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 designed for high-temperature, -pressure applications

May 13, 2008

Esco Tool offers the MILLHOG® Dictator ID clamping welding end prep tool. It is designed for beveling pipes in which the weld is critical because of high temperatures and pressures.The tool is suitable for use on heavy-wall steam or process pipes up to 20 in. dia. made of stainless steel,...

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Tube verification system introduced

May 13, 2008

Two companies have worked together to introduce a new method for documenting or verifying large and complex tubes, such as those found in the oil and chemical industries, but also in aircraft and heavy vehicles.The method combines the large-volume capability of the Metronor Solo probe system with...

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Custom or standard?

May 13, 2008 | By Seth Cook

Fabricators have two broad choices in the bend tooling they select: standard or custom. Using standardized tooling provides cost-effective versatility. A well developed tooling inventory can accommodate nearly any bending job. On the other hand, custom tooling is designed for speed and efficiency. Customized tools make one part and one part only as fast as possible. The trade-offs boil down to time and money: standardized tooling requires more time to set up but costs less. With custom tooling, changeover is quick, but the tooling costs more.

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McDonald's Arches

Curving out a niche

April 15, 2008 | By Michael Bishop

In celebration of its 50th anniversary in April 2005, McDonald's® opened a 24,000-sq.-ft. restaurant in Chicago. The restaurant's most eye-catching feature is a pair of parabolic arches that stand 60 ft. high. Constructed from 20-in. by 12-in. tubes, the arches were curved by Chicago Metal Rolled Products, an OEM component subcontractor. Operating within a tight time frame, CMRP helped the structural steel fabricator and erector, Tefft Bridge & Iron LLC, by bending the tubes in multiple locations on longer sections to reduce the number of weld splices needed.

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Automatic roller-feed cold saw suitable for high-volume, long-run applications

April 15, 2008

Scotchman® Industries Inc. offers an automatic cold saw. Available in ferrous and nonferrous models, the CPO 315 roller-feed automatic cold saw is designed to provide uninterrupted cutting on tubing, solids, and extrusions. It is suitable for high-volume and long-run applications.The saw is...

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Foundry saw features simplified access

April 15, 2008

The Kalamazoo Industries model K20FS lock-down-head saw is designed for cutting foundry gates and risers and has a stepped-in design on the front to simplify access.The saw features a 20-in. abrasive wheel; a 2,500-RPM, 1-in. spindle with sealed ball bearings; a steel top; and cast-iron trunnions...

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Steel shaft collars useful for creating custom components

April 15, 2008

Stafford Mfg. Corp. manufactures a line of AISI steel shaft collars that can be welded to create custom components such as lever arms and adjustable sprocket mounts.Users can weld the collars—which are machined from AISI 1018 steel—using any welding process, according to the...

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Wauseon Machine & Mfg. distributes O+P products

April 15, 2008

Wauseon Machine & Mfg. (WMM) is the U.S. distributor of products from O+P, an Italian manufacturer of production hydraulic equipment.O+P manufactures a line of machines for production of hydraulic components with both flexible hose and rigid tube. The line comprises radial crimpers, as well as...

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Hobart Institute releases instructional programs for pipe GTAW

April 15, 2008

"Gas Tungsten Arc Welding of 2-inch Pipe" provides a step-by-step explanation of how to weld mild steel pipe in the 2G, 5G, and 6G welding positions using the GTAW process.The training materials package includes two DVDs, an instructor guide, and a written test (50 copies). The instructor guide...

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Automotive industrial

Automotive and industrial: A tale of two businesses

April 15, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Embracing technology has given Microflex a firm foothold in the turbulent automotive marketplace.The Tier 2 supplier has garnered a reputation for advanced sheet metal forming, developing parts for exhaust, steering, and fuel system components. It has ISO 9001 and other quality certifications and has invested in software that will add traceability and cohesion throughout the automotive operation.

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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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