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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High speed cutting tools

High-speed cutting, end-finishing

April 10, 2007 | By Kate Bachman

Leading Edge Hydraulics improves tube cutting efficiencies with a high-speed cutter, plus integrated end forming for its fluid power tube manufacturing.

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Turning a machine shop into a fabrication shop

April 10, 2007 | By Eric Lundin

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.

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Hitch feed saw automatically loads, trims, cuts, sorts

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 loading attachment.Both systems allow the saw to automatically load, trim, cut, and sort lengths up to...

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Strainer protects piping system components

March 13, 2007

Eaton Filtration LLC's Model 50 duplex basket strainer is designed to protect piping system components, such as meters, pumps, and instrumentation, from damage and helps prevent unscheduled downtime, the company says.The strainer, which runs continuously, removes unwanted particulate matter from...

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Automated tube bender

Reducing tube bending cycle times

March 13, 2007 | By Sabine Neff

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.

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Safeguarding tube benders with laser scanners

February 13, 2007 | By Steve Aamodt

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.

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Multipurpose beveling machine offered

February 13, 2007

CS Unitec's beveling machine bevels, deburrs, and chamfers steel, stainless steel, nonferrous metals, and brass.The compact, lightweight machine is designed to be used with two interchangeable milling cutter heads that offer a choice of two beveling angles: 30 degrees or 45 degrees. A...

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Machine automatically deburrs one end of part

February 13, 2007

Kent Corp. has introduced a new Burrmaster deburring machine to automatically deburr one end of a part.The Rotomat utilizes a 12 in. dia. by 6 in. wide brush. The brush spins downward at 2,000 RPM, and the entire brush head rotates on its axis at 60 RPM. This action quickly deburrs an end of a...

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Interactive tube connector Web site launched

February 13, 2007

Parker Instrumentation has launched a Web site dedicated to its permanent tube connection technology for higher pressure applications, Phastite.The site, www.parker.com/phastite/, provides information intended to help instrument and piping engineers understand what the 20,000 PSI rated technology...

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Metal-cored electrode designed for cast irons

January 9, 2007

Select-Arc's 2216-C metal-cored electrode is designed to weld cast irons that demand increased strength at relatively higher temperatures. It is suitable for joining cast irons to alloy and carbon steels.The electrode features a 41 percent nickel-containing alloy with added stabilizers and yields a...

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Deburring machine works with large-diameter, short-length tubing

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 in. to 60 in., and wall thicknesses from 0.125. 0.750, the machine has quick adjustment mechanisms...

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Heavy-duty chop saw has keyless blade system

January 9, 2007

DeWALT, has introduced its D28715 heavy-duty 14-in. 5.5 max motor HP chop saw with a quick-change keyless blade change system.The saw has a large stamped steel base and pivot bracket for added durability to withstand jobsite abuse. The base enables users to weld custom out-feed tables to the base...

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Eagle Precision introduces new warranty program

January 9, 2007

Eagle Precision Technologies Ltd., a provider of tube bending and forming systems, has introduced a new 5-year warranty program.The warranty covers new machinery, including the company's line of CNC tube benders, end formers, and muffler...

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Tube bending software upgraded

December 12, 2006

Unison has launched a new version of its Unibend Control Software.The software now includes Graph Analysis, a function that captures data on the torque values that each machine axis applies during a programmed tube bending operation. By comparing the torque data required to bend new material...

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Push-to-connect fittings are silicone-free, weld spatter-resistant

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 polymer and are designed for use with the company's Microweld tubing.Fittings are available in...

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