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.
April 10, 2007
Senior Editor Eric Lundin traces the history of a machine shop-turned-fabricator. Founded in 1984 as Target Boring, the company changed from a machining shop to a fabrication shop when, in 1994, it purchased its first sheet and plate laser cutting system. Now named Target Laser & Machining Inc., it boasts three lasers for sheet and plate (two 2-D machines and one multiaxis machine) and one for cutting tube.
March 13, 2007
Scotchman® Industries CPO 315 fully automatic hitch feed cold saw provides uninterrupted cutting on tubing or solids. The CPO 315 HFA comes equipped with either a supply table or a full-bundle...
March 13, 2007
Because any multiple-step manufacturing process is only as fast as the slowest machine, fabricators interested in purchasing an automated tube bender might suddenly find his production line saddled with bottlenecks. It's necessary to analyze the entire production line and learn about the equipment that is available before automating the bending process.
February 13, 2007
Tube benders require safeguarding around the perimeter of the machine and area in front of the machine, where the tube is bent, and in the back where the tube is fed. Laser scanning devices offers several advantageous features. Because laser scanning is a noncontact method, it minimizes interference with the machine operation, and because the scanner mounts at the foot of the machine and out of the way of the tube bending action, it allows full access to the work area.
January 9, 2007
Kent Corp.'s Burrmaster model 10 automatically deburrs both ends of large-diameter, short-length tubing simultaneously.Capable of deburring tubing from 1.7 in. O.D. to 4.756 in. O.D., lengths from 2 ...
December 12, 2006
Parker Hannifin Corp.'s Prestoweld push-to-connect fittings are weld spatter-resistant and silicone-free.All fittings feature nickel-plated brass bodies and threads. Push buttons are made from UL94-V0...