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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Double-pinch ring rollers have heavy-duty structure, reinforced engineered mainframe design

February 10, 2009

CML USA Ercolina® has introduced two new double-pinch ring rollers. The forged roll shafts are precision-ground and -fitted. The rollers feature heavy-duty structure and rigid components, as well as a reinforced engineered mainframe design.Dual-axis movement helps reduce tag end length material...

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Roll-Kraft earns ISO recertification

February 10, 2009

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, has participated in a surveillance audit of its ISO quality management system and, for the fourth consecutive year, has fulfilled the requirements and received recertification, with zero minor and zero major nonconformances.The audit included areas such as sales and order...

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ESCO Tool moves to new building

February 10, 2009

ESCO Tool has acquired and refurbished a 60,000-sq.-ft. building in Holliston, Mass. The company has been located in nearby Medfield, Mass., since 1980.According to Matthew Brennan, president, "We have been the beneficiary of a growing power industry and are moving into a larger building in...

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Installed Grille Gaurd

Fabricator lassos an improved packing process

February 10, 2009

Ranch Hand Truck Accessories was established in the area in 1986 to produce truck grille guards, a product that still comprises a majority of the company's sales. A 25 percent increase in production of its grille guards and front bumper replacements led to the need for a faster, more efficient, and more protective way of packaging its products.

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Triumph Tube to open new manufacturing facility in South Carolina

February 2, 2009

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Orangeburg County Development Commission, and the Central S.C. Alliance have announced that Triumph Tube Inc., a manufacturer in the drawn tube industry, will open its new manufacturing facility in Orangeburg County. The $3.5 million investment is expected...

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Metal cutter produces cool, clean, ready-to-weld cuts

January 20, 2009

SteelMax LLC has introduced a 14-in. metal cutting saw that cuts metal cool and clean without burring, heat distortion, or sparking. The S14 is designed for cutting mild steel, stainless, and aluminum. It features 45-degree mitering capability and a powerful 15-amp motor operating at 1,400 RPMs....

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Self-shielded, flux-cored welding wire designed for X80 pipeline applications

January 13, 2009

Hobart Brothers offers Fabshield X80 self-shielded, flux-cored welding wire for use in X80 pipeline applications. According to the manufacturer, the wire creates welds with high tensile strength and Charpy V-notch (CVN) impact values from 107 ft.-lbs. at -20 degrees F to 96 ft.-lbs. at -40 degrees...

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Pneumatic pipe saw cuts all types of alloys, concrete-lined pipe

January 13, 2009

A pneumatic saw and universal pipe trolley kit for cutting all types of alloys and concrete-lined pipe are available from ESCO Tool.The APS-438 air-powered saw and WrapTrack® pipe trolley let users cut 6-in. to 60-in.-OD pipe accurately and without a HAZ. They are designed for use on stainless...

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Turning machine handles through-hole applications

January 13, 2009

Bardons & Oliver has introduced a big-bore subspindle turning machine for industrial tube and bar applications.Designed to handle through-hole applications, the heavy-duty, column-style machine provides users with the ability to process complex bar and tube components with no limitations on...

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Rotary draw bender produces bends in tubes, hollow profiles

January 13, 2009

Ercolina®'s Mega Bender® 030 rotary draw bender with internal mandrel produces bends in tubes and hollow profiles. The system incorporates five individual tooling components to support the profile during the bending process. These components—lthe center former, pressure die, clamp die,...

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Automated processing flexible coax-system

Coax Facts

January 1, 2009 | By George Winton

Continuous improvement and statistical process control are useful,time-tested techniques—they have been used since the 1950s—buttheir use must be tailored to specific applications. For example, atypical manufacturing metric is parts per minute, but many rollformers should measure feet per minute. This and other tips can helproll formers accurately evaluate their productivity and measure theimpact of process improvements.

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TUBOTECH 2009 to be held in Brazil

December 16, 2008

TUBOTECH, 5th International Tube, Fittings and Components trade fair will be staged at the Centro de Exposicoes Imigrantes in So Paulo, Brazil, Oct. 6-8, 2009. The event will be jointly organized by Messe Dsseldorf and Grupo Cipa, with the support of the International Tube Association (ITA).Exhibit...

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The ins and outs of extrusion bending

December 12, 2008 | By George Winton

Extrusions can be tricky to bend and handle. Paying close attention tobender selection, die design, programming, and material handling can help to ensure efficient and productive bending.

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Fact or Friction?

December 4, 2008 | By Steve Lowery

The tube and pipe bending process is full of variables and options, all of which you must understand and manage successfully to make the end product.

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Teaching an old piercing mill new tricks

December 2, 2008 | By Albert Klimas

Many seamless tube producers in North America use cross-roll piercing mills built in the 1950s that were based on designs from the1930s. While it would be advantageous to replace such aged equipment, that isn't always necessary. A minor equipment upgrade can do wonders. Improving the bar steadiers—the devices that hold the mandrel the steady as the pipe exits the mill—can greatly improve the mill's output and reduce the pipe's wall thickness variation.

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