Tube and Pipe Fabrication Products

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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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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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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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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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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Collaring machine designed for stainless steel pipe

January 21, 2016

T-Drill offers the T-65 SS heavy-duty collaring machine for stainless steel pipe. According to the manufacturer, the machine produces comparable quality to a commercial T fitting, eliminating two welded joints and fitting cost. No pipe cutting or T fitting is involved, and the T ratio variation...

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Rotary tools deburr, form, and chamfer tube ends

January 18, 2016

Severance Tool has developed a line of tube end finishing rotary tools for deburring, forming, and chamfering. They are designed to finish both the ID and OD of tubing ends in a single operation. Many feature adjustable, two-piece construction to accommodate work on same-size tubing with varying...

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Electric tube bender has 6.5-in., three-stack capability

January 18, 2016

Lang Tube Tec GmbH has introduced the 160CNC-EMR automatic tube bending machine. The multiradius bending machine, which handles a maximum tube OD of 6.5 in., can bend three stacks with 1xD bending capability in stainless steel. The bender has 13 CNC axes, including interpolation for cycle time...

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Automatic tube bending system offers flexible production

January 18, 2016

The DB 622-CNC t-bend mandrel bending machine from transfluid® is a fully automatic system for tube processing. The unit, which has no corners or edges, is completely encased in a round design. The compact design and integrated safety housing around the machine allow operation with a separate...

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Inflatable stoppers come in many shapes, sizes, materials

January 7, 2016

The Pipestoppers® Division of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® offers the Inflatable Pipestopper® in standard and nonstandard models for reducing volume or blocking pipes, tanks, and other circular orifices for purging, routine maintenance, or to prevent the entry of foreign bodies....

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Band saw cuts metal tube in upward direction

January 6, 2016

Kasto Inc. has introduced the KASTOwin tube A 5.0, a fully automatic band saw designed for cutting tubular material. The blade cuts from the bottom of the tube in an upward direction as opposed to cutting from the top of the workpiece downward. The upward travel of the blade helps reduce blade wear...

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Electric tube end forming systems offered

December 29, 2015

Manchester Tool & Die Inc. has introduced two electric tube end forming systems for tubes up to 1 ½ in. dia. The M71-E-6 has a servo-driven, six-position rotary shuttle, and the M71-E-3 has a pneumatically driven, three-position shuttle; both are programmable through the machines’ HMI. A...

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Tube bending tool features integrated cutting device

December 28, 2015

Schwarze-Robitec has developed a bending tool with an integrated cutting device. This allows the user to bend and cut pipe components of commercially available lengths in a single process step. According to the company, this reduces material waste up to 90 percent and decreases production times....

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Tube cutting system employs direct-diode laser

December 17, 2015

Mazak Optonics Corp. has developed the Versatile Compact Laser (VCL) Tube-100 laser cutting system, designed for low-volume tube and bar components up to 4 in. dia. (3 in. square) and lengths up to 25 ft. The machine uses a direct-diode laser. It includes a fiber delivery system, and the...

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