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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bending tubular sections

Bending rolled steel sections

April 1, 2009 | By Dawn Whims, John C. Miller Jr.

Bending tube or pipe successfully is a matter of managing a handful of processes and variables and controlling the flow of the metal. The same principles apply to bending profiles, or rolled steel sections (RSS). However, because profiles aren't closed, they are more prone to distortion than tube or pipe. A close look at an RSS bending job provides a step-by-step approach for tackling this sort of project.

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Designing an OCTG finishing floor for welded pipe

April 1, 2009 | By Chad Rhodes

Although the energy market has seen ups and downs, overall the trend is a growth path. A manufacturer of welded structural and mechanical tube and pipe can get into this market by using its existing mill to manufacture oil country tubular goods (such as line pipe and casing) and adding a finishing floor to its operations. Understanding API requirements is the first step in planning a finishing floor layout.

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End prep tool holds up to three blades at once

March 10, 2009

The MILLHOG® line of end prep tools from ESCO Tool comes with the EscoLock™ blade lock system, which holds up to three blades at once to allow simultaneous beveling, facing, and boring without cutting oils.The system features a wedge lock design that holds tighter while it works....

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Automated orbital welding system introduced

March 10, 2009

Gullco Intl. has introduced its Pipe KAT® welding system, which automates a variety of orbital welding applications. The system uses a variable-speed welding travel carriage with a maximum speed of 40 IPM, complete with integrated wire feeder, linear oscillation with motorized adjustable weave...

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titanium energy demand

Titanium trends

March 9, 2009

Electricity demand grew an average of 15,000 megawatts per year from 1995 to 2006, and this trend will undoubtedly continue. The Energy Information Administration predicts that meeting future demands will require the equivalent of more than 20 new 500-MW power plants per year over the next 20 years or so. A critical component in power plant construction is titanium tubing, which is favored for its high strength and corrosion resistance.

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Saving money on complex tube end forms

March 9, 2009 | By Richard D. Sheffer

"Cut costs, cut costs, cut costs" is a mantra that echoes from engineering cubicles to production floors in manufacturing companies far and wide.

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Scott Process Systems Inc. completes three-year ASME recertification

February 24, 2009

Scott Process Systems Inc., Hartville, Ohio, announced that it has successfully completed the recertification of its full slate of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) code stamps, including S – Power Boiler, PP – Power Piping Systems, U – Unfired Pressure Vessels, N...

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Bimetal band saw blades offer increased fatigue resistance, tooth durability

February 10, 2009

Challenger™ bimetal structural band saw blades are available from M.K. Morse. They are constructed using PTP™ technology, a proprietary process which, in combination with specialized tooth geometry, helps increase fatigue resistance and tooth durability when cutting structural shapes...

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Light-duty manual band saw cuts tubes, pipes up to 8 in. at 90 degrees

February 10, 2009

The Kalamazoo Machine Tool model H235 manual band saw is designed for light-duty cutting of tubes, pipes, light structural shapes, and small solids up to 8 in. at 90 degrees. The saw has a variable-speed blade from 65 to 320 FPM and can accurately miter up to 60 degrees to the right while...

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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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