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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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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AISI, STI/SPFA publish steel pipe design manual

January 15, 2008

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Washington, D.C., and the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA), Lake Zurich, Ill., jointly published a steel pipe design manual titled Welded Steel Pipe Revised Edition 2007.The manual focuses on the design of steel pipe...

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AWS acquires Mexican welding tradeshow

January 15, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, has entered into an agreement with Trade Show Consulting (TSC) to purchase Weldmex, the largest welding tradeshow in Latin America.Under the terms of the agreement, the AWS maintains primary ownership of Weldmex and assumes the rights to organize, promote,...

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Robotic tube bending cell designed for high-volume applications

December 11, 2007

Unison has developed Uni-vercell, an automated tube bending cell suitable for high-volume applications such as automotive. Available in North America through Horn Machine Tools, the cell is designed to provide a complete loading, end forming, bending, and vision inspection process in the footprint...

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Automatic sawing system cuts ferrous, nonferrous materials

December 11, 2007

The AMSAW® S300 automatic sawing system from Advanced Machine & Engineering Co., designed for cutting ferrous and nonferrous materials, has a capacity of 3 in. to 12 in. and utilizes saw blade diameters from 24 in. to 36 in.A 60-HP/4-kW spindle motor is provided with simplified controls. The...

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Automatic circular saw cuts aluminum, copper, brass

December 11, 2007

Kaltenbach Inc.'s SKL450NA automatic aluminum saw is designed for straight and miter cutting of aluminum profiles and solids, but also is capable of free-machining copper and brass extrusions and small solids.Maximum rectangular capacity is 4 in. high by 8 in. wide at 90 degrees. Operators can...

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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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