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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RathGibson acquires Greenville Tube Co.

October 10, 2006

RathGibson, Janesville, Wis., has acquired Greenville Tube Co., Greenville, Pa., a supplier of specialty stainless steel and nickel-alloy tubing to the oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, transportation, agriculture, medical, and food and beverage industries.Greenville Tube was founded in 1950...

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Aluminum pipe pioneer streamlines tube mill welding

October 10, 2006 | By Eric Lundin

When Hastings Irrigation Pipe Co., a manufacturer of aluminum pipe, needed to replace its decades-old welding power supplies, it looked for units that could weld a variety of thicknesses at fast welding speeds. What it found were power supplies that allowed the company to run its mills faster and save money in several ways.

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Flushing out four-letter words: rust, dirt, and wear (Part III)

September 15, 2006 | By Mike Pelham

Dirt, rust, and wear, cost tube producers and fabricators millions of dollars annually, and they can be the bane of tube processes. Analyzing the criteria for selecting the lubricants can help you select the best lubricant extend tool life and improve bends.

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PTCAlliance emerges from Chapter 11

September 12, 2006

PTCAlliance Corp., Wexford, Pa., has completed the necessary steps to implement its prepackaged plan of reorganization and has successfully emerged from Chapter 11.Under the plan, the company's senior lenders have exchanged their prepetition debt for all of the equity in the reorganized company. In...

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Tube, pipe trade fair sees increased attendance

September 12, 2006

Tube 2006, International Tube and Pipe Trade Fair, held in Dsseldorf, Germany, attracted 28,600 attendees, an increase of 7.5 percent compared with the previous event held in 2004.The visitors came from 76 countries, with 50 percent arriving from countries other than Germany. The majority of...

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Modern flying shear tube cutoff systems - Part II

August 8, 2006 | By John Pavelec

This article, Part II of a two-part series, discusses the different types of die set accelerators found in flying shear tube cutoff systems. It presents an overview of earlier accelerator technologies still in use today—cam link, assisted lift target, and air/oil units. It also discusses three common closed-loop die set accelerators that represent newer technology—hydraulic servo valve, servomotor belt, and servomotor rack and pinion.

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Roll-Kraft completes seminars

August 8, 2006

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, recently completed a series of seminars for manufacturers of tube and pipe and roll forming equipment.In addition to regional seminars held in Los Angeles, the company offers the option to hold seminars in a company's facilities for its own employees. This instruction is...

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Universal Tube & Rollform completes roll form line

August 8, 2006

Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corp., Perrysburg, Ohio, in cooperation with Universal Controls Group, has completed a roll form line for the Batesville Casket Co.The line comprises a Tishken 25-ton prepunch with feeder, a Tishken MW2 roll former, and a Tishken cutoff with a U-Trak length...

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Addison Machine adds to engineering department

August 8, 2006

Addison Machine Engineering, Reedsburg, Wis., has added Courtney Fassel and Tom Onate to its engineering department.The addition of Fassel increases the department's drafting capacity, while Onate brings many years of experience in roll tooling...

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Opening the gate to efficiency

August 8, 2006 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Since 1945 family-owned and -operated Tarter Gate has grown in staff and sales as it has changed the design of its products. To keep up with sales, continue growing the company, and absorb as many rising costs as possible — particularly in steel and fuel prices — the company uses custom machines and new technologies to its advantage.

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Modern flying shear tube cutoff systems

August 8, 2006 | By John Pavelec

Modern flying shear tube cutoff systems comprise state-of-the-art mainframes, tools, and controllers. This article, Part I of a three-part series, discusses the different types of mainframes, their capabilities, and construction. It describes and includes images of the construction process from start to finish.

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How do you measure success?

July 11, 2006 | By W.B. "Bud" Graham

Contrary to common opinion, a high production rate is not the key to success in making tube. Attempting to low-ball the price — while cutting corners in maintenance and upgrades -- is a poor strategy in this industry. Columnist Bud Graham provides four production scenarios that compare various rates of capacity utilization and line speed and how these affect profitability.

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Introducing cold pilger mill technology

July 11, 2006 | By Oliver Strehlau

The cold mill pilgering process uses ring dies and a tapered mandrel to reduce tube cross sections by up to 90 percent. Because the process relies on large number of small forming steps, the result is tube or pipe that has nearly homogenous material characteristics. It is suitable for every metal.

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Graebener Group Technologies appoints president

June 27, 2006

Graebener Group Technologies LLC, Napoleon, Ohio, a joint venture between Automatic Feed Company (AFCo), Graebener Maschinentechnik GmbH and REIKA GmbH, has announced the appointment of Richard A. Marando as president. In this position, Marando is responsible for supervising all company operations...

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Custom tubes and rods available

June 13, 2006

Marshall Mfg. Co. offers custom-manufactured surgical tubes and rods with burr-free custom slots, notches, cross holes, and multiple angles made with high-precision wire EDM processes.The process has dimensional accuracy to ±0.0005 in. Tube and rod diameters are available from 0.064 to 1.250...

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