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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Roll-Kraft hires two staff members

January 13, 2009

Roll-Kraft has added Norman VanHorn and Bruce Wolfe to the staff at its headquarters facility in Mentor, Ohio. Both men come to the company with background experience as machinists and have held various positions in the manufacturing field.Roll-Kraft produces tooling and equipment used in the...

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TUBOTECH 2009 to be held in Brazil

December 16, 2008

TUBOTECH, 5th International Tube, Fittings and Components trade fair will be staged at the Centro de Exposicoes Imigrantes in So Paulo, Brazil, Oct. 6-8, 2009. The event will be jointly organized by Messe Dsseldorf and Grupo Cipa, with the support of the International Tube Association (ITA).Exhibit...

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Roll-Kraft installs new machines

December 16, 2008

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, has installed three CNC machines. Two of the machines operate at the Mentor plant, and the other machine at the company's facility in Woodbridge, Ont. The machines are designed to help increase efficiency in the manufacture of tooling and equipment for the roll forming and...

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RathGibson launches new international offices

December 16, 2008

RathGibson, Lincolnshire, Ill., a manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing, has launched three new international offices. To provide local real-time support for its channel partners and customers, the company has opened offices in Mumbai,...

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Selecting speed reducers for roll forming lines

November 11, 2008 | By Mitch Machelski

Setting up a roll forming line requires careful consideration of the speed reducers to be installed at each forming station. After determining the horsepower for each station, it is necessary to determine the appropriate durability, thermal horsepower rating, and strength for each speed reducer.

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Rafter Equipment names VP of sales and marketing

November 11, 2008

Rafter Equipment Corp., Strongsville, Ohio, has added Mark Prasek as vice president of sales and marketing. He has spent the last 16 years in the tube and pipe industry, working for both Yoder Mfg. and EFD Induction.The company manufactures tube and pipe mills, roll forming machines, cutoff...

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Selecting speed reducers for roll forming lines

October 14, 2008 | By Mitch Machelski

Setting up a roll forming line requires careful consideration of the speed reducers to be installed at each forming station. After determining the horsepower for each station, it is necessary to determine the appropriate durability, thermal horsepower rating, and strength for each speed reducer.

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Astronaut Brandenstein visits Plymouth Tube's Trent Plant

October 14, 2008

Four-time shuttle astronaut and United Space Alliance COO Dan Brandenstein visited Plymouth Tube Co.'s Trent Plant in East Troy, Wis., in recognition of the AL-6XN® tubing provided for NASA's Constellation program.Brandenstein presented the mill with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of...

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Ohio Gratings expands with new division

September 16, 2008

Ohio Gratings Inc., Canton, Ohio, has announced a new division of its company, called OGi Architectural Metal Solutions. The division has been created to expand into the architectural metals market, providing aluminum, carbon, and stainless steel products for projects requiring architectural...

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Mayville Engineering to purchase assets of Fabricating Specialists

September 16, 2008

Mayville Eng. Co. (MEC), a contract manufacturer in Mayville, Wis., has acquired the assets of Fabricating Specialists LLC, a manufacturer of formed tubular components and assemblies for the agricultural, architectural, construction, industrial, small-engine, recreational, and sports/fitness...

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HFI Tube and pipe mills

Increasing efficiency of HFI tube and pipe mills

September 16, 2008 | By Pierre Huot

Manufacturing welded tube and pipe efficiently requires controlling several variables. The material type, gauge, edge condition, tooling setup, and weld heat are just a few of the factors that quality control managers, mill supervisors, and operators must pay attention to in their efforts to...

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Roll-Kraft receives safety award

July 15, 2008

Roll-Kraft's safety record recently was reviewed by the Lake County Safety Council in Ohio. As a result, the Mentor, Ohio, company received an award for having no lost-time injuries during the rating period.Quarterly meetings and annual training help emphasize safety in Roll-Kraft's operations. The...

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Bosch Rexroth opens new facility

July 15, 2008

Bosch Rexroth Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., recently opened a new facility, Tech Center East, in Rochester Hills, Mich.Tech Center East is involved in developing hydraulic hybrid systems that are being tested to conserve energy and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles. The facility also...

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Al Fajer Information, Messe Dsseldorf announce dates for Tekno/Tube Arabia 2009

June 17, 2008

Tekno/Tube Arabia: 9th International Trade Fair for Industrial Machinery, Metalworking, Machine Tools, Dies/Molds, Tubes, and Pipes is scheduled to run Jan. 11-14, 2009, at the Dubai International Exhibition Center in the United Arab Emirates. The event will be organized jointly by Al Fajer...

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Plymouth Tube names general manager

May 15, 2008

Plymouth Tube Co., Warrenville, Ill., has appointed Gavin Ford as general manager of its hot mill in Winamac, Ind.Ford previously worked for Prestolite Wire Corp.; while there he held the positions of director of manufacturing and sourcing, Asia, and director of manufacturing, Canadian operations....

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