Tube and Pipe Production

The tube and pipe production technology area encompasses mills and all of the equipment that makes a mill run successfully: tooling, welding units, nondestructive testers, bundlers, scarfing equipment, straighteners, scrap choppers, and washing systems.

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National Grid provides economic development grant to Welded Tube USA

April 1, 2014

In an effort to assist Welded Tube of Canada Corp., a Concord, Ont.-based tubular products manufacturer, in moving forward with construction of a new steel pipe manufacturing plant in Lackawanna, N.Y., National Grid has provided the company with its first installment of an economic development...

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Kent Corp. starts up two heavy-gauge, large strip accumulators

March 10, 2014

Kent Corp., North Royalton, Ohio, a provider of coil handlers, end welders, accumulators, high-speed cold saws, and tube mill consumables, has commissioned two large horizontal accumulators for customers in the OCTG and structural steel industries. The U.S.-built equipment, which handles coil...

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Automated tool change system helps cut changeover time on tube sizing machine

February 24, 2014

AddisonMckee has developed an automated tool handling system for a customer forming tube from 2 to 6 in. dia. The tool sets used in the customer’s AddisonMckee HG150-IDOD tube sizing machine can weigh up to 300 lbs., so loading and unloading previously involved the use of an overhead crane...

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Fine Tubes relocates Indian office

February 24, 2014

Plymouth, U.K.-based Fine Tubes, a manufacturer of seamless and welded tubes in stainless steel, nickel, titanium, and zirconium alloys, has announced the relocation of its office in India. As a result of the company’s increased global capabilities following its partnership agreement with...

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Fives Bronx announces staffing changes

February 17, 2014

Fives Bronx, comprising Fives Bronx Inc., North Canton, Ohio, and Fives Bronx Ltd., West Midlands, England, has announced promotions and staff additions. Brian Lombardi has been promoted to president/CEO. He joined the organization in May 2002 as vice president of procurement. Before that, he...

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Large-screen TV system displays tube manufacturing process

February 4, 2014

A new camera-controlled, fully electric tube manufacturing cell from transfluid® Maschinenbau GmbH includes a large-screen TV displaying energy consumption, the CPK value, the number of tubes that have been processed so far, and the component being produced. The manufacturing system also...

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American to build spiral-welded pipe facility in Michigan

December 11, 2013

American, Birmingham, Ala., has announced plans to build a new spiral-welded pipe facility in Flint, Mich. The facility initially will support the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) project recently awarded to American, and later other regional water infrastructure projects. The KWA pipeline,...

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End mill delivers high-rate metal removal for titanium roughing at low torque

December 10, 2013

5ME's CYCLO CUT® Max-Flute end mills enable machining of internal structures in titanium, INCONEL® alloy, and stainless steel components with removal rates of up to 12 cu. IPM at 45 ft.-lbs. of torque. The 20-flute end mills use shallow, radial widths of cut to transfer less heat to the cutting...

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Central Tube and Bar adds sales rep, new equipment - TheFabricator.com

Central Tube and Bar adds sales rep, new equipment

December 4, 2013

Central Tube and Bar Inc., a supplier and processor of tube and bar products in Conway, Ark., has announced that Brian Moon has joined the company as outside sales representative. Moon has several years of experience in the steel service center industry, most recently as territory manager for a...

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Cutoff choices for tube, pipe producers - TheFabricator.com

Cutoff choices for tube, pipe producers

December 2, 2013

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Like any mechanical system, a mill can run only as fast as its slowest component. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of various cutoff systems is the first step in making sure the cutoff keeps up with the rest of the mill.

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Forming presses designed for large-diameter line pipe - TheFabricator.com

Forming presses designed for large-diameter line pipe

October 29, 2013

Graebener-Reika Inc. offers Graebener Maschinentechnik pipe forming presses for producing large-diameter line pipe used in pipeline and utility distribution systems. The presses are suited for producing pipes with increased yield points and large wall thickness-to-pipe-diameter ratios, where the...

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Report says auto manufacturing, rising oil prices will spur demand for metal pipe, tube

October 28, 2013

IBISWorld, a Los Angeles-based source of industry and market research, has updated its report on the metal pipe and tube manufacturing industry in reaction to the market’s volatility in the past five years. Volatility in the price of steel has damaged the metal pipe and tube manufacturing...

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Laser-based skelp edge inspection enhances quality control from the start - TheFabricator.com

Laser-based skelp edge inspection enhances quality control from the start

October 25, 2013

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As demands for higher tensile steel increase, width consistency and edge quality are increasingly important because high-strength material does not form like soft grades of steel. Using a precise system for evaluating coil dimensions and edge quality is more important now than ever before.

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Souping up old draw benches - TheFabricator.com

Souping up old draw benches

October 24, 2013

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Superior Tube Co. Inc., Collegeville, Pa., a fabricator that draws tubing for small-diameter applications, recently set about to improve material flow through its plant. Realizing that moving 60- and 70-year-old draw benches likely would damage the motors and motor controllers, which were the original equipment, the company developed a plan to upgrade the hardware at the same time. The result is a quantum leap in motor efficiency and monitoring capability.

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Cutoff blades cut cleanly to produce dimple-free tube sections - TheFabricator.com

Cutoff blades cut cleanly to produce dimple-free tube sections

October 16, 2013

Engineered for the metal tube, pipe, and roll forming production industries, new tube cutoff blades from Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions are designed to produce dimple-free tubes far down the line. The vacuum heat-treated, precision-ground, high-speed steel blades are available in a variety of...

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