Tube and Pipe Fabrication Articles

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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Fabricator reduces part handling, improves consistency with combination bender - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator reduces part handling, improves consistency with combination bender

April 11, 2012

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Full Vision Inc., a manufacturer of components and equipment for the off-road industry, encountered a hurdle in manufacturing roll-over protection systems (ROPS) and falling-object protection structures (FOPS) for its customers. To make a ROPS or FOPS, it needed three machines or two setups on three machines. This led to too much part handling and more scrapping of parts than necessary. A combination rotary draw and push bender from Horn Machine Tool allows Full Vision to make a complete part with one setup on one machine, eliminating part handling and reducing scrap.

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Tube bending, the lean way - TheFabricator.com

Tube bending, the lean way

February 1, 2012

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A Wisconsin tube bending shop takes an untraditional approach to the traditional job schedule--and thrives because of it.

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Fabrication automation - TheFabricator.com

Fabrication automation

January 10, 2012

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Need help dealing with the skilled worker shortage? Eric Lundin, editor of TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal, interviewed several automated equipment manufacturers for their perspectives on automation for tube and pipe fabrication.

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Better Tube Bending - TheFabricator.com

Better tube bending

December 12, 2011

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This article explains how to examine and alter loading, bending, unloading, and quality checking operations to improve overall bending cycle times.

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Assesing the arc - TheFabricator.com

Assessing the arc

December 9, 2011

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Large-radius bends are used in many places, such as appliance handles and automobile components. For measuring large-radius bends, fabricators have at least three options: go/no-go fixtures, entering the bent part’s measurements into a CAD program and using it to calculate the radius, and a depth gauge.

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Using ultrasonic energy for drawing tube - TheFabricator.com

Using ultrasonic energy for drawing tube

October 20, 2011

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In conventional metalforming operations, the main way to reduce friction between the tooling and the workpiece is to apply a lubricant. Another supplementary method, which has been used for decades, is to introduce ultrasonic energy to the tooling, resulting in microscopic, high-frequency vibrations that reduce friction and improve surface finish.

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Fabricating antenna components - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating antenna components

September 9, 2011

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Mobile phone systems are mainly electronic, but a fabricated tube plays a critical role—known as a waveguide, this rectangular tube connects the transmitter to the antenna. Precise bending and forming are critical to manufacturing a waveguide that provides a strong, clear signal.

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Hands-off tube finishing - TheFabricator.com

Hands-off tube finishing

August 1, 2011

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Tube finishing doesn't have to be a manual operation. Centerless grinding can efficiently finish straight tube, and now planetary grinding machines can aid the finishing of tubes of various shapes,including previously bent workpieces.

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Fabricator leaves its competitors in the dust - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator leaves its competitors in the dust

July 20, 2011

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It wasn't that long ago that Joe Fabiani decided to make a custom exhaust system for his Porsche. A member of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) and racing enthusiast, he soon found himself making exhaust systems for fellow PCA members. That led to founding a company, FabSpeed Motorsports Inc., which initially relied on outsourcing for nearly all of the fabricating. Fabiani recently opened a new division, FabSpeed Precision Services, and invested nearly $1 million in equipment in the new division to eliminate outsourcing.

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Holding the dies

June 24, 2011

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There are a few popular ways to affix the clamp die and pressure die to a rotary draw bending machine. All aim to accomplish the same thing: provide precise vertical alignment to the mating bend die and provide rigid support for the respective die during the bending process so it resists the...

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The “hole” picture in laser tube cutting

May 6, 2011

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Ace Metal Crafts installs a laser tube cutting system with integrated tapping, a system that has shown its strength when producing structural tube. The machine cuts tube shapes, laser cuts holes, and performs tapping all in one setup.

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Getting a grip on tube bending

April 27, 2011

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A collet closer, commonly found on CNC or NC tube benders, serves an important role in the bending process. When quality is good, little attention is paid to its operation. When one or more quality parameters fall outside of acceptable limits, often the collet closer again is overlooked. A...

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Yearning for learning

April 26, 2011

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When James Castoro founded Custom Aluminum Products in 1960, the company’s premise was simple and concise: It produced aluminum products, mainly storm windows and storm doors. It was a good time to be in the business—the baby boom was in full swing, and the U.S. population was...

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GTAW electrode selection and preparation

April 25, 2011

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Selecting the right tungsten electrode, and preparing it to match the welding process, aren't just good ideas to maximize welder productivity. They are necessary to prevent weld defects and all the time necessary for troubleshooting and rework.

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Ironing the wrinkles out of copper tubing

March 10, 2011

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A wiper die is helpful for making wrinkle-free bends. Understanding how one works can help you decide if you need to use one.

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