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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Fiber laser, CO2 laser equipment designed for stainless steel tube fabrication

April 15, 2014

Rofin offers FL series fiber laser equipment for welding thin-walled stainless steel tubes, as well as CO2 slab lasers for welding medium- and thick-walled stainless steel tubes. The fiber lasers, with output power up to 6 kW, are suitable for welding different stainless steels and nickel-based...

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Tube cutting/finishing system produces 5,000 pieces/hr.

April 10, 2014

Rattunde Corp. has introduced the ACS® + CFMtwin tube cutting and finishing system. Equipped with a twin machining head that fits onto the standard head, the machine cuts two tube or bar sections simultaneously, then machines both ends of both workpieces at the same time. The machine can...

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Worthington Industries to acquire Steffes Corp.’s tank manufacturing division

April 1, 2014

Worthington Industries Inc., a diversified metals manufacturing company in Columbus, Ohio, has reached an agreement to acquire the tank manufacturing division of Steffes Corp., Dickinson, N.D. The steel tanks are used primarily for oil and saltwater storage. The addition of the facility, which...

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Nelson Global Products opens plant in Mexico

March 26, 2014

Nelson Global Products, Stoughton, Wis., has announced its expansion into Mexico with a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Monterrey. The company will manufacture precision formed tubing and sheet metal structural fabrications, along with exhaust tubing, mufflers, and emissions system...

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STI/SPFA honors member companies with awards

March 26, 2014

Lake Zurich, Ill.-based STI/SPFA, an association for companies that fabricate steel tanks, pipe, and pressure vessels for use in the petroleum, food, water, and chemical processing industries, has announced the winners of its Steel Tank and Fabricated Product of the Year Awards for 2013 in...

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Field machining tool handles pipes up to 67.5-in. OD

March 24, 2014

H&S Tool has introduced the BFC-66 field machining tool for pipes up to 67.5 in. OD. The 0.75-in. locator pad adjustment offers increased working range coverage per pad extension to help minimize the number of extensions required to machine the minimum diameter of 52 in. The tool has a drive...

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Tri Tool to open Houston facility

March 19, 2014

Tri Tool Inc., Rancho Cordova, Calif., has announced plans to open a 15,000-sq.-ft. office and warehouse in Houston to serve the offshore and onshore pipeline oil and gas industries in the Gulf region. Attendees at the grand opening on May 7 will be able to view the facility and see live...

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Pipe marking unit includes digital inclinometer gauge

March 18, 2014

Sumner Mfg. offers the Sumner Center Punch for measuring angles and marking pipe. It includes a digital inclinometer gauge which displays angles to the nearest hundredth. The gauge is set on an angled magnetic base, from which it can be removed, that contains a push-button, spring-loaded striking...

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Machine bends and cuts tube in one process

March 14, 2014

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A typical bending machine process is feed-bend-feed-bend, or maybe feed-bend-feed- rotate-bend, until the feedstock is used up. However, this isn’t the end of the fabrication process, which includes a subsequent cutting step. The cut often means waste, especially for short-length parts, and the problem is compounded when the volume is high or the material is expensive. Read about how one bender manufacturer changed the process to feed-bend-separate-feed-rotate-bend-separate.

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All-electric tube bender delivers high levels of automation

March 10, 2014

The Elect XL150 all-electric tube bender from BLM Group USA bends tubes up to 6 in. dia. The unit can handle applications with few or no straights between bends and those requiring tight-radius bends. The precise control and positioning of the bender’s electric axes help ensure that optimum...

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Team Industries receives award from Bechtel

March 4, 2014

Team Industries Inc., a provider of pipe fabrication, fabricated vessels, and welding positioners and grippers in Frederick, Md., is one of 56 companies honored with the annual Bechtel Power Subcontractor and Supplier Recognition Award. Companies were nominated by Bechtel Power project teams from...

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Tri Tool adds high-production CNC counterbore service in Houston

March 4, 2014

Tri Tool Inc., Rancho Cordova, Calif., has established a high-production counterboring service to meet the demand for deep counterbore machining of steel catenary risers and critical pipeline needs in the Gulf of Mexico. Located in Houston, Tri Tool Services operates a high-speed system that can be...

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European Heathyards applies for ASME S stamp

February 27, 2014

Midlands, U.K.-based European Heathyards, a fabricator of tube, plate, and section structures, has applied to ASME for S Stamp accreditation. The company serves the power generation, petrochemical, environmental, water, and offshore sectors. The certification will apply to boilers in which steam...

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Steelhead Composites acquires metal spin forming technology

February 27, 2014

Steelhead Composites, a Denver-based designer and manufacturer of lightweight pressure vessels, has purchased and installed a heavy-duty CNC neck forming machine manufactured by MJC Eng. and Technology. The machine is designed for manufacturing high-pressure cylinders, allowing the fabrication of...

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Tube and pipe basics: How to achieve the perfect bend

February 24, 2014

Although tube bending technology has evolved significnatly over the years, the process still boils down to four factors: the material, machine, tooling, and lubrication.

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