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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Tube verification system introduced

May 13, 2008

Two companies have worked together to introduce a new method for documenting or verifying large and complex tubes, such as those found in the oil and chemical industries, but also in aircraft and heavy vehicles.The method combines the large-volume capability of the Metronor Solo probe system with...

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Scale

Buy it by the pound, sell it by the foot

April 15, 2008 | By Jeff Shelton

If you're a tube or pipe producer, you're probably under constant pressure to cut costs. And you probably know that you can reduce your raw material costs by reducing the coil width, within reason, and the change will have little noticeable impact on the final product's quality. However, this doesn't give you license to make wholesale significant width reductions. In fact, you'd probably be better off developing a comprehensive process optimization program and striving for higher efficiency instead of merely cutting costs.

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Warren Steel Holdings completes vacuum tank degasser

February 12, 2008

Warren Steel Holdings, Warren, Ohio, announced that it completed the hot commissioning of its vacuum tank degasser and related systems.The system is fully operational, and the company has begun shipping degassed material to its customers. The low-pressure environment of the degassing operation...

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Messe Dsseldorf, ZAO Expocentr plan Tube Russia 2008

January 15, 2008

Tube Russia 2008, an international tube and pipe trade fair, is scheduled to run May 27–30 at the ZAO Exhibition Center in Moscow. The event will be organized jointly by Messe Dsseldorf and ZAO Expocentr, with the support of the International Tube Association (ITA). Exhibit categories will...

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FABTECH hosts 31,000 visitors, covers 461,627 sq. ft.

January 15, 2008

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show at McCormick Place in Chicago hosted more exhibiting companies and covered more exhibit space than any previous FABTECH. Filling 461,627 sq. ft. of booth space, the show attracted nearly 31,000 visitors from more than 75 countries, a 27 percent...

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Roll Forming Diagram

Using FEM to compare tube forming processes

January 15, 2008 | By Budi Francisco

Finite element analysis (FEA) software developed specifically for roll forming can help tube producers determine the best forming process for tube (such as single-radius forming, edge forming, or partial-step forming). It also can help tube producers find forming problem areas and eliminate them.

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Working with stainless on a budget

December 11, 2007 | By Eric Lundin

The high cost of stainless steel—especially the spikes caused by nickel surcharges—has caused many tube manufacturers' customers to look for alternative alloys. What can tube producers expect after switching from a 300-series stainless to a less expensive alloy? It depends on the new alloy and the production process.

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Roll-Kraft hosts seminars

November 6, 2007

Roll-Kraft hosted nearly 100 tube and pipe and roll forming manufacturers during its two-day training sessions at the company's headquarters in Mentor, Ohio. The event was conducted by Robert A. Sladky, the company's vice president of tube mill engineering; Chuck Summerhill, vice president of U.S....

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Villacero launches Villacero Commercial Intl., upgrades Tex-Tube plant

October 9, 2007

Villacero, Monterrey, Mexico, has formed a global business venture, Villacero Commercial Intl. (VCI), to focus on North American and international expansion opportunities. The venture represents a major investment by the company in its marketing efforts, Villacero reports.Based in Houston, VCI is...

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FABTECH Intl. & AWS Welding Show returns to Chicago

October 9, 2007

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, the largest North American showcase of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology, will return to McCormick Place in Chicago Nov. 11 to Nov. 14.Cosponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS),...

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Quick-change cutoff system introduced

September 11, 2007

Roll-Kraft has introduced its Ardcor high-speed, quick-change cutoff system.The patent-pending Rapid-Konvert Cut-Off System has touchscreen press, die, and closed-loop servo-driven controls designed to cut lengths accurately throughout the entire speed range. According to the company, the...

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AK Tube receives safety award

September 11, 2007

The Columbus, Ind., plant of AK Tube LLC, an AK Steel subsidiary, has received the Safety Award of Merit from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill. The award recognizes companies that provide a safe work environment for employees.The plant's 2006 illness and...

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Berg plans new facility in Alabama

September 11, 2007

The Berg Steel Pipe Corp., Panama City, Fla., has chosen Mobile, Ala., as the site of the company's planned $75 million pipe manufacturing facility. The plant is expected to create about 100 jobs.Manufacturing large-diameter pipes for the oil and gas industry, the facility will have a pipe...

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Copper tube mill

Reducing conversion cost in a copper tube mill

September 11, 2007 | By David Liddle

Sorting through the myriad quality programs and manufacturing trends—total quality management, Six Sigma, lean manufacturing—can be a daunting challenge. Knowing which strategies to use and how to use them can deliver big results in a copper tube production facility.

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Plymouth Tube acquires Trent Tube

August 14, 2007

Plymouth Tube Co., Warrenville, Ill., has announced that an agreement has been achieved for the acquisition of Trent Tube from Crucible Materials Corp. effective August 11, 2007. The purchase includes the Trentweld Plant, East Troy, Wis., and the Trent Processing Plant, Chicago. Previously,...

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