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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IPSCO completes NS Group acquisition

December 4, 2006

IPSCO Inc. has announced the completion of its acquisition of NS Group Inc., a manufacturer of seamless and welded oilfield tubular goods, following a favorable vote by NS Group shareholders.This transaction represents a strategic opportunity for IPSCO to broaden its energy product offering, the...

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Is your cold pilger mill maintenance on schedule?

November 7, 2006 | By Glen Stapleton

Glen Stapleton relies on his experience in troubleshooting for more than 30 years to discuss the most pressing pilger mill maintenance issues—causes, cures, and tips to prevent breakdowns and get the machines up and running again when they do fail.

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TPJSymposium scheduled for March

October 17, 2006

The Tube & Pipe Association, Intl. (TPA), and its flagship magazine, TPJ – The Tube & Pipe Journal®, announce their upcomingTPJSymposium, to be held March 14-16, 2007, at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.The multispeaker conference will explore best practices and...

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Timken to exit seamless steel tube manufacturing in England

October 12, 2006

The Timken Co. today announced its intention to exit its European seamless steel tube manufacturing operations located in Desford, England, as part of its strategy to manage its business portfolio to improve performance. The company will begin consultations with representatives of the 400...

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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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