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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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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Lincoln Electric offers pipeline process solutions seminar

May 4, 2004

The Lincoln Electric Co. is holding a Pipeline Process Solutions seminar July 13-15 at its headquarters in Cleveland. The no-cost seminar, which will cover pipeline welding technologies and...

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Fine Tubes appoints oil, gas marketing manager

May 4, 2004

Fine Tubes, a U.K.-based manufacturer of seamless, welded and drawn stainless steel, and nickel- and titanium-alloy tubes, has appointed Dr. Steve McCoy as oil and gas marketing manager.McCoy has a...

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Troubleshooting OCTG threading: Part II

May 4, 2004

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Read Part I Editor's Note: This article, Part II of a two-part series on tube and pipe threading, explores troubleshooting related to threading cutting, insert shape, chip breaker geometry, coatings, and coolants. An examination of the cutting tools used on the finishing floor to...

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Keeping stainless steels stainless

May 4, 2004

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Stainless steels are inherently resistant to surface attack in mildly corrosive environments. However, when corrosion does occur, it can result in the formation of pits on the surface or within crevices of the part. Why does this situation develop, and what can be done to prevent catastrophic failure?

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Managing environmental risk in tube, pipe production

January 29, 2004

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 Editor's Note: This article is adapted from a presentation made at the TPJ Symposium, March 16-18, 2003, Scottsdale, Ariz.The U.S. Congress and the states have created a complex scheme of environmental rules and regulations with which tube and pipe producers must comply. Failure to do so...

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Pulling taffy and producing tube

December 11, 2003

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Do you remember going to the county fair and watching candy makers make taffy? As a child I often would watch the whirling motion of the taffy pull machine as it whipped and pulled and whipped and pulled again and again until the candy was the right consistency, texture, and color. As long as the...

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Plotting for success

October 23, 2003

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The butler slipped through the pantry area with the warm milk and, after adding some arsenic, served the beverage to his master. The butler had been gradually increasing the amount of arsenic over many months, so the change in the milk's taste wasn't noticeable. Soon the mistress and her nefarious servant would be rid of the one thing stopping their affair.

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Measuring tube as it grows and shrinks

August 28, 2003

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We always have some confusion at our house concerning desserts. My wife claims that I like only two kinds of pie: hot and cold. Well, she is mostly right. My favorite is cherry, and I love it served either hot or cold. Here's our family recipe—you be the judge. Grandma's Cherry Pie Ingredients:...

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Minimizing wall thickness variation in seamless tubing

August 28, 2003

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All mechanical steel tubing has some amount of wall thickness variation. Wall variation in welded tubing results from the strip manufacturing and tube welding processes. Seamless tube, which is created from a hot billet of solid steel, has wall variation that results from tooling wear, bearing and shaft variation, and normal hot-process variation. The wall thickness in seamless tubing varies in the cross section and along the tube's length.

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