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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Band saw blades suitable for interrupted cutting applications

July 14, 2009

The L.S. Starrett Co. has introduced the Versatix™ MP line of multipurpose band saw blades. They feature a new tooth design that is suitable for interrupted cutting applications in structural steels, tubes, and small solids. The patent-pending design dissipates heat during cutting to help...

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Mechanized pipe welding system requires less welder skill and effort

June 30, 2009

The Piper Bug Pipe Welding System from Bug-O Systems is a digitally controlled programmable welding travel carriage integrated with Lincoln Electric® Invertec® V350-PRO Power Source. The Piper Bug features a positive rack and pinion drive system and a digital control box in which all...

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photogrammetry measurements

Focusing on bent tubing

June 29, 2009 | By William Mongon

Measuring the bends and straight sections of a bent tube can be tricky and time-consuming, especially if the tube has a large number of bends in several directions. Photogrammetry, also known as optical measurement, uses a booth equipped with several digital cameras to make a digital image of the part, allowing fast, easy measurements.

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New services brochure available

June 16, 2009

Manchester Tool & Die Inc. offers a new 4-page brochure detailing its steel fabricating and production machining services, as well as the production machining and tube end forming services from BKB Manufacturing. The new literature details the capabilities available from Manchester Tool & Die,...

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Accessories improve cutoff operations

June 9, 2009

Continental Pipe & Tube Cutoff Machines offers a variety of accessories to improve cut-off operations in an efficient, economical manner. Among them are various cutter block assemblies, which can be mounted quickly and easily, increasing the range of pipe and tube that can be processed on the...

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Cutoff blades provide thousands of cuts between resharpening

June 9, 2009

Continental Tube & Pipe Cutoff Machines offers precision ground cutoff blades made of the finest shock-resistant tool steel alloy.Each blade is heat-treated and tested for proper hardness and flatness. Uniform quality provides thousands of cuts between resharpening, which reduces maintenance costs...

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Tube cutoff machines provide quick, easy setup

June 9, 2009

Continental Pipe & Tube Cutoff machines provide fast and easy set-up, adjustment, and can handle a variety of pipe and tube diameters and lengths efficiently. Because the rotary cutoff wheel passes through the wall thickness only, cutting time is reduced...

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Automatic band saw for job shops released

June 9, 2009

Hyd-Mech Group Ltd. has released the SM10CNC single-miter automatic band saw for job shops. It features a 10-in. round or 7 - by 11-in. capacity at 90 degrees; a 1-in. blade; a 2.5-HP direct-drive inverter blade with variable band speed (50 to 330 SFM); and 60-degree, one-way mitering. Variable...

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Semiautomatic tube bender accepts large-radii tooling to 16-in. CLR

June 9, 2009

Ercolina's GB90/GB100 semiautomatic Giga Bender mandrel machine is suitable for bending tube, pipe, and square and rectangular profiles to CLR as tight as 1.5xD and accepts large-radii tooling to 16-in. CLR. The interactive PLC touchscreen offers access to auto and manual operating modes, system...

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Automatic beveler produces angles up to 60 degrees

June 9, 2009

Bug-O Systems/Cypress Welding Equipment has introduced the SPB-3000 Pitbull portable automatic beveler. According to the manufacturer, the unit produces clean, machined bevels without operator assistance.The self-propelled machine can bevel angles up to 60 degrees and mill all types of metal,...

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330-amp welding torch handles extreme applications

June 9, 2009

Abicor Binzel has introduced the new Abi-Flux welding torch. Rated at 330 amps, the torch is suitable for extreme applications in pipeline construction, cladding, and rail-joint welding, as well as repair work.The torch is equipped with a quick-change, 360-degree-rotatable swan neck and a...

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Bardons & Oliver launches machinery rebuilding, retrofitting pages on Web site

June 9, 2009

Bardons & Oliver, Solon, Ohio, a manufacturer of CNC turning systems and tube and bar cutoff equipment, has launched two new sections of its Web site. The first focuses on machine rebuilding, and the second on CNC retrofit and control retrofit projects.The machine rebuild section, at...

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orbital welding unit

Orbital welding technology breaks new ground

June 4, 2009 | By Bill Atkinson

Automated orbital welding technology has evolved to the point where one welding system can perform multiple processes and adapt welding parameters in real-time.

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teeing up orbital welding

Teeing up orbital welding

June 3, 2009 | By John Hodges

Two technologies improve the quality and decrease the cost of fabricating high-purity systems, such as those used in the food and beverage, dairy, pharmaceutical, and semiconductor industries. These two techniques are mechanically formed T connections and orbital welding. A common question is this: Can orbital welding be used on mechanically formed T connections? The answer is yes, but fabricators need to understand the limitations and restrictions of this combination.

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ESCO Tools founder dies

June 2, 2009

Albert T. Brennan, who purchased the Evans Supply Co. in Winchester, Mass., in 1975, later renamed the firm ESCO Tools, and built it into a leading welding end prep tool manufacturer for the power generation industry, has passed away at the age of 87 after a brief illness.Mr. Brennan's approach to...

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