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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McDonald's Arches

Curving out a niche

April 15, 2008

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In celebration of its 50th anniversary in April 2005, McDonald's® opened a 24,000-sq.-ft. restaurant in Chicago. The restaurant's most eye-catching feature is a pair of parabolic arches that stand 60 ft. high. Constructed from 20-in. by 12-in. tubes, the arches were curved by Chicago Metal Rolled Products, an OEM component subcontractor. Operating within a tight time frame, CMRP helped the structural steel fabricator and erector, Tefft Bridge & Iron LLC, by bending the tubes in multiple locations on longer sections to reduce the number of weld splices needed.

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Automatic roller-feed cold saw suitable for high-volume, long-run applications

April 15, 2008

Scotchman® Industries Inc. offers an automatic cold saw. Available in ferrous and nonferrous models, the CPO 315 roller-feed automatic cold saw is designed to provide uninterrupted cutting on...

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Foundry saw features simplified access

April 15, 2008

The Kalamazoo Industries model K20FS lock-down-head saw is designed for cutting foundry gates and risers and has a stepped-in design on the front to simplify access.The saw features a 20-in. abrasive...

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Steel shaft collars useful for creating custom components

April 15, 2008

Stafford Mfg. Corp. manufactures a line of AISI steel shaft collars that can be welded to create custom components such as lever arms and adjustable sprocket mounts.Users can weld the...

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Wauseon Machine & Mfg. distributes O+P products

April 15, 2008

Wauseon Machine & Mfg. (WMM) is the U.S. distributor of products from O+P, an Italian manufacturer of production hydraulic equipment.O+P manufactures a line of machines for production of hydraulic...

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Hobart Institute releases instructional programs for pipe GTAW

April 15, 2008

"Gas Tungsten Arc Welding of 2-inch Pipe" provides a step-by-step explanation of how to weld mild steel pipe in the 2G, 5G, and 6G welding positions using the GTAW process.The training materials...

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Automotive industrial

Automotive and industrial: A tale of two businesses

April 15, 2008

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Embracing technology has given Microflex a firm foothold in the turbulent automotive marketplace.The Tier 2 supplier has garnered a reputation for advanced sheet metal forming, developing parts for exhaust, steering, and fuel system components. It has ISO 9001 and other quality certifications and has invested in software that will add traceability and cohesion throughout the automotive operation.

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Laser cut tube parts

Machine shop sees the (laser) light

March 11, 2008

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MG Products Inc., Elkhart, Ind., successfully made the transition from a machine shop to a full-scale tube fabricator thanks to the investment in a laser tube cutter.

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Pipe sander polishes handrails, pipe, tubing

March 11, 2008

The LRP 1503 AIR Boa pipe sander from CS Unitec polishes handrails, pipe, and tubing. It has a 1-HP motor, with 20-CFM air consumption at 90 PSI and is lightweight. Operators can wrap the sanding arm...

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Wagner Companies announces promotions

March 11, 2008

The Wagner Companies, Milwaukee, recently promoted Justin Wesser to manager of quality services and Patrick Hutchinson to the new position of director of engineering services.Wesser joined Wagner in...

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Setup or cover-up?

March 11, 2008

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Setting up the tooling for a tube or pipe bending machine isn't as simple as it seems. Many variables are involved, making this a difficult task. A further complication is the tendency for many operators to adjust various pressure settings to compensate for poor tooling setup. The bend might turn out okay, but at a cost—a loss of process control and shortened tool life. Using a simple four-step setup process is the key to good bending, process control, and optimal tool life. This setup procedure also facilitates troubleshooting.

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Circular saw blade developed for stainless steel

February 12, 2008

The M.K. Morse Co. has developed a new 14-in. Metal Devil circular saw blade for stainless steel.According to the manufacturer, the blade combines optimized tooth geometry, vibration dampening, and...

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Wagner adds quality supervisor

February 12, 2008

The Wagner Companies, Milwaukee, a manufacturer of handrail fittings and metal products for architectural and industrial applications, recently added Debra A. Emmer as a quality supervisor.Emmer is...

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Warren Steel Holdings completes vacuum tank degasser

February 12, 2008

Warren Steel Holdings, Warren, Ohio, announced that it completed the hot commissioning of its vacuum tank degasser and related systems.The system is fully operational, and the company has begun...

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orbital welding

Welding more with less

February 12, 2008

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With the gap between new projects and available welders only expected to widen, welding companies have to make up the difference by utilizing machines that can compensate for the labor shortage and maximize the productivity of available welders. New developments in orbital welding technology are helping companies address these tasks. Today orbital welding equipment incorporates production monitoring and analysis capabilities and is designed to be simpler to use. In continuing to advance the technology, welding equipment suppliers probably will take more of an integrated approach, tackling projects using automation and machines that combine preparation and welding operations into a comprehensive tool.

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