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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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 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

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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Lomar Machine & Tool recognized by Eaton Corp.

May 28, 2009

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corp. honored 38 premier suppliers last month as part of the company's supplier recognition program. This is the fourth year that Eaton has recognized a select group of its global suppliers with this prestigious award.Among the award winners was Lomar...

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Affordable automation

May 28, 2009 | By Mike Bollheimer

Competition is tough and getting tougher. A critical strategy for staying in business is automation. Putting together a flexible, automated system with quick-change capability can help tube fabricators manufacture a variety of parts, both for existing projects and future programs. A few key pieces of equipment and a long-term view of current and future projects can help to justify the expense.

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Aristo Machines partners with Manchester Tool & Die

May 19, 2009

Aristo Machines Inc., Indianapolis, a manufacturer of tube end forming systems, has announced a partnership with Manchester Tool & Die Inc. (MTD), North Manchester, Ind. MTD now will manufacture, install, and offer support for Aristo's lines of tube end forming systems.Aristo President Robert Dean...

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Gantry, rail system supports ultrasonic tester for oil, gas pipe testing market

May 12, 2009

Haven Mfg. Corp. has designed a gantry and rail system that supports a full-body phased-array ultrasonic tester for the oil and gas pipe testing market.The system's capacity is 2.52 to 21.06 in. in diameter and up to 49.21 ft. long. A walking beam transfer device positions the pipe into the test...

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Shaft collars, couplings designed for drive train applications in wind power systems

May 12, 2009

Large-bore shaft collars and rigid couplings for drive train applications in wind power generation systems are available from Stafford Mfg. Corp.The collars and couplings are engineered for applications up to 16 and 8 in. ID, respectively, and come in one- and two-piece configurations that can be...

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Welding end prep tool bevels, faces in one operation

May 12, 2009

A heavy-duty, ID-clamping pipe milling end prep tool that can bevel and face in one operation, including any degree of end prep and compound bevels, is available from Esco Tool.The Prepzilla® MILLHOG can produce end preps on all wall thicknesses at any angle, without cutting oils. It is...

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Fraser Steel bucks economic downturn by investing in big equipment

May 12, 2009

Fraser Steel, Albertville, Minn., a designer and manufacturer of precision tubular parts, recently acquired a large-capacity rotary draw bender.The 12-ton bender enables the company to bend large pieces of round and square tubing, as well as solid steel bars that previously were too big to handle...

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QY Group-China opens Tritube USA

May 12, 2009

QY Group-China has opened Tritube USA in Baytown, Texas, the group's first manufacturing venture in the U.S.The manufacturing facility has four forming/welding lines that produce ASTM A500/A513 cold-formed, welded carbon steel mechanical tubing and ASTM A135/A795 fire protection sprinkler pipe....

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RathGibson names vice president of sales and marketing

May 12, 2009

RathGibson, Lincolnshire, Ill., has appointed Kirk Thorne to the position of vice president – sales and marketing.Thorne, who has 25 years of experience in industry, worked previously for Lennox Intl. There he served as vice president of sales and marketing for Allied Air Enterprises, vice...

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