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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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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STI/SPFA awards Pipeline Project of the Year

May 12, 2009

The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA) named two of its members as recipients of the national Pipeline Project of the Year award for 2008.American SpiralWeld Pipe, Columbia, S.C., a subsidiary of American Cast Iron Pipe Co., and Mid-America Pipe Fabricating & Supply...

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RathGibson opens Buenos Aires office

April 30, 2009

Lincolnshire, Ill.-based RathGibson, a manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing, has opened an office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Led by Cristian Rohde, the Buenos Aires office serves both Central and South America.Rohde, Drector –...

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High-precision inspection/measuring system ensures part quality

April 15, 2009

Sharpe Products, New Berlin, Wis., a provider of custom pipe/tube bending and fabricating services, uses a Tube Inspect S optical tube measuring system to ensure part quality.A tube is placed in a measuring optical cell where 16 high-resolution cameras measure its geometry in only a few seconds....

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Bender improves product design flexibility and reduces lead time

April 15, 2009

Sharpe Products, New Berlin, Wis., offers enhanced capabilities with its NISSIN 3-D bender.With this machine, tube is guided continuously through a single die according to the programmed specs input into its software program. The single-die technology improves product design flexibility and reduces...

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Band saw blade lines expanded

April 14, 2009

The L.S. Starrett Co. offers several new band saw blade lines.Developed for cutting structural steels, sections, tubes, and small solids, the Versatix™ MP bimetal blade has a patent-pending tooth design that copes with the shock-loading conditions associated with intermittent cutting. This...

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Tube Southeast Asia returns to Bangkok

April 14, 2009

From Oct. 13 to 15, 2009, Tube Southeast Asia - International Tube & Pipe Trade Fair for Southeast Asia - will be held in Bangkok for the second time. The event is organized by Messe Dsseldorf Asia, with the International Tube Association (ITA) as the industry partner.Exhibitors will showcase tube...

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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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