Tube and Pipe Fabrication Products

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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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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Pipe cutting attachment designed for laser system

February 20, 2014

Kern Laser Systems has introduced a new pipe cutting option for its Micro and HSE laser systems. The rotary attachment implements a small, lathe-type chuck and brushless servomotor, resulting in smooth, accurate cutting, the company says. The machine can handle pipes up to 62 in. long and 6 in....

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End finishing/inspection machine has seven stations working simultaneously

February 17, 2014

Haven has developed a custom machine for prehydroform tube machining, inspection, and identification for a supplier of aluminum automotive frame components. The machine has seven stations working simultaneously to complete a finished tube every 5 sec. The sequence of operation is double end...

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Pipe, flange protection products can be installed, removed by hand

February 12, 2014

Mocap has introduced a new line of pipe and flange protection products, including pipe caps, pipe plugs, outside-fitting flange protectors, push-in flange protectors, and bolt hole flange protectors. The products can be installed and removed by hand. They are designed to protect many sizes and...

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Demagnetization coils help decrease weld repairs

February 10, 2014

Western Instruments offers the WD series magnetizing and demagnetizing coils for such applications as downhole drilling assemblies, particularly for horizontal well drilling, as well as pipeline construction and repairs. According to the manufacturer, preweld demagnetization of line pipe helps...

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Tube and pipe cutting software drives multiple 3-D laser cutting machines

February 4, 2014

SigmaTek Systems LLC has released SigmaTUBE® tube and pipe cutting software for round, square, rectangular, and triangular tube and pipe. It also supports structural materials such as I-beams, H-beams, C-channel, and angle iron. Custom programs are available for use with Mazak FabriGear,...

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Tube bending CAD/CAM software

Tube bending CAD/CAM software extracts data from CAD models in seconds

January 28, 2014

Horn Machine Tools offers the TubeWorks software add-in, manufactured by 3DCompound Ltd. The PC-based CAD/CAM system allows tubular metal fabricators who use SolidWorks® CAD software to reduce order processing and preproduction development time from hours to minutes, states the...

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Manifold made for automotive, HVAC/R industries

January 9, 2014

Uniweld offers the Spirit manifold, which comprises a lightweight, extruded aluminum body; handles for positive control; a double O-ring piston valve; and an easy-access front hose holder. Its 3.125-in. steel case NPF™ gauges feature color-coded protective boots, as well as a 3-, 5-, or 6-ft....

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Mini profiler delivers pipe cutting in small footprint

January 8, 2014

Vernon Tool offers the Lincoln Electric MASTERPIPE® mini profiler, an entry-level CNC pipe cutting system in a compact footprint. It cuts and profiles pipe from 1 to 12 in. OD, performing straight, miter, saddle, center-offset, and multiple-intersection cuts, as well as gusset slots. The unit...

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Pipe purging system designed for preheated pipe welding

January 7, 2014

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques, HFT®, has developed the HotPurge™ pipe purging system for use up to 572 degrees F for 24 hours, rated up to 1,292 degrees F. The system is based on the company's Quick Purge®II design, but adapted for use at high temperatures. The system is suitable...

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Swaging unit streamlines nut-ferrule installation - TheFabricator.com

Swaging unit streamlines nut-ferrule installation

November 25, 2013

Swagelok Co. has introduced the new Swagelok® high-volume swaging unit (HVSU), designed to streamline nut-ferrule installation in the oil and gas, alternative fuel, and general industries. The unit enables installers to preswage the manufacturer's nut-ferrule sets onto stainless steel...

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Laser cutting machine made for low-volume applications - TheFabricator.com

Laser cutting machine made for low-volume applications

November 19, 2013

Hydrapower Intl. Inc. has developed a 600-W YAG laser for shops with low-volume applications in sheet metal and thin materials. The YAG 3015 features an Australian cutting head, enhanced to enable 50 percent higher cutting speeds than previous types, the manufacturer states. The system is...

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Deburring machine automatically finishes part ends - TheFabricator.com

Deburring machine automatically finishes part ends

November 14, 2013

Kent has developed the new Burrmaster, an automatic end deburring machine that handles round, square, shape, extrusion, miter-cut, and bent tubes. The Rotoburr brush spins downward, and the head rotates for consistent end deburring of...

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Rotary tube, pipe cutoff blades cut cleanly

November 4, 2013

Federal Knife Inc. has introduced a new line of rotary tube and pipe cutoff blades. They are available in a variety of tool steels and hardnesses to match the blades’ performance to each cutting application. The company reports that it applies a perfect radius to the cutting edge, producing a...

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Welding end prep tool designed for repetitive milling - TheFabricator.com

Welding end prep tool designed for repetitive milling

October 22, 2013

The MILLHOG® Mongoose Air Clamp™ welding end prep tool from Esco Tool is equipped with an air-operated clamp that attaches to a tube or pipe ID and releases from it at the flip of a toggle switch. It is suitable for highly repetitive end preps. Featuring a self-centering draw rod that...

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