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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Employees of The Wrench”

Two fabricators are better than one

August 26, 2008 | By Eric Lundin

Motorcycle popularity has grown substantially in recent years, and many small shops that produce custom-made and limited-production motorcycles have sprung up. Two such shop owners, Brad Ruel of The Wrench and Mark Evans of Diablo Chop Shop, took it one step further and joined forces to combine their experience in designing and manufacturing semifinished (kit) motorcycles, completed bikes, and a substantial line of aftermarket parts.

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Portable tube bender has interchangeable 37-degree flaring attachment

August 12, 2008

Lomar's S1140 portable tube bender now comes with an interchangeable 37-degree flaring attachment. The quick-change head makes the hydraulic bender—which measures 6 in. by 20 in. by 7 in. and weighs 25 lbs.—suitable for short-run bending and flaring operations. When coupled with a...

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Pipe welding video available for download

August 12, 2008

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. offers videos on pipe welding techniques, available for free download at the company's Web site. The videos explain techniques and technology that can help increase pipe welding productivity.Online video topics include new advances in pipe welding techniques, preparation of...

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Cordless machines square pipes, microfittings up to 2.5 in. OD

August 12, 2008

Orbitalum Tools has introduced the RPG 2.5 and RPG 2.5 Cordless tube squaring machines for pipes and microfittings up to 2.5 in. OD.The machines can face pipes and microfittings from unalloyed, low-alloy, and high-alloy steels with an OD range between 0.250 and 2.5 in. and a maximum pipe thickness...

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AddisonMckee launches e-commerce product for perishable bending, end-forming tools

August 12, 2008

AddisonMckee, Lebanon, Ohio, has added an e-commerce product called ExpressTools™ to its Web site at www.addisonmckee.com. The e-commerce feature enables online transactions for consumable/perishable bending and end forming tooling.In addition to in-stock tools, the company manufactures a...

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TRUMPF Canada names managing director

August 12, 2008

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has appointed James Rogowski as managing director of TRUMPF Canada.The company recently acquired the remaining shares of Advanced Fabricating Machinery, which serves the Canadian market as a sales and spare parts facility for TRUMPF products. Rogowski is responsible...

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Push pointed tubes

Tube prep for the drawing step

August 12, 2008 | By George A. Mitchell, Paul Russo

Pointing, sometimes called tagging or swaging, is a process that reduces a tube's end to permit it to pass through a draw die for a drawing operation. After the tube end goes through the draw die, gripper jaws converge on the point to begin the draw operation. Push pointing is accomplished by gripping a tube and advancing pointing dies over the end, resulting in a reduced end diameter.

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Ski Jump Whistler Nordic Center

Gold medal fabrication for Olympic ski jump

July 29, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Dynamic Structures has fabricated huge structures across North America. But this project--two ski jumps for the Vancouver 2010 games--was different.

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Bobsledder in action

Cool (pipe) runnings

July 29, 2008 | By Tim Heston

A pipe fabricator finds a new way to fabricate and assemble a bobsled run for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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Bulkhead fittings allow safe, quick pipe connections

July 15, 2008

Hayward Flow Control Systems has introduced a line of industrial bulkhead fittings.Designed to allow safe, quick pipe connections to plastic or metal tanks, the BFA series bulkhead fittings come standard with heavy duty, full-buttress, left-hand threads to prevent leaks under pressure. The fittings...

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Semiautomatic system welds plasma wire, tube

July 15, 2008

The semiautomatic plasma wire and tube welding system from Process Welding Systems allows operators to load a guide wire, angioplasty wire, vascular closure wire, biopsy tubes, aspiration tubes, and any type of small wire or tube to be plasma-welded on the end of the part, the manufacturer states....

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Bosch Rexroth opens new facility

July 15, 2008

Bosch Rexroth Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., recently opened a new facility, Tech Center East, in Rochester Hills, Mich.Tech Center East is involved in developing hydraulic hybrid systems that are being tested to conserve energy and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles. The facility also...

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Kinkelder names vice president

July 15, 2008

Kinkelder USA, Rockford, Ill., an importer of steel circular sawing products, has added Mike Rans as vice president.Rans has a background in metal sawing applications, saw blade service, and facilities management. He began his career in the cut-to-length tube industry before studying tube sawing...

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CAD system CNC tube bending

From the CAD station to the production floor

July 15, 2008 | By George Winton

Conventional tube bending data, regardless of format, is entered manually and therefore susceptible to errors. A modern approach involves using a CAD system to generate a STEP file, which the CAD program exports directly to the bending machine. This method is fast and eliminates errors. The drawback is that such a system requires additional database management efforts.

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Full contour fixture tube fabrication

Will your tube pass a dimensional inspection?

July 15, 2008 | By Thomas Clark

Verifying that tube was bent correctly is not as simple as it sounds. Bending specifications and tolerances aren't cut-and-dried, but are open to interpretation. The fabricator, the end user, and the check fixture designer might have three different perspectives on specifications and tolerances. Achieving a consensus is critical for designing and manufacturing a check fixture.

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