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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Solving problems on the tube mill

August 16, 2001

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Tube mill operators face a variety of challenges every day in their efforts to produce high-quality tubing in a cost-effective and productive way.

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Inline gauge control in welded tube production: Reducing conversion losses

July 26, 2001

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Reducing scrap when converting strip to finished tube is a huge step in bettering your bottom line.

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Achieving faster, more efficient tube mill changeovers

July 26, 2001

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Tube mill changeovers involved more than just tooling. Fast changeovers require control over many variables (entry equipment, side pass stands, and so on). Above all, two factors are critical in fast, consistent setups: regular maintenance of the mill and tooling, and reliance on written procedures.

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Laser welding of stainless pressure tubes

July 12, 2001

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Not all laser welded tubes are created equal. Know what to look for in the final product to ensure that you're buying quality and not just an imposter.

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An evaluation of two cold pilger die designs

May 30, 2001

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A number of elements contribute to the success and failure of pilgering seamless tube. An analysis of the finished product and consideration of these processes can help a shop choose the right tooling for the process.

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Skelp edge preparation for manufacturing ERW pipe

May 30, 2001

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Preparing the edge of a metal strip properly before it enters an electric resistance welding tube mill makes a huge difference in the quality of the final product. Make sure your prep methods match your quality requirements.

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Exploring the welded tube making process: The basics for fabricators

May 30, 2001

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This article is aimed not at tube producers, but at fabricators of tubing, to provide an overview of the process.

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Automated tube welding of heat exchangers

April 24, 2001

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Harris Thermal Transfer Products, Newberg, Oregon, is an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)-code shop that focuses mainly on the production of shell and tube heat exchangers.

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Producing quality ASTM A249 and ASME SA 249 pressure tubes

March 26, 2001

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Details are everything when you're manufacturing stainless steel pipe to exacting specifications.

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Maintaining and troubleshooting HF welders: A common-sense approach for vacuum tube and solid-state machines

February 19, 2001

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The basic steps of general preventive maintenance and troubleshooting for both vacuum tube and solid-state high frequency (HF) welders should assist in keeping welders online and producing pipe or tube.

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