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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Unison completes environmental and quality accreditation

August 7, 2007

Unison, Scarborough, U.K., has achieved ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system and ISO 9001 accreditation for its quality-management systems.The company designs and manufactures all-electric tube bending...

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Veridiam acquires Allied Swiss Screw Products

August 7, 2007

Veridiam, San Diego, has acquired Allied Swiss Screw Products, Oceanside, Calif.Veridiam is a provider of EDM services; milled and turned components; welded and drawn tubing; metal and tubular components; and assemblies. The company's products and services are used in aerospace, nuclear power,...

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Tube bending

Constant radius or variable radius?

July 10, 2007 | By Sabine Neff

While rotary draw bending is the mainstay of the tube bending industry, variable-radius bending is making some headway. Variable-radius bending offers many advantages, primarily more sophisticated bends and faster cycle times. However, it has limitations, too. A main one is that an initial bend must be a minimum of approximately 15 degrees.

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Flux-cored wires suitable for high-pressure steam, gas piping

July 10, 2007

Hobart Brothers Co. offers low-alloy, gas-shielded, flux-cored wires suitable for high-pressure steam and gas piping, boiler manufacturing, and certain casting applications.Designed for steels containing 1.25 percent chrome and 0.5 percent molybdenum, the TM-81B2 and TM-811B2 wires can be used...

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Noncontact tube measuring, inspection system developed

July 10, 2007

AddisonMckee has developed AddiCheck, a noncontact tube measuring and inspection system. The software is suitable for midmarket tube-manipulation companies.The system includes a portable workbench, an optical probe attached to a recently designed five-axis digitally encoded measuring arm, a...

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AddisonMckee wins manufacturing award

July 10, 2007

AddisonMckee, Lebanon, Ohio, has been awarded the World-Class Manufacturing Award as part of The Manufacturer Awards 2007. The Manufacturer is a resource organization for manufacturers, and its awards are presented annually.AddisonMckee was the single recipient of the World-Class award, one of...

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Staging of 2008 Tube China announced

July 10, 2007

Messe Düsseldorf has announced the Shanghai New International Expo Center will host Tube China Sept. 23-26, 2008. Messe Düsseldorf China will organize the event.Planned exhibit categories include tube manufacturing machinery; raw materials; tubes and accessories; used machinery;...

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Ohio Gratings hires architect specialist

July 10, 2007

Ohio Gratings Inc., Canton, Ohio, has hired Jason Richter as its architect specialist.Richter manages architectural sales accounts; monitors quality standards through sales, detailing, and production; and assists promotion of the architectural metal products division. Most recently he was a project...

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OMNI-X celebrates 20th anniversary

July 10, 2007

OMNI-X Inc., Englewood, Colo., celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.Since 1987 the company has designed and manufactured consumable mandrels, wiper dies, and simple and complex multistack compound bending dies. The family-owned business has grown from a three-man operation, and now has...

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Anodizing process

Top five questions about anodizing architectural tube

July 10, 2007 | By Tammy Schroeder

Anodizing combines with nature to create one of the world's best metal finishes. It is the process of electrochemically controlling, accelerating, and enhancing oxidation of an aluminum tube, creating a durable, scratch-resistant coating on the surface comparable to a sapphire. Architectural anodize finishes are limited to certain colors, and it is impossible to produce a perfect color match. Perform as much bending and forming as possible before finishing.

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Tube unloader

Tube fabricator, machine tool builder automates to accelerate

June 12, 2007 | By Dan Davis

Stealth Manufacturing Inc., Savage, Minn., is a tube fabricator, and machine tool builder that automated its tube punching, laser cutting, and material handling to improve the efficiency of manufacturing its gas heater tubes and other tubular products.

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Protective welding sleeve introduced

June 12, 2007

Torch Wear® has introduced its X-Treme welding sleeve, featuring a three-layer design to provide protection.Applications for the sleeve include carbon-arc, sub-arc, spray-arc, and heavy-arc welding, as well as pipe and heavy GTAW and standard GMAW. The sleeve exceeds Hazard Risk Category 4...

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Polyurethane spring designed for I/O jaw tooling

June 12, 2007

Eagle Precision Technologies Ltd. has introduced a polyurethane spring—called a peanut—for its range of I/O jaw tooling.The patent-pending spring is designed for placement between each segment of the I/O jaw. Filling the space between the jaws helps to eliminate cavities in which oil...

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Rotary cut-to-length machine has servo-positioning, inline end-form unit

June 12, 2007

J&B Industries has added to its product line a rotary cut-to-length machine with a servo-positioning, inline end-form unit.The unit has servo-driven feed and pull-apart mechanisms. The end-form unit provides 3.5 tons of hydraulic force for tubing up to 0.750 in. OD. Simplified controls are designed...

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Adjustable attachment bends to 2 in. dia. bars

June 12, 2007

Piranha offers an adjustable bar-bending attachment to its ironworkers to allow bending of round bars from to 2 in. dia.The fixture, which includes all required tooling, bends up to 90 degrees on the company's...

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