Tube and Pipe Fabrication

The tube and pipe fabrication technology area covers sawing (band, circular, and friction) and other cutting processes, such as abrasive, flame, laser, oxyfuel, plasma, and waterjet. It also discusses forming processes, including bending and end forming. Finally, it includes a handful of miscellaneous processes, such as trimming, beveling, finning, grooving, threading, and spinning.

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Consumables Corner: Lowering weld hardness in SAW

August 26, 2014

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Q: We manufacturer dual submerged arc welded (DSAW) pipe for API use. Some jobs require that the weld hardness be below 250 Vickers. We are having trouble meeting that requirement. What can we do? A: Weld hardness restrictions generally are found in pipelines designated for sour service and are...

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Incremental tube forming process shapes high-strength pipe materials

August 25, 2014

Dortmund Technical University and transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH have cooperated to develop incremental tube forming, a step-by-step shaping of a tube end or tube that allows processing of high-strength and ultrahigh-strength materials. Straight tubes can be formed into increasingly complex shapes,...

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Machine automatically deburrs miter-cut and bent tubes

August 18, 2014

Kent Corp. has developed a new Burrmaster deburring machine to deburr the ends of miter-cut and bent tubes. It allows the machine operator to control the machine completely from the push-button station. The process begins when tube is loaded into the custom clamp fixture by the machine...

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Multichannel automatic bar loading magazine is sized for job shops

August 18, 2014

Breuning Irco’s ecoPROFI automatic bar loading magazine, available from Lexair Inc., delivers automatic, multisize bar feeding in a small-footprint package suitable for job shops. Capable of handling barstock from 0.2 to 2 in., the multichannel, “Gatling-Gun”-style magazine allows one-button...

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Goodhart Sons opens new pipe fabrication facility

August 11, 2014

Steel fabricator and installer Goodhart Sons Inc. has opened a new pipe fabrication facility at its Lancaster, Pa., headquarters. Creation of the facility, located in existing space previously used for machining and metal fabrication, was driven by customer demand for additional pipe fabrication...

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The Metal Shop installs tube laser with nesting software

August 11, 2014

The Metal Shop LLC, a custom fabricator in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., has purchased a Mazak FabriGear tube laser with a maximum capacity of 6 in. in the largest dimension. It handles tubes up to 26 ft. long and has a full 5-axis head and built-in tapping. The company also has installed SigmaTube...

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E.H. Wachs relocates Houston office

August 11, 2014

E. H. Wachs, Lincolnshire, Ill., has moved its Houston sales, service, and rental location to Pasadena, Texas. The new location is closer for industrial customers in the oil and gas market and to refineries in the shipping channel located in the Houston area. The facility sells, services, and...

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Rattunde opens manufacturing facility in Michigan

August 11, 2014

Rattunde, a global manufacturer of tube and bar processing machinery, has opened a new manufacturing facility in Caledonia, Mich. The 30,000-sq.-ft. facility produces tooling for the company’s machinery systems, which process bar and tube stock into various end products used by manufacturers...

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CAD Partner recognized with SOLIDWORKS Gold Partner status for piping design software

August 8, 2014

Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corp. has awarded Gold Partner status to CAD Partner GmbH, Nittendorf, Germany, for its Smap3D Piping design software. The direct integration of the piping software in SOLIDWORKS® decreases design time, according to the company. The software also helps prevent...

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Portable beveling tools generate no sparks, heat

August 7, 2014

Fastenal offers portable beveling tools that create inside/outside bevels, pipe beveling, countersink, and radius paint edges. The portable tools generate no sparks or heat, and changeouts are completed in 30 sec. The electric FMT Bevel Mate can bevel depths up to 0.5 in. Proprietary cutter...

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Process pipe welding system suitable for pipe from 6 to 72 in.

August 7, 2014

Magnatech’s Pipeliner FCAW process pipe system makes code-quality welds with the high-deposition FCAW process. Designed to weld pipe 6 to 72 in. and larger, the system can be used for construction of electric utility power piping and oil, gas, and water pipelines, as well as for fabrication of...

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Fontijne Grotnes Group adds sales/service office in Mexico

July 29, 2014

Fontijne Grotnes Group, Vlaardingen, Netherlands, is expanding its North American footprint by opening a new sales and service office in Monterrey, Mexico. The company also operates North American sales and manufacturing facilities in Niles, Mich., and Buffalo Grove, Ill. The new location...

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Circular saw makes straight, miter cuts on bars, tubes, structural workpieces

July 29, 2014

Pat Mooney Inc. offers the OMP KR3 fully automatic circular miter saw. It is designed for production sawing applications requiring straight and miter cuts on bars, tubes, and structural workpieces. Its upcut design provides a cutting capacity of 8.5 in. and the ability to cut angles in the...

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Composite system repairs steel pipes/pipelines

July 29, 2014

Henkel offers the Loctite® composite repair system for steel pipes and pipelines, which meets the requirements of the ISO/TS 24817 global quality standard. The heart of the new all-in-one repair system is a composite material made of resin reinforced with fibers. In steel pipelines, the...

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Cutting opportunities in hollow structural sections

July 21, 2014

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The construction industry’s use of hollow structural sections (HSS) has been on the rise since the recession. Because of their high strength, HSS allow engineers to use less material, extending the maximum unbraced length between structural members. It’s in this environment that the tube cutting laser is beginning to open up new opportunities.

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