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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Bobsledder in action

Cool (pipe) runnings

July 29, 2008

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A pipe fabricator finds a new way to fabricate and assemble a bobsled run for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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Bulkhead fittings allow safe, quick pipe connections

July 15, 2008

Hayward Flow Control Systems has introduced a line of industrial bulkhead fittings.Designed to allow safe, quick pipe connections to plastic or metal tanks, the BFA series bulkhead fittings come...

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Semiautomatic system welds plasma wire, tube

July 15, 2008

The semiautomatic plasma wire and tube welding system from Process Welding Systems allows operators to load a guide wire, angioplasty wire, vascular closure wire, biopsy tubes, aspiration tubes, and...

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Bosch Rexroth opens new facility

July 15, 2008

Bosch Rexroth Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., recently opened a new facility, Tech Center East, in Rochester Hills, Mich.Tech Center East is involved in developing hydraulic hybrid systems that are...

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Kinkelder names vice president

July 15, 2008

Kinkelder USA, Rockford, Ill., an importer of steel circular sawing products, has added Mike Rans as vice president.Rans has a background in metal sawing applications, saw blade service, and...

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CAD system CNC tube bending

From the CAD station to the production floor

July 15, 2008

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Conventional tube bending data, regardless of format, is entered manually and therefore susceptible to errors. A modern approach involves using a CAD system to generate a STEP file, which the CAD program exports directly to the bending machine. This method is fast and eliminates errors. The drawback is that such a system requires additional database management efforts.

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Full contour fixture tube fabrication

Will your tube pass a dimensional inspection?

July 15, 2008

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Verifying that tube was bent correctly is not as simple as it sounds. Bending specifications and tolerances aren't cut-and-dried, but are open to interpretation. The fabricator, the end user, and the check fixture designer might have three different perspectives on specifications and tolerances. Achieving a consensus is critical for designing and manufacturing a check fixture.

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Rotary draw bender bends to 195 degrees

June 17, 2008

Baileigh Industrial has introduced the model RDB-125 rotary draw bender. It bends up to 2.5-in., 0.120-in.-wall DOM tube 2-in., 0.120-in.-wall Chromoly and square; as well as 2-in. Sch. 40 pipe....

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All-electric tube bender features multistack tooling

June 17, 2008

Horn Machine Tools offers an all-electric tube bending machine from Unison that features multistack tooling and can bend tubing of up to 6 in. OD.According to the company, the Breeze 150 is optimized...

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Al Fajer Information, Messe Dsseldorf announce dates for Tekno/Tube Arabia 2009

June 17, 2008

Tekno/Tube Arabia: 9th International Trade Fair for Industrial Machinery, Metalworking, Machine Tools, Dies/Molds, Tubes, and Pipes is scheduled to run Jan. 11-14, 2009, at the Dubai International...

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Sawing, deburring system designed for tubes, shapes up to 3 in. in diameter

May 20, 2008

The Kasto Model KASTOwa-90R/S automatic sawing machine in combination with the RSA Model NN 1000A wire brush deburring machine is designed for tubes and shapes up to 3 inches in diameter. The machine...

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AddisonMckee selected as a winner of Progressive Manufacturing 50 awards

May 15, 2008

AddisonMckee, Lebanon, Ohio, was named as a winner of the fourth annual Progressive Manufacturing 50 awards, selected by Managing Automation, a monthly publication of Thomas Publishing Co. LLC....

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Welding end prep tool designed for high-temperature, -pressure applications

May 13, 2008

Esco Tool offers the MILLHOG® Dictator ID clamping welding end prep tool. It is designed for beveling pipes in which the weld is critical because of high temperatures and pressures.The tool is...

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Tube verification system introduced

May 13, 2008

Two companies have worked together to introduce a new method for documenting or verifying large and complex tubes, such as those found in the oil and chemical industries, but also in aircraft and...

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Custom or standard?

May 13, 2008

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Fabricators have two broad choices in the bend tooling they select: standard or custom. Using standardized tooling provides cost-effective versatility. A well developed tooling inventory can accommodate nearly any bending job. On the other hand, custom tooling is designed for speed and efficiency. Customized tools make one part and one part only as fast as possible. The trade-offs boil down to time and money: standardized tooling requires more time to set up but costs less. With custom tooling, changeover is quick, but the tooling costs more.

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