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Plymouth Tube Co. Streator mill achieves 1,000 accident-free days

November 9, 2015

On Friday, Oct. 23, employees from Plymouth Tube Co.’s Streator mill reached 1,000 days of being accident- and injury-free. Earlier this year the Streator mill was awarded one of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.'s FMA/CNA Safety Awards, which honors companies that had perfect...

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Rafter completes tube mill for North American tube producer

November 4, 2015

Strongsville, Ohio-based Rafter Equipment Corp. has completed a new RT-2000S HFI tube mill for shipment to a North American aluminized carbon/stainless steel tube producer. The mill is designed to produce tubing from 0.500 in. OD by 0.038 in. wall minimum to 2.000 in. OD by 0.120 in. wall maximum....

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Oil country tubular goods hit a rough patch

October 28, 2015 | By Dan Davis

An industry observer says the OCTG industry is in “turm-oil,” which is hard to dispute. Falling prices, a global economic slowdown, and an excess of supply is going to keep the industry down for the near term.

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Software applies CMM measurement capabilities to tube production, inspection

October 27, 2015

Hexagon Metrology has announced the release of its TubeShaper software for the portable Romer Absolute Arm CMM tube inspection system. The new software is designed to apply the CMM’s measurement capabilities to tube production, tube and pipe inspection, reverse engineering of tubes and tube...

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Chicago Roll Co. names VP of engineering

October 13, 2015

Chicago Roll Co., Lombard, Ill., has promoted Mike Quintao to vice president of engineering. He has been with the company for 15 years. Chicago Roll Co. designs, manufactures, and refurbishes tooling to support the tube, pipe, and roll forming...

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Cage forming square tube mills use one set of adjustable tooling for all tube sizes

October 8, 2015

FD Machinery offers ERW automated heavy-wall cage forming square tube mills. One set of adjustable tooling produces every size in the mill’s range. The fully automated controls and servo-driven adjusters enable size changes within 10...

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FD Machinery to open facility in Ohio

September 21, 2015

FD Machinery, Dalian, China, a manufacturer of tube and pipe mills, automated coil loaders, strip accumulators, high-speed cutoff equipment, and automated bundling equipment, has announced plans to open a facility in Cleveland to sell equipment and roll tooling in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico....

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Superior Tube provides heat exchanger tubing to Tema India

September 17, 2015

Collegeville, Pa.-based Superior Tube, a manufacturer of precision metal tubing for safety-critical applications, has been awarded a contract from Tema India Ltd. to supply heat exchanger tubing for a new floating production storage and offloading vessel. The vessel is among several commissioned...

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Annealing line developed for precision tube production

September 10, 2015

Plasmait has built an annealing and surface treatment line for a producer of precision tubing. The system, comprising a custom-built, coiler-type payoff and takeup, handles ODs from 0.02 to more than 0.31 in. The line is used primarily for stainless steel and nickel alloy tubing; it also can...

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Detecting steel tube and pipe corrosion using SEM analysis

September 8, 2015 | By Gert Jan Streefland, Glen May

Although the causes of corrosion have been researched and documented, advanced tools are helping to expand the understanding of corrosion behavior. Magnification by a scanning electron microscope and analysis by energy dispersive spectroscopy are modern tools that help to improve the understanding of corrosion mechanisms.

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Perforated Tubes completes warehouse in Michigan

August 26, 2015

Perforated Tubes Inc. has completed construction of a 32,000-sq.-ft. warehouse next to its manufacturing plant in Ada, Mich. The warehouse opens up manufacturing space previously used for storing raw materials and finished products. The company provides perforated metal pipe to the automotive,...

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Fine Tubes appoints procurement specialist

July 24, 2015

Fine Tubes, a manufacturer of precision metal tubing in Plymouth, U.K., has appointed Amanda Clark as procurement specialist. She is responsible for managing the procurement of indirect services and material supplies, supporting the purchase of raw materials, and identifying and implementing new...

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Minimizing effort, maximizing distance

July 21, 2015 | By Eric Lundin

A golf club shaft looks like an ordinary tube, but it’s not. Quite a bit of engineering goes into manufacturing the tube and drawing it so it has the optimal characteristics—lightweight without being flimsy and elastic enough to pack a wallop. Editor Eric Lundin interviewed Scott Cokeing, director of engineering and global quality True Temper Sports, about one of the company’s manufacturing processes, variable wall technology.

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Rafter ships seam orientation unit

July 17, 2015

Strongsville, Ohio-based Rafter Equipment Corp. has shipped an RT-5500 seam orientation unit to a North American tube producer. The equipment will be added to the customer's existing tube sizing mill for the purpose of positioning the weld seam before reshaping the tube into squares and rectangles....

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Ultrasonic tube drawing system produces improved ID finish

July 17, 2015

Sonobond Ultrasonics offers a tube drawing system and components designed to accommodate manufacturers of fine metal tubing used in syringe needles, as well as for medical devices and tubing products used in industries to transport critical fluids. With this ultrasonic system, high-frequency...

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