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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Minimizing effort, maximizing distance

July 21, 2015

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A golf club shaft looks like an ordinary tube, but it’s not. Quite a bit of engineering goes into manufacturing the tube and drawing it so it has the optimal characteristics—lightweight without being flimsy and elastic enough to pack a wallop. Editor Eric Lundin interviewed Scott Cokeing, director of engineering and global quality True Temper Sports, about one of the company’s manufacturing processes, variable wall technology.

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Rafter ships seam orientation unit

July 17, 2015

Strongsville, Ohio-based Rafter Equipment Corp. has shipped an RT-5500 seam orientation unit to a North American tube producer. The equipment will be added to the customer's existing tube sizing mill for the purpose of positioning the weld seam before reshaping the tube into squares and rectangles....

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Ultrasonic tube drawing system produces improved ID finish

July 17, 2015

Sonobond Ultrasonics offers a tube drawing system and components designed to accommodate manufacturers of fine metal tubing used in syringe needles, as well as for medical devices and tubing products used in industries to transport critical fluids. With this ultrasonic system, high-frequency...

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Eurolls appoints AWT Machinery as agent for North America

July 16, 2015

Eurolls S.p.A., based in Attimis (Udine), Italy, has appointed Scott Liebenberg, owner of AWT Machinery Inc., Rockford, Ill., to be its representative for North America. AWT Machinery sells new machinery, provides technical support, and offers spare parts. Eurolls manufactures machinery for the...

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Synalloy names senior VP/CFO

July 14, 2015

Spartanburg, S.C.-based Synalloy Corp., a producer of stainless steel pipe and steel storage tanks and a distributor of seamless carbon pipe and tube, has hired Dennis M. Loughran as senior vice president and CFO. Loughran has 11 years of experience with Reynolds Metals Co. and previously...

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Manufacturing cell creates extremely short, straight lengths after bending, forming

July 14, 2015

The t motion automated manufacturing cell from transfluid® Maschinenbau GmbH is designed for the production of short-elbow tubing sections for use in car radiators and air-conditioning units. The cell enables the coil to be handled directly. In the first manufacturing stage, the tubing (from...

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Minimizing scrap on laser welding mills

July 9, 2015

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Laser welding on a tube or pipe mill wouldn’t be very effective without a good control system. Eric Lundin interviewed TRUMPF to learn about the capabilities of the company’s SeamLine and SeamLine Pro systems.

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Steel Tube Inc. announces expansion

June 17, 2015

Steel Tube Inc., Statesville, N.C., has announced plans to double its capacity to deliver steel tubing products to customers in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. The 32,000-sq.-ft. expansion is necessitated by the demand for UV- and corrosion-resistant mechanical and structural steel tubing. The...

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Rattunde hosts open house at new facility

June 10, 2015

Rattunde Corp., a Germany-based manufacturer of finished-length tube and solid bar production systems, held an open house on May 13-14 at its 30,000-sq.-ft. facility in Caledonia Township, Mich., near the company’s previous location in Grand Rapids. The plant houses the North American sales...

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ASMAG acquires OCN

June 8, 2015

Austria-based ASMAG has acquired machine engineering company OCN, Udine, Italy. OCN produces machines and equipment for the metals industry, specializing in extrusion run-out systems and drawing machines for brass, copper, aluminum, and steel tubes and bars. ASMAG manufactures equipment for...

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Troubleshooting, traceability for tube, pipe producers

June 2, 2015

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The adage “two heads are better than one” can be applied to tube and pipe mill monitoring systems. Monitoring the forming process is a good idea, and monitoring the welding process is too, but using a combination system that measures both yields additional benefits.

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Equipment produces three-, five-layer composite pipe

May 29, 2015

THE Machines Yvonand SA offers composite pipe production lines for three- and five-layer construction. The equipment can be supplied in metal-plastic, plastic-metal, and plastic-metal-plastic configurations. All current alloys are employed, from aluminum to steel, as well as copper alloys and...

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Best coolant practices make perfect

May 28, 2015

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Taking all of the necessary parameters into consideration when designing a tube or pipe mill can be a big task, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The main considerations include all of the cooling system capacity and location, the type of coolant, the filters and skimmers to be used, and local water quality. Making these decisions early, and incorporating them into the mill’s design, maximizes the cooling system’s efficiency.

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Roll-Kraft opens facility in Texas

May 22, 2015

Mentor, Ohio-based Roll-Kraft has opened its fourth location, Roll-Kraft Texas, in East Houston. The 12,000-sq-.ft. facility is equipped with CNC machines from Mori Seiki to meet customers' rework tooling needs in a variety of roll diameters. The company also offers in-house tube and pipe and...

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Measuring weld heat to evaluate weld integrity

May 14, 2015

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Eddy current and ultrasonic testing are suitable for tube and pipe mills and have been used for weld seam flaw detection for decades, but a new process, thermography, is an alternative. By measuring the heat signature of the weld seam as it cools, it provides information about weld integrity at and below the surface.

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