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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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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Wagner adds quality supervisor

February 12, 2008

The Wagner Companies, Milwaukee, a manufacturer of handrail fittings and metal products for architectural and industrial applications, recently added Debra A. Emmer as a quality supervisor.Emmer is responsible for implementation, maintenance, and continuous improvement of the quality processes...

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Warren Steel Holdings completes vacuum tank degasser

February 12, 2008

Warren Steel Holdings, Warren, Ohio, announced that it completed the hot commissioning of its vacuum tank degasser and related systems.The system is fully operational, and the company has begun shipping degassed material to its customers. The low-pressure environment of the degassing operation...

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orbital welding

Welding more with less

February 12, 2008 | By Michael Bishop

With the gap between new projects and available welders only expected to widen, welding companies have to make up the difference by utilizing machines that can compensate for the labor shortage and maximize the productivity of available welders. New developments in orbital welding technology are helping companies address these tasks. Today orbital welding equipment incorporates production monitoring and analysis capabilities and is designed to be simpler to use. In continuing to advance the technology, welding equipment suppliers probably will take more of an integrated approach, tackling projects using automation and machines that combine preparation and welding operations into a comprehensive tool.

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Messe Dsseldorf, ZAO Expocentr plan Tube Russia 2008

January 15, 2008

Tube Russia 2008, an international tube and pipe trade fair, is scheduled to run May 27–30 at the ZAO Exhibition Center in Moscow. The event will be organized jointly by Messe Dsseldorf and ZAO Expocentr, with the support of the International Tube Association (ITA). Exhibit categories will...

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FABTECH hosts 31,000 visitors, covers 461,627 sq. ft.

January 15, 2008

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show at McCormick Place in Chicago hosted more exhibiting companies and covered more exhibit space than any previous FABTECH. Filling 461,627 sq. ft. of booth space, the show attracted nearly 31,000 visitors from more than 75 countries, a 27 percent...

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