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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Welding zirconium and zirconium alloys Part I

October 12, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the first installment of a three-part series on welding zirconium. Part I addresses metallurgy, weld preparation, and shielding techniques. Part II covers welding technique. Part III discusses additional methods of joining refractory metals.

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Orbital welding power source redesigned

October 12, 2004

Magnatech's digital Pipemaster Model 515 has been redesigned and is half the size and weight of previous models. Digital technology provides improved accuracy and reliability, the company says.The...

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AddisonMcKee expands field service support in Mexico

September 14, 2004

AddisonMcKee Inc. has announced that Enrique Ramos has joined the company as a field service engineer to provide local technical support for Mexico.Ramos has a mechanical engineering degree from the...

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WAFIOS acquires tube bending machine manufacturing rights

September 14, 2004

WAFIOS AG, Reutlingen, Germany, has acquired the manufacturing rights to the tube bending machine product line of TRUMPF Rohrtechnik GmbH + Co. KG (formerly Pulzer Biegetechnik GmbH), Reutlingen.The...

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Thinking about an equipment upgrade?

September 14, 2004

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Products change, and so do manufacturing methods used to make products. In the tube and pipe industry, however, manufacturing changes have been few and infrequent over the past few decades.

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Lean times call for mean tactics—Part 1

September 14, 2004

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Ron Stange looks back on his 50 years in the tube-bending industry and provides his insight on the one thing tube bender operators must know to be successful: Ironclad rules for successful bending do not exist. Tube bender operators must start with guidelines and incorporate their own experience to be successful.

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Tips for welding preparation

August 10, 2004

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The increasing use of advanced equipment and applications (such as orbital welding for high-purity systems) requires better weld preparation. A thorough understanding of equipment, tool bits, and materials—including advanced alloys—helps to achieve better end prep.

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Software introduced for EMI of pipe

July 13, 2004

PITCO™, a division of Scan Systems Corp., has introduced DIGI-PRO™ electromagnetic inspection (EMI) software for the pipe industry. The software is designed to be either an integral part...

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Orbital GTAW head designed for low-clearance applications

July 13, 2004

Orbimatic GmbH has introduced the M34 weld head to its range of orbital GTAW weld heads. Designed for applications with low radial clearance, such as tubes in boilers and rotary dryers, the heads can...

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Bending and handling tube

July 13, 2004

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Three main types of tube bending equipment are dedicated, CNC, and automated bending cells. Understanding the advantages of each is crucial to deciding which type to purchase.

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Is your bend good enough?

July 13, 2004

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Bending tube or pipe so the finished product conforms to one of two bending standards can help to reduce rejects and improve relations between fabricators and their customers. The standards can facilitate the use of bending terms, and promote an understanding of bending tolerances and acceptable defects before starting a bending project.

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Welding station designed for tube, pipe prefabrication

June 8, 2004

The Tiger welding station from Orbimatic is designed for tube and pipe prefabrications. The station incorporates a clamp located on an Easi-Glide X-Y slide. The clamp rotates to allow 45-degree and...

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Industry experts discuss state of manufacturing, steel prices at TPJ Symposium

June 8, 2004

The second annual TPJ Symposium, which was held Feb. 18-20 in Orlando, Fla., was an industrywide gathering of executives and managers from the tube production, tube fabrication, and equipment...

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Weld head designed for welding tubes to tube sheets

May 4, 2004

Orbimatic's P16M orbital GTAW head can be used for welding tubes to tube sheets for applications such as boilers, heat exchangers, and economizers. The weld head uses a mandrel, which is inserted into...

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Orbitform appoints engineering manager, senior proposal engineer

May 4, 2004

Orbitform Group has appointed John W. Cook as engineering manager and John Guerrera as senior proposal engineer.With more than 37 years' experience in custom-designed automation machinery, Cook is a...

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