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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Laser cut tube parts

Machine shop sees the (laser) light

March 11, 2008 | By Dan Davis

MG Products Inc., Elkhart, Ind., successfully made the transition from a machine shop to a full-scale tube fabricator thanks to the investment in a laser tube cutter.

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Pipe sander polishes handrails, pipe, tubing

March 11, 2008

The LRP 1503 AIR Boa pipe sander from CS Unitec polishes handrails, pipe, and tubing. It has a 1-HP motor, with 20-CFM air consumption at 90 PSI and is lightweight. Operators can wrap the sanding arm up to 270 degrees around the radius of the pipe and rotate the machine slightly for a 360-degree...

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Wagner Companies announces promotions

March 11, 2008

The Wagner Companies, Milwaukee, recently promoted Justin Wesser to manager of quality services and Patrick Hutchinson to the new position of director of engineering services.Wesser joined Wagner in 2004 as a manufacturing engineer, becoming production manager for the pipe department later that...

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Setup or cover-up?

March 11, 2008 | By William Q. Tingley III

Setting up the tooling for a tube or pipe bending machine isn't as simple as it seems. Many variables are involved, making this a difficult task. A further complication is the tendency for many operators to adjust various pressure settings to compensate for poor tooling setup. The bend might turn out okay, but at a cost—a loss of process control and shortened tool life. Using a simple four-step setup process is the key to good bending, process control, and optimal tool life. This setup procedure also facilitates troubleshooting.

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Circular saw blade developed for stainless steel

February 12, 2008

The M.K. Morse Co. has developed a new 14-in. Metal Devil circular saw blade for stainless steel.According to the manufacturer, the blade combines optimized tooth geometry, vibration dampening, and specialized microcarbides to provide good cutting and reduce tooth chipping and blade vibration. It...

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Wagner adds quality supervisor

February 12, 2008

The Wagner Companies, Milwaukee, a manufacturer of handrail fittings and metal products for architectural and industrial applications, recently added Debra A. Emmer as a quality supervisor.Emmer is responsible for implementation, maintenance, and continuous improvement of the quality processes...

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Warren Steel Holdings completes vacuum tank degasser

February 12, 2008

Warren Steel Holdings, Warren, Ohio, announced that it completed the hot commissioning of its vacuum tank degasser and related systems.The system is fully operational, and the company has begun shipping degassed material to its customers. The low-pressure environment of the degassing operation...

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orbital welding

Welding more with less

February 12, 2008 | By Michael Bishop

With the gap between new projects and available welders only expected to widen, welding companies have to make up the difference by utilizing machines that can compensate for the labor shortage and maximize the productivity of available welders. New developments in orbital welding technology are helping companies address these tasks. Today orbital welding equipment incorporates production monitoring and analysis capabilities and is designed to be simpler to use. In continuing to advance the technology, welding equipment suppliers probably will take more of an integrated approach, tackling projects using automation and machines that combine preparation and welding operations into a comprehensive tool.

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Messe Dsseldorf, ZAO Expocentr plan Tube Russia 2008

January 15, 2008

Tube Russia 2008, an international tube and pipe trade fair, is scheduled to run May 27–30 at the ZAO Exhibition Center in Moscow. The event will be organized jointly by Messe Dsseldorf and ZAO Expocentr, with the support of the International Tube Association (ITA). Exhibit categories will...

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FABTECH hosts 31,000 visitors, covers 461,627 sq. ft.

January 15, 2008

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show at McCormick Place in Chicago hosted more exhibiting companies and covered more exhibit space than any previous FABTECH. Filling 461,627 sq. ft. of booth space, the show attracted nearly 31,000 visitors from more than 75 countries, a 27 percent...

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AISI, STI/SPFA publish steel pipe design manual

January 15, 2008

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Washington, D.C., and the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA), Lake Zurich, Ill., jointly published a steel pipe design manual titled Welded Steel Pipe Revised Edition 2007.The manual focuses on the design of steel pipe...

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AWS acquires Mexican welding tradeshow

January 15, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, has entered into an agreement with Trade Show Consulting (TSC) to purchase Weldmex, the largest welding tradeshow in Latin America.Under the terms of the agreement, the AWS maintains primary ownership of Weldmex and assumes the rights to organize, promote,...

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Robotic tube bending cell designed for high-volume applications

December 11, 2007

Unison has developed Uni-vercell, an automated tube bending cell suitable for high-volume applications such as automotive. Available in North America through Horn Machine Tools, the cell is designed to provide a complete loading, end forming, bending, and vision inspection process in the footprint...

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Automatic sawing system cuts ferrous, nonferrous materials

December 11, 2007

The AMSAW® S300 automatic sawing system from Advanced Machine & Engineering Co., designed for cutting ferrous and nonferrous materials, has a capacity of 3 in. to 12 in. and utilizes saw blade diameters from 24 in. to 36 in.A 60-HP/4-kW spindle motor is provided with simplified controls. The...

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Automatic circular saw cuts aluminum, copper, brass

December 11, 2007

Kaltenbach Inc.'s SKL450NA automatic aluminum saw is designed for straight and miter cutting of aluminum profiles and solids, but also is capable of free-machining copper and brass extrusions and small solids.Maximum rectangular capacity is 4 in. high by 8 in. wide at 90 degrees. Operators can...

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