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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Portable beveling machine bevels heavy-wall pipe to 14 in.

March 14, 2016

The portable PBM-614 beveling machine from Otto Arc Systems is built with a worm gear drive and mandrel with screw adjustments to help alleviate chatter while beveling heavy-wall pipe from 6 to 14 in. before welding. The unit is available with an electric or pneumatic motor for facing and...

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Rex-Cut Finishing a Welded Stainless Steel Tube

March 14, 2016

By: Rex-Cut Abrasives

This video explains how to bring a welded stainless steel tube to a polish finish in just three steps. Great for finishing handrails.

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Software updated with programming, simulation, and monitoring tools

March 7, 2016

Unison has introduced software to manage the tube bending process from programming to production. The software includes a new version of the Opt2Sim 3-D simulator to help accelerate the development of control programs for all-electric tube bending machines. It employs the same embedded code that...

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Tool School - Rotary Draw Bending Tooling

February 29, 2016

By: Tube Form Solutions

Learn about bender tooling from the experts. Make sure all of your bend dies, clamp dies, pressure dies, mandrels, wiper dies, inserts and holders are all manufactured to the highest standards to ensure the longest life and highest performance consistency possible.

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STI-SPFA presents Hall of Fame, Member Service Awards

February 24, 2016

STI-SPFA has presented the Hall of Fame Award to Tim Woofter, owner and president of Stanwade Metal Products, Fowler, Ohio, and the Member Service Award to Larry Dildine, president of Phoenix Forging Co. in Catasauqua, Pa. The Hall of Fame Award honors individuals who have made outstanding...

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Hydraulic pipe processing equipment bends pipe to 1.9 in. OD

February 23, 2016

Tracto-Technik has released the new-generation Tubomat, fundamentally revised and modularly designed. The machine offers bending of pipe ODs up to 1.9 in. and optionally integrates sawing, deburring, flaring, and cutting-ring assembly functions. The unit’s control provides program operation...

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Orbital pipe welding systems feature autoprogramming

February 15, 2016

Magnatech’s Pipemaster power source models are used for multipass orbital pipe welding. The 515 model has a 150-amp output, and the 516 model either 200- or 400-amp output. They control weld head mechanical functions for torch rotation, wire feed, torch oscillation, arc voltage control, and...

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BLM Group USA delivers tube/sheet processing machine to Advanta Industries

February 10, 2016

BLM Group USA, Wixom, Mich., has announced the sale of its LC5 laser tube and flat sheet processing machine to Petersburg, Mich.-based Advanta Industries for its Manning, S.C., facility. Advanta Industries designs and manufactures returnable steel racks and offers custom packaging systems using...

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Inflatable dams allow weld purging in tight bends

February 10, 2016

For closure welds, tight bends, T-piece joints, and dome end connections on which a conventional tandem weld purging system cannot be used, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® offers a line of single-ended inflatable weld purge dams. Manufactured for pipe diameters from 6 to 96 in., these...

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Refueling, repairing, refurbishing, redeploying a supercarrier

February 10, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Every aircraft carrier is built to last, and the nuclear propulsion systems mean they don’t need port calls to fuel up, but even the most well-built and durable carriers need an overhaul after 25 years at sea. Editor Eric Lundin visited the USS Abraham Lincoln, CVN 72, to learn about the refueling and complex overhaul process from contractor Newport News Shipbuilding.

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Mathey Dearman announces staff addition at Mike Charles and Associates

February 4, 2016

Mathey Dearman, Tulsa, Okla., has announced the addition of Michael Moore to the staff of Mike Charles and Associates Inc., a Mooresville, N.C.-based distributor of Mathey Dearman products in North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Moore has worked previously for Lincoln Electric and...

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Improving 400 series weld seams in tube, pipe production

February 3, 2016 | By Cary B. Long, Dr. Yehuda Baskin

Chromium is a miracle element when added to iron, combining with oxygen to form chromium oxide, the compound that prevents rust in stainless steels. The downside is that it also impedes bonding, making stainless difficult to weld. Using a flux can help by improving weld quality and allowing faster welding speeds.

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Structural tube fabrication: Getting a solid connection for HSS

February 1, 2016 | By Tim Heston

One architectural fabricator has developed a connection and fabrication system for the modular construction of hollow structural sections, or HSS. Such connections show just how efficient modular construction can be.

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Collaring machine designed for stainless steel pipe

January 21, 2016

T-Drill offers the T-65 SS heavy-duty collaring machine for stainless steel pipe. According to the manufacturer, the machine produces comparable quality to a commercial T fitting, eliminating two welded joints and fitting cost. No pipe cutting or T fitting is involved, and the T ratio variation...

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Rotary tools deburr, form, and chamfer tube ends

January 18, 2016

Severance Tool has developed a line of tube end finishing rotary tools for deburring, forming, and chamfering. They are designed to finish both the ID and OD of tubing ends in a single operation. Many feature adjustable, two-piece construction to accommodate work on same-size tubing with varying...

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