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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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.

Cutting ring system helps prevent pipe slippage

February 9, 2015

Voss Fluid GmbH has developed a new, patented cutting ring system: the VOSSRing with preassembly stud. The system provides maximum leakage protection and prevents installation errors on pipe connections in hydraulic systems. The ring cuts steel and stainless steel pipes. Its material, geometry,...

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Bertolini celebrates sixth anniversary of Tennessee facility

February 6, 2015

On Feb. 2 the Bertolini Inc. facility in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., marked the sixth anniversary of its opening and production start-up. Opened on Feb. 2, 2009, the 120,000-sq.-ft. facility houses a metal tube bending and welding department, a powder coating department, and an upholstery department, in...

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GMAW system made for piping applications

February 5, 2015

The Lincoln Electric Co. has introduced an orbital GMAW system suitable for industries such as pipeline, construction, and process piping. The system is driven by the APEX® 3000 mechanized controller and pairs with the HELIX® M85 weld head and track ring. Each component in the system can...

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Unison to deliver tube bending machinery to Supercraft

February 2, 2015

Unison has won an order for tube bending machinery from precision aerospace engineering company Supercraft for the expansion of operations at its new manufacturing facility in Brough, U.K., in preparation for contracts recently secured from aerospace customers. The order comprises an Evbend...

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Miura Mfg. to seek GSA, expand to service federal agencies

January 28, 2015

Rockmart, Ga.-based Miura America Co. Ltd. has announced plans to expand sales of its on-demand boiler systems by applying for a General Services Administration (GSA) schedule and actively pursuing federal contracts. The boilers produce steam in 5 min. using a floating-head design that can...

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STI/SPFA announces 2014 Steel Water Pipe Awards

January 23, 2015

Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association, Lake Zurich, Ill., has presented Steel Water Pipe Product of the Year Awards to JIFCO Inc., Livermore, Calif., and Mid-America Pipe Fabricating & Supply, Scammon, Kan. JIFCO won the 2014 Pipeline Project of the Year Award for its Bay...

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Developing a national, international bending standard for tube and pipe

January 23, 2015

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An update from an article that ran in the September 2013 TPJ, this column describes a research project intended to help eliminate trial-and-error setups, conserve programmers’ time, and help get products to market faster by helping everyone involved in a bending project home in on the optimal bending process before getting started.

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Don’t buy it, bend it

January 21, 2015

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Bill Farris, owner of auto components supplier and repair shop Marden Tire & Auto, Rockford, Ill., focused on tires and repairs for many years, staying away from the inventory-heavy exhaust business. All that changed when King Cobra Muffler Centers Inc. approached him with a new way to handle exhaust systems: Stock straight pipe and bend systems when necessary.

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CNC plasma tube cutter adjusts quickly to various material shapes

January 19, 2015

Electro-Mechanical Integrators (EMI) offers the Tube Processing Center (TPC), a CNC machine for cutting any combination of intersecting angles, copes, slots, and holes with no tooling changes. Changes to material sizes and shapes are accomplished in a matter of minutes with only an Allen wrench....

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JWM names VP of sales and marketing

January 15, 2015

JWM, Port Washington, Wis., has named Rob Polich as vice president of sales and marketing. The company represents the John Wood Co., a provider of water storage tanks, ASME pressure vessels, and custom fluid handling systems, and Modern Equipment Co., a provider of aluminum melting and holding...

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High-speed pipe purging system upgraded

January 13, 2015

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT®) has introduced the QuickPurge®III upgraded pipe purging system for high-speed pipe joint welding. The combination of Intacal® II and the integrated PurgeGate® device makes it possible to inflate the dams safely with argon gas before releasing it for...

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ITEC announces installation of world’s largest tube and open profile cutting machine

January 9, 2015

Innovative Tube Equipment Corp. (ITEC), Chicago, has announced the installation of a 24-in.-capacity TTM Laser S.p.A. FL600 3-D tube and open profile laser cutting machine with 60-ft. processing capacity at Steel and Pipe Supply, Manhattan, Kan. According to ITEC, the machine is the largest of its...

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