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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Seamless stainless tube imports from China continue growth

May 26, 2009

U.S. producers comprising the Stainless Steel Tube Trade Advancement Committee (SSTTAC) have noted that, despite the significant recession in the United States, imports of stainless steel pipe and tube showed substantial growth in early 2009 over 2008.According to David A. Hartquist, the SSTTAC's...

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Haven, SOCO form strategic alliance

May 21, 2009

Haven Mfg. Corp., Brunswick, Ga., a manufacturer of tube processing machines, has formed a strategic alliance with SOCO Machinery Co., Ltd. of Taiwan to sell and service respective lines of tube cutting equipment.Haven will have exclusive U.S. rights to sell SOCO's line of automated tube saws,...

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Prolamsa USA begins producing mechanical tubing in U.S.

May 12, 2009

Prolamsa USA has begun production of mechanical tubing at its first U.S. manufacturing facility, located in Laredo, Texas. The facility produces mechanical tubing from 1/2 to 2-1/2 in. and includes a cut-to-length line. It also stocks mechanical and structural steel (HSS) tubing.A second facility...

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RathGibson opens Buenos Aires office

April 30, 2009

Lincolnshire, Ill.-based RathGibson, a manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing, has opened an office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Led by Cristian Rohde, the Buenos Aires office serves both Central and South America.Rohde, Drector –...

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TMK IPSCO Kentucky plant ratifies new labor agreement

April 23, 2009

TMK IPSCO was notified yesterday by the United Steelworkers and its Local 1870 that union members at the company's Wilder, Ky., plant have ratified the tentative labor agreement reached last week. The new contract replaces one that expired April 15, 2009 and will remain in effect through April 15,...

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Flying tube shear introduced

April 14, 2009

Haven Mfg. has introduced the Haventrak™ Flying Shear for tube cutting. It combines a dual-blade shear cutoff head with a U-Trak length control system from Universal Controls Group to deliver high-quality, dimple-free cuts on the fly at speeds up to 250 FPM, the manufacturer states.The...

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Tube Southeast Asia returns to Bangkok

April 14, 2009

From Oct. 13 to 15, 2009, Tube Southeast Asia - International Tube & Pipe Trade Fair for Southeast Asia - will be held in Bangkok for the second time. The event is organized by Messe Dsseldorf Asia, with the International Tube Association (ITA) as the industry partner.Exhibitors will showcase tube...

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Flexibility with smart flying shear upgrades

April 14, 2009 | By John Pavelec

Production flexibility can enable a tube and pipe producer to expand its offerings and customer base and increase its chances of survival in a down economy. One way to achieve this flexibility is to upgrade the operation's flying shear component.

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TMK IPSCO opens Baytown heat treat facility

April 13, 2009

Construction of a new heat treat facility has been completed at TMK IPSCO's Baytown Works in Baytown, Texas. The facility is designed to heat treat and finish mainly seamless tubing and casing sizes from 2 3/8 in. to 7 5/8 in. in diameter.The project was initiated over 2 years ago and is coming on...

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Hydro to close precision tubing plant in Michigan

March 31, 2009

Norway-based Hydro, a supplier of aluminum and aluminum products, has announced that it is consolidating its aluminum precision tubing operation in North America and closing it plant in Adrian, Mich. The company cited falling demand from automotive customers as a reason for the consolidation.The...

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U.S. Steel names VP – tubular operations

February 24, 2009

United States Steel Corp. announced today that Douglas R. Matthews has been appointed vice president-tubular operations and president of the company's U. S. Steel Tubular Products, Inc. subsidiary effective immediately. Matthews succeeds Joseph Alvarado, whose retirement was previously announced by...

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Roll-Kraft earns ISO recertification

February 10, 2009

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, has participated in a surveillance audit of its ISO quality management system and, for the fourth consecutive year, has fulfilled the requirements and received recertification, with zero minor and zero major nonconformances.The audit included areas such as sales and order...

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Triumph Tube to open new manufacturing facility in South Carolina

February 2, 2009

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Orangeburg County Development Commission, and the Central S.C. Alliance have announced that Triumph Tube Inc., a manufacturer in the drawn tube industry, will open its new manufacturing facility in Orangeburg County. The $3.5 million investment is expected...

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RathGibson announces new CEO

January 14, 2009

Lincolnshire, Ill.-based RathGibson, a global manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing, has appointed Michael Schwartz to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).Schwartz joined RathGibson in April 2008 as the president and chief...

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Tubelite hires product development engineer

January 13, 2009

Tubelite Inc., Walker, Mich., has added John Campbell to its staff as a product development engineer helping expand the company's offering of architectural aluminum products for the commercial glass and glazing industry. He works in close collaboration with manufacturing, sales, marketing, and...

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