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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Prima to introduce resonator at June open house

May 8, 2007

Prima North America is holding an open house/laser seminar June 7, 2007, at its technology center in Chicopee, Mass. The company is introducing its new CV5000 laser resonator at the event.Planned...

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UTE appoints sales manager

May 8, 2007

Universal Tool and Engineering Inc. (UTE), Johnson City, Tenn., has appointed Rick Ott as sales manager. He is responsible for national and international sales.Ott has more than 25 years' experience...

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Electric tube bender machine

All-electric tube benders in control

May 8, 2007

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All-electric tube bending machines use electric, closed-loop servomotor axes to control the motion and speed of the bend tooling, providing programmable control over the range of each axis. Otherwise, all-electric tube bending machines are basically rotary draw benders—the design of which have not changed significantly for 50 years.

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End prep tool features chatter-free performance

April 10, 2007

A lightweight welding end prep tool and cutter blades that are capable of performing any angle of prep and facing and boring simultaneously are available from ESCO Tool.The Mongoose MILLHOG® right...

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Saw kit designed for professional tradesmen

April 10, 2007

The M.K. Morse Co. recently introduced a master tradesman AV23M bimetal hole saw kit. Featuring Master Cobalt® bi-metal hole saws, the kit includes a range of popular diameters used by the...

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Everett Industries celebrates 45 years in business

April 10, 2007

Everett Industries Inc., a Warren, Ohio-based producer of abrasive cutoff machines and wheels, is celebrating 45 years in business.Founded in 1962 by Chuck Everett, the company now employs 28 people...

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High speed cutting tools

High-speed cutting, end-finishing

April 10, 2007

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Leading Edge Hydraulics improves tube cutting efficiencies with a high-speed cutter, plus integrated end forming for its fluid power tube manufacturing.

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Turning a machine shop into a fabrication shop

April 10, 2007

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Senior Editor Eric Lundin traces the history of a machine shop-turned-fabricator. Founded in 1984 as Target Boring, the company changed from a machining shop to a fabrication shop when, in 1994, it purchased its first sheet and plate laser cutting system. Now named Target Laser & Machining Inc., it boasts three lasers for sheet and plate (two 2-D machines and one multiaxis machine) and one for cutting tube.

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Hitch feed saw automatically loads, trims, cuts, sorts

March 13, 2007

Scotchman® Industries CPO 315 fully automatic hitch feed cold saw provides uninterrupted cutting on tubing or solids. The CPO 315 HFA comes equipped with either a supply table or a full-bundle...

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Strainer protects piping system components

March 13, 2007

Eaton Filtration LLC's Model 50 duplex basket strainer is designed to protect piping system components, such as meters, pumps, and instrumentation, from damage and helps prevent unscheduled downtime,...

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Automated tube bender

Reducing tube bending cycle times

March 13, 2007

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Because any multiple-step manufacturing process is only as fast as the slowest machine, fabricators interested in purchasing an automated tube bender might suddenly find his production line saddled with bottlenecks. It's necessary to analyze the entire production line and learn about the equipment that is available before automating the bending process.

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Safeguarding tube benders with laser scanners

February 13, 2007

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Tube benders require safeguarding around the perimeter of the machine and area in front of the machine, where the tube is bent, and in the back where the tube is fed. Laser scanning devices offers several advantageous features. Because laser scanning is a noncontact method, it minimizes interference with the machine operation, and because the scanner mounts at the foot of the machine and out of the way of the tube bending action, it allows full access to the work area.

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Multipurpose beveling machine offered

February 13, 2007

CS Unitec's beveling machine bevels, deburrs, and chamfers steel, stainless steel, nonferrous metals, and brass.The compact, lightweight machine is designed to be used with two interchangeable milling...

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Machine automatically deburrs one end of part

February 13, 2007

Kent Corp. has introduced a new Burrmaster deburring machine to automatically deburr one end of a part.The Rotomat utilizes a 12 in. dia. by 6 in. wide brush. The brush spins downward at 2,000 RPM,...

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Interactive tube connector Web site launched

February 13, 2007

Parker Instrumentation has launched a Web site dedicated to its permanent tube connection technology for higher pressure applications, Phastite.The site, www.parker.com/phastite/, provides information...

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