metric tons of welded pipe imported by Company "X" from...

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Bright annealing induction furnace surface-treats stainless tube to 0.625 in. OD

October 17, 2016

Ajax Tocco Magnethermic recently shipped a bright annealing induction furnace to a stainless steel tube manufacturer. The system progressively heats the stainless steel tube to high temperatures in an atmosphere of inert gases and then anneals the tube in a cooling chamber to reduce steel hardness...

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