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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Tube bending machine

Understanding benders and bender applications

December 11, 2007 | By Sabine Neff

If you bend tube for a living, you have many choices when it comes to buying a new piece of bending equipment. Understanding how bending demands have changed over the decades and how bender manufacturers have responded are two key components in selecting the optimal bender for your particular application.

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End Forming Stainless Steels

End forming stainless steels

November 6, 2007 | By Herb Friedrich

Successful end-forming requires much more than designing the tooling and selecting a machine. Fabricators have many choices in tooling (substrate, temper, and coating) and in the end forming machine design. Investigating all the options is necessary for creating an efficient setup.

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Opaque gel formulated for tube bending applications

November 6, 2007

Metal Mates JL-12 is an opaque gel formulated specifically for tube bending applications. Users can pump or hand-apply the lubricant directly to the tube or bending mandrels to leave a clean coating on the mandrel that will not build up over time.Designed to stay where it is applied, the lubricant...

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Power transmission enhances tube, pipe bending

November 6, 2007

Soco's Direct Gear Transmission (DGT) technology for CNC tube and pipe bending machines, available in the U.S. through Advanced Fabricating Machinery, uses a system of power transmission from the electric servomotor to the bending shaft. According to the company, its power transfer is greater than...

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Ohio Gratings provides grating for Arundel Mills building

November 6, 2007

Ohio Gratings Inc. (OGI), Canton, Ohio, has provided aluminum LiteBar grating for use as a sunscreen above each window of the Arundel Mills building in Baltimore. The 19SGLI4 2-1/2-in. by 3/16-in. grating used for this type of application is strong, lightweight, and cost-effective, according to the...

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Magnatech names sales director

November 6, 2007

Magnatech, East Granby, Conn., has hired Scott Anthony as director of sales and marketing for the Western Hemisphere. Anthony has more than 20 years of senior-level sales and marketing experience with advanced motion control technology. Previously he worked for Gerber Scientific Inc., and most...

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Eagle supplies pipe bending equipment for nuclear application

November 6, 2007

Eagle Precision Technologies Ltd., Brantford, Ont., a designer and manufacturer of tube bending and end forming products, recently supplied equipment for a nuclear application. The company provided a 5-in.-capacity, multiradius bender; a heavy-duty rotary swager; and all of the associated tooling...

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Designing for laser cutting

October 23, 2007 | By Jeff Arendas

Designing for the laser cutting process optimizes what tube fabricators can achieve.

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High-nickel alloy intended for GTAW, GMAW, submerged arc welding

October 9, 2007

Arcos Industries LLC has introduced the bare-wire and covered-electrode versions of the Arcos 617 high-nickel alloy, used primarily to weld nickel-chromium-molybdenum base material and to join various dissimilar high-temperature alloys.Intended for GTAW, GMAW, and submerged arc welding, the bare...

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Automatic tank welding system designed to reduce welding time

October 9, 2007

Bug-O Systems offers the Girth Welder, an automatic welding system for tank fabrication applications.The self-propelled welding system can reduce field storage tank welding time up to 40 percent, the company reports. Designed to reduce welding defects, the system is suitable for inside and outside...

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Fluid connector line expanded

October 9, 2007

Parker Instrumentation has extended its line of push-fit fluid connectors for high-pressure industrial applications, offering eight new variants that allow the 20,000-PSI (1,379-bar) connector to be used on metric and imperial tubing sizes of 14 mm, 16 mm, 18 mm, 20 mm, 22 mm, 25 mm, 3/4 in., and 1...

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HMT Inc. appointed as exclusive U.S. distributor for CSM

October 9, 2007

Horn Machine Tools Inc. (HMT), Madera, Calif., has been appointed as the exclusive U.S. distributor for Chiao Sheng Machinery Co. Ltd. (CSM), Taiwan. HMT provides service and technical support for all CSM products, including its complete line of tube bending and fabricating equipment.HMT is a...

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FABTECH Intl. & AWS Welding Show returns to Chicago

October 9, 2007

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, the largest North American showcase of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology, will return to McCormick Place in Chicago Nov. 11 to Nov. 14.Cosponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS),...

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LAI named on Inc.list of fastest-growing companies

October 9, 2007

Inc. Magazinenamed LAI Intl. Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., a provider of contract manufacturing services, to its inaugural list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The magazine ranks companies based on revenue growth from 2003 through 2006.LAI's revenue jumped more than 76...

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CNC tube bending machine uses computer controls for complex bending

September 11, 2007

A CNC tube bending machine from Nissin, offered by North American distributor KGK International Corp., uses computer controls to produce complex bending angles and radii. The computer controls are used in place of conventional components such as rolls or bending dies.The machine's patented design...

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