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R&B Machining adds sales professionals

August 29, 2016

R&B Machining Inc., Wilmington, Ohio, has hired brothers Don and Joe Schweibold as account managers. In this role, they focus on increasing sales of the company’s tube bending and end forming tooling, tube end forming machines, presses, and automation business in territories including Mexico,...

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Where metal fabrication and history intersect

August 29, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

The members of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery had two cannons, an old school bus, and a lot of miles to cover to stage mock battles. A team of Civil War reenactors, they had discarded their previous bus and needed to transform their new bus. They enlisted the help of the staff and students at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC), Janesville, Wis.

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Forming a Marman bead

August 25, 2016

The Marman clamp, devised to secure two cylindrical surfaces end-to-end, has earned a unique place in tube fabrication. Although it’s not always easy to form, the Marman bead is a robust, airtight seal suitable for many applications, and is often used for diesel engine exhaust systems.

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BLM Group announces plans for new headquarters

August 15, 2016

BLM Group USA, a manufacturer of tube and sheet metal processing equipment, has announced plans to move into new headquarters in spring 2017 in its current location of Wixom, Mich. The newly constructed facility will have 75,000 sq. ft., with room to expand another 50 percent. This more than...

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Mathey Dearman provides support to UA Local 798 scholarship fund

August 8, 2016

Mathey Dearman, Tulsa, Okla., has announced its contribution of $1,500 to the UA Local 798 scholarship fund. The Pipeliners Voluntary Fund Scholarship Program, developed in 1969, has helped hundreds of students enrolled in institutions of higher learning. Recipients of the scholarships are chosen...

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Single machine serves as fully automated pipe cutting shop

August 2, 2016

HGG’s 3-D Tube Cutting Line (TCL) combines precision tube cutting with an automated and custom-designed infeed/outfeed logistics system to help increase production capacity. The line offers the accuracy to serve as an alternative to laser machines, and its automation gives users the...

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A novel approach to pipe welding automation

July 29, 2016 | By Soroush Karimzadeh

Pipe welding often requires frequent adjustments to changing conditions. Some changes are significant enough to make automation impractical. Today, though, collaborative robotics is helping to make pipe welding automation more flexible.

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Hyperloop One to open manufacturing plant in Nevada

July 28, 2016

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, developer of the Hyperloop structure to move passengers and cargo between two points, has announced it will open its first manufacturing plant, Hyperloop One Metalworks, in North Las Vegas, Nev. The 105,000-sq.-ft. tooling and fabrication plant will house...

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Lantek to provide software for Promotech pipe cutting machines

July 18, 2016

Lantek Systems Inc., Mason, Ohio, has reached an agreement with Polish company Promotech to supply its sheet metal software with Promotech’s pipe profile cutting machines. The equipment can cut pipes up to nearly 5 ft. dia. and about 39 ft. long with oxyfuel or plasma. Promotech manufactures...

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All-electric tube bender provides right-, left-hand bending in automatic cycle

July 18, 2016

E-turn, an all-electric tube bender from BLM Group USA, automatically loads, bends, and unloads various tube configurations, including round, square, rectangular, flat-sided, oval, and elliptical, on one machine. The series consists of four models: The E-Turn 32 that can handle tube up to 1.18...

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Rattunde to host open house marking 10th anniversary

July 18, 2016

Rattunde, a builder of tube and bar processing machinery, will host a technology open house at its Caledonia, Mich., headquarters to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. The open house runs 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 15-16, 2016, and with an anniversary celebration on Sept. 15 at 5:00 p.m. At...

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Large-capacity pliers hold pipes and tubes for butt welding

July 14, 2016

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced Strong Grip® economy pipe pliers for holding round pipes and square tubes for butt welding. The pliers assist with accurate line-up and setup of materials for a proper fit-up to prevent gaps and leave the welder’s hands free for handling and tack welding....

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Fabricating long coils rather than short straights

July 11, 2016 | By Wynn H. Kearns

Most fabricators work with standard lengths of straight tube, but this isn’t the only possibility. Many alloys are available in coiled form, can lead to faster processing, better use of floor space, and increased material yields.

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Tube fabrication equipment manufacturer takes a holistic view of sustainability

July 7, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Sustainability and green technology are no longer buzzwords, but comprise a host of enduring manufacturing practices. Equipment manufacturer Schwarze-Robitec has rolled out numerous developments to conserve energy, consumables, material, and other resources.

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Great gates!

July 5, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

After learning to weld on the family farm and honing his skill during his college years, Josh Foster decided to augment his steady, part-time job with a fabrication business. Big Creek Metal Works makes all sort of items, from large ranch gates to small art items, specializing in custom work.

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