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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Electrode welds steel requiring 70,000-PSI minimum tensile strength

August 8, 2006

The Select 711 gas-shielded, flux-cored carbon steel electrode from Select-Arc Inc. welds steels that require a minimum of 70,000-PSI tensile strength.The all-position electrode produces good arc...

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CNC machines produce piston rods, hydraulic cylinder bodies in one operation

August 8, 2006

Bardons & Oliver offers Big-Bore two-axis, horizontal CNC turning machines for the manufacture of piston rods and hydraulic cylinder bodies in one operation.Using the company's proprietary CNC turning...

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Hayes adds to sales team

August 8, 2006

Hayes Intl., Rotorua, New Zealand, a member of The Bradbury Group of companies, has added Sean Wiebe to its U.S. sales team. Wiebe is based at the company's facility in Moundridge, Kan., and assists...

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Hess Industries launches Formitt Metal Labs

August 8, 2006

Hess Industries Inc., Niles, Mich., has announced the launch of Formitt Metal Labs, created specifically to support product development for a variety of industries.Formitt Metal Labs offers...

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FMA member custom-builds motorcycle for Foundation auction

August 8, 2006

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Medalist Laserfab Inc., Oshkosh, Wis., is building a custom motorcycle for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.® (FMA) Foundation's charitable auction, which will help the Foundation encourage young people to pursue careers in manufacturing. This article explains how you can view the progress of the build, donate items for the auction, and participate in the bidding.

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End prep tool provides instant attach, release

July 11, 2006

The Ground MILLHOG® air clamp welding end prep tool from Esco Tool features air-actuated clamping, which provides instant attach-and-release to the tube ID for improving tube sheet facing...

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Software earns magazine's No. 1 ranking

July 11, 2006

The AutoCAD® CD version 3.0 from Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, Charlotte, N.C., was ranked No. 1 on PM Engineermagazine's top 10 products list, based on reader interest.Developed to provide a...

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Acrotech acquires Di-Acro

July 11, 2006

Acrotech Inc., Lake City, Minn., has acquired the Di-Acro product line and moved production back to Lake City, where the line was originally designed and built.The product line includes finger brakes,...

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Wayne Trail Technologies constructs new facility, enters new market segment

July 11, 2006

Wayne Trail Technologies, Fort Loramie, Ohio, has entered a new market segment and is constructing an additional, 30,000-sq.-ft. facility.The company has entered the robotics, welding, and fixturing...

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Jancy Engineering hires director of market development

July 11, 2006

Jancy Engineering Inc., Davenport, Iowa, has named William Hildebrand as director of market development. Hildebrand focuses on opening untapped markets in North America and beyond.Hildebrand has more...

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Actuant acquires D.L. Ricci

July 11, 2006

Actuant Corp., Milwaukee, has completed the purchase of D.L. Ricci Corp., Red Wing., Minn.Actuant consists of two groups of companies: Tools & Supplies and Engineered Solutions. D.L. Ricci is now...

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Cutting tube saw costs

July 11, 2006

Today metal tube sawing technology is light-years ahead of where it was just five years ago. Sawing machine and saw blade advancements—Special-purpose CNC tube-sawing machines, Dynamic ball-screw feed systems, Automatic Blade-changing, Carbide-tipped blades, blade coatings, Thin-kerf Blades, segmented saw Blades, optimize tube cutting.

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Tube and pipe bending trends

July 11, 2006

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Interviews with several tube-bending equipment-makers reveal that tube bending is becoming more complex every day, for a number of reasons. Manufacturers try to decrease material usage and go to stronger, difficult-to-bend materials with thinner walls; many manufactured items are smaller than ever before; and bends have to be smoother, especially in exhaust systems. Meanwhile, fabricators are split into two camps: High-volume OEM that are increasingly dependent on advanced controls and flexible workcells, and job shops that still get by on less sophisticated, manually operated equipment.

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Portable tube bender designed for prototype, small-lot production

June 13, 2006

The universal S1099C portable tube bender from Lomar Machine & Tool Co. provides accurate and repeatable bent tubes for prototype and small-lot production applications.The unit occupies a 30-in.-wide...

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Bar cradle trucks have up to 10,000-lb. capacity

June 13, 2006

Newly designed bar cradle trucks from The Durham Mfg. Co. offer 25 percent more cradle space with 4,000- and 10,000-lb. weight capacities for storage and movement of heavy pipe, tubing, and...

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