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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Lincoln Electric joins Pipeline Research Council

April 12, 2005

The Lincoln Electric Co. has been admitted into the Pipeline Research Council Intl. (PRCI) as an associate member.The company joins General Electric as one of only two nonindustry members admitted to...

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Innovative die setup and maintenance methods for tube mill cutoff

April 11, 2005

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Figure 1Tube Mill Cutoff - Left to Right - Single CutA comprehensive tooling plan that includes setting up and maintaining sufficient tools according to the original design manufacturer's (ODM) specifications is critical for efficient high-speed tube mill operation. The tube mill cutoff component...

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Tension control in tube and pipe production

April 11, 2005

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On a tube or pipe mill, the incoming strip is formed by about 24 pairs of tool stands. To help ensure such a line runs smoothly, the strip must be pulled between every pair of stands. The parameter that indicates if or how much the strip is pulled is tension.Traditionally, tension is controlled by...

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Tex-Tube names general manager

March 8, 2005

Tex-Tube Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Villacero, a Mexican steelmaker and rebar producer, has named Isidro Cantu as general manager.Cantu earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and...

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Sharon Tube receives recognition

March 8, 2005

On January 4, 2005, Sharon Tube Co. was selected to participate in the U.S. Army's "Soldier to Supplier" program. The program recognizes key suppliers who support the Army's efforts by providing...

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Measuring wall thickness in seamless tube, cast-iron pipe

March 8, 2005

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Controlling the wall thickness during the manufacture of seamless steel tubes and cast-iron pipe is critical in meeting specifications and minimizing scrap. Ultrasonic measurements typically are performed on tube or pipe at room temperature, many hours after forming is complete. At this...

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IPSCO establishes Frontier Pipe Research Unit

February 17, 2005

IPSCO Inc. today announced an investment of $3.5 million to set up a Frontier Pipe Research Unit specifically dedicated to accelerating development of the company's large diameter capability. The...

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Plymouth Tube to acquire Trent Tube's CWA plant

December 7, 2004

Plymouth Tube Co. has signed a letter of intent to acquire Trent Tube's cold work anneal (CWA) plant located in East Troy, Wis. Syracuse, N.Y.-based Crucible Materials Corp. is Trent Tube's parent...

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Victaulic launches new corporate Web site

October 12, 2004

Victaulic Co., a producer of mechanical pipe joining systems, has launched its newly designed Web site intended to better serve the information needs of its worldwide customers in the building...

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Certifying the quality of your tube and pipe

October 12, 2004

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In a perfect world, quality assurance and certification of materials would not be issues. In the tube and pipe industry, however, flawless raw materials and finished goods are not givens.

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Seam detector designed to handle difficult-position welds

September 14, 2004

Roland Electronic's SND40 weld seam detector is designed to handle difficult positioning tasks in tube bending machines, hydroforming presses, and other tube processing machines.The unit combines...

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Independence Tube announces new manufacturing facility

July 13, 2004

Independence Tube Corp., a structural tube producer, has announced plans for a new $30 million manufacturing facility to be built on the south bank of the Tennessee River in Decatur, Ala.The...

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MIAB welding of thick-walled pipe ends

July 13, 2004

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Various methods are used for welding pipe, including electric shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), submerged arc welding (SAW), and flash end welding.Another efficient process is magnetically impelled arc butt (MIAB) welding. Current technology and equipment allow MIAB welding of pipes with wall...

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Bronx International secures Chinese contract

June 8, 2004

Bronx International Inc., the parent company to Bronx/Taylor-Wilson and Abbey International Ltd., has been awarded a contract to design, manufacture, and install a 630-mm ERW pipe mill and finishing...

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Optimizing your hydraulic cutoff press

June 8, 2004

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It is accepted that, because tube production is a highly competitive industry, many tube producers stay up nights thinking of ways to increase output and improve quality with less labor. Three obvious strategies are to increase mill speed, minimize downtime, and eliminate secondary operations...

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