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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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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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Trio of tradeshows offers parallel staging, increased exhibit space

August 7, 2007

The parallel staging of Metallurgy-Litmash, Tube Russia, and Aluminium/Non-Ferrous 2007 offered 52,500 sq. ft. of exhibit space—50 percent more than last year—to 300 exhibitors from 26 countries. The event had exhibitors from Austria, China, Germany, and Italy, as well as 13,500...

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Veridiam acquires Allied Swiss Screw Products

August 7, 2007

Veridiam, San Diego, has acquired Allied Swiss Screw Products, Oceanside, Calif.Veridiam is a provider of EDM services; milled and turned components; welded and drawn tubing; metal and tubular components; and assemblies. The company's products and services are used in aerospace, nuclear power,...

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Staging of 2008 Tube China announced

July 10, 2007

Messe Düsseldorf has announced the Shanghai New International Expo Center will host Tube China Sept. 23-26, 2008. Messe Düsseldorf China will organize the event.Planned exhibit categories include tube manufacturing machinery; raw materials; tubes and accessories; used machinery;...

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Rotary cut-to-length machine has servo-positioning, inline end-form unit

June 12, 2007

J&B Industries has added to its product line a rotary cut-to-length machine with a servo-positioning, inline end-form unit.The unit has servo-driven feed and pull-apart mechanisms. The end-form unit provides 3.5 tons of hydraulic force for tubing up to 0.750 in. OD. Simplified controls are designed...

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BGL sells Western Pneumatic Tube

May 8, 2007

Brown Gibbons Lang & Company has sold Western Pneumatic Tube Co. (WPT), a portfolio company of Superior Group Inc., to Tinicum Capital Partners II, L.P., a private equity fund managed by New York-based Tinicum Capital Partners.WPT, based in Kirkland, Wash., is a manufacturer of large diameter,...

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