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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End machining center made for continuous processing of tube

April 3, 2015

BLM Group USA has introduced the BC80, an automated, CNC end machining center for cut-to-length, chamfering, facing, boring, and threading of tube and bar. Designed for 24-hr. production processing of tube up to 3.15 in. dia. and lengths from 0.4 to 13 in., the unit is suitable for high-volume...

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Unison installs all-electric pipe bender at Newport News Shipbuilding

April 1, 2015

Unison, Scarborough, U.K., has commissioned what the company says is the largest all-electric tube bending machine ever produced at Virginia-based Newport News Shipbuilding, a supplier of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines to the U.S. Navy. The machine can generate more than...

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Pipe processing software comes in three versions

April 1, 2015

transfluid® Maschinenbau GmbH has developed “t project” software for use in pipe processing applications. Based on the Windows® operating system, it has a user-friendly structure and offers intuitive possible uses without intensive training, the company reports. Three versions of the software...

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Mathey Dearman launches new website

March 31, 2015

Mathey Dearman, Tulsa, Okla., has launched an updated website at www.mathey.com. The site has been redesigned for quick navigation and full functionality on screens of all sizes. Visitors will find detailed information on the company’s full line of products, including pipe cutting and...

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SMS Meer to provide extrusion press to Yasuda Metal Industries

March 25, 2015

SMS Meer has received an order for a HybrEx 14 extrusion press from Yasuda Metal Industries, Osaka, Japan. The press, which can attain a maximum force of 14.5 mN, will be used to produce light-metal sections for windows and facades. The press uses its hydraulic system solely to generate the...

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Coolant designed for pipe threading process

March 24, 2015

Quaker Chemical Corp. offers QUAKERCOOL® 750 TP coolant fluid for the pipe threading process. The mineral oil-free microemulsion provides lubrication, short-term corrosion protection, clean rinsing, and a wide water-quality tolerance. The coolant resists microbiological growth and does not contain...

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Cold saw designed for high-volume sawing of steel tubes

March 18, 2015

Pat Mooney Saws offers the Matic 315 CM 1B fully automatic circular cold saw designed for high-volume sawing of steel tubes. The machine comes standard with an automatic loading system that includes an automatic bundle loader capable of running long production runs. A heavy-duty pivoting saw...

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Electric bender cuts lead times, scrap rate

March 12, 2015

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Former toolmaker Toolspec Manufacturing Co. has transitioned over the years to become a fabricator, and over the years acquired 14 hydraulic benders. The machines are capable but require lengthy tool changeovers, hours of programming time, and substantial expertise to maintain bend consistency. It recently invested in two all-electric machines, benders that don’t have these issues.

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Burr Oak Tool launches new website

March 12, 2015

Burr Oak Tool Inc., Sturgis, Mich., has unveiled a redesigned website at www.burroak.com. Visitors can explore product videos and brochures, white papers, and webinars. In addition, processes have been streamlined for locating company representative contact information and requesting information on...

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Epic Piping to build headquarters, pipe fabrication plant in Louisiana

March 5, 2015

New pipe fabrication company Epic Piping has announced it will build its national headquarters and a $45.3 million, 200,000-sq.-ft. plant in Livingston, La. According to the firm, the plant will create 560 full-time jobs. The plant, expected to be completed in Q2 2016, can be expanded to...

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Laser tube cutting system cuts tube diameters up to 8.625 in.

February 25, 2015

BLM Group USA has introduced the model LT8 laser tube cutting system. The 3-D CO2 laser tube cutting machine cuts tube diameters up to 8.625 in. and a bar weight up to 1,000 lbs. The unit, equipped with a tilting, +/-45-degree head, provides for 5-axis cutting and ultrahigh-speed piercing, allowing...

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BK Edwards Fabrication and Welding to expand in Mississippi

February 19, 2015

BK Edwards Fabrication and Welding has announced plans for an expansion at its facility in Maben, Miss. The $70,000 project will create 18 new jobs, bringing employment at the facility to approximately 50. The family-owned and -operated firm fabricates and welds a variety of stainless steel...

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Teaching: A metal fabricator’s secret sauce

February 17, 2015

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Bob Moehlman has welded pipe for more than 50 years, including 30 years at Superior Pipe Fabricators, a Los Angeles-based shop he helped launch in 1984. The shop’s success hasn’t come by using the latest and greatest pipe welding technology, but instead through teaching—showing the inexperienced employees the ropes, developing their talent, and giving them a career.

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Pipe weld purging system designed for tubes up to 24 in. dia.

February 16, 2015

For producing zero-color, nonoxidized weld roots, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques Limited HFT® offers PurgExtra™ for the weld purging of tubes and pipes from 1 to 24 in. dia. According to the company, the product complements the PurgElite® series, but also has extra purge gas inlets and...

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TPJTV: Chicago Tube & Iron

Presented by TPJ - The Tube & Pipe Journal®

Length: 4:11

TPJ-TV host Eric Lundin interviews Mark Sowka, vice president of Chicago Tube & Iron's Engineered Products Group, about the company's ASME-code pressure boiler work.