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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LVD, AltaMar agree to merger of operations

September 21, 2015

LVD Co. nv, Gullegem, Belgium, and AltaMar, Fridley, Minn., have entered into an agreement providing for the operational merger of the companies to combine sales, service, production, and R&D facilities. The agreement will expand the product offerings and market reach of both companies and...

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Inflatable purging system withstands temperatures to 1,400 degrees F

September 21, 2015

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® has developed the HotPurge™ inflatable tube and pipe purging system for heat-treated chrome steel pipe joints, handling temperatures as high as 1,400 degrees F. The purge can be continued safely for up to 24 hours while preheating, welding, and postweld...

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Unison to provide all-electric tube bender to Byers Precision Fabricators

September 17, 2015

Unison’s new North American support office in Asheville, N.C., has received its first order. The company will deliver a dual-head, all-electric CNC tube bending machine to Byers Precision Fabricators Inc. of Hendersonville, N.C., a producer of components and assemblies made from sheet and tubular...

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Fast-inflation purge system designed for large pipe diameters

September 9, 2015

Aquasol Corp. has introduced the Opti-Purge® fast-inflation purge system for welding pipes 48 to 84 in. dia. The one-piece system comprises two outer rings and a hollow connector that inflates to create an impermeable seal within the pipe wall. To facilitate rapid purging of large pipes, the...

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Don’t be drawn in by an offer too good to pass up

September 3, 2015

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Evaluating a new lubricant for drawing tube can be a lot of work, but breaking it down into a series of small evaluations can make it easier to manage. A complete trial involves applying the lubricant, drawing the tube, removing the lubricant, and disposal.

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A little fabricator grows up

September 2, 2015

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Under the stewardship of founders Larry and Gloria Dlouhy, Superior Tube Products grew from a small proprietorship into a midsized fabricator. It is entering its 25th year in business with a new management style, a new strategy, and a new outlook on the future.

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Making joint design, equipment choices for successful orbital GTAW

September 1, 2015

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Orbital welding is a straightforward concept, but the many choices in joint design and equipment features can turn even a simple orbital welding project into something complex. Industry veteran V. John Jusionis discusses three common joint designs and several key equipment features to produce a successful outcome.

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Saar-Hartmetall launches expanded website

August 31, 2015

Saar-Hartmetall USA, Covington, Ky., a subsidiary of Germany-based parent company Saar-Hartmetall GmbH, has launched a new and expanded website at www.shmusa.com. The new website presents the company’s three main product lines: tube and pipe scarfing tools, bar and wire peeling tools, and...

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Tube and pipe weld purging system prevents oxidation

August 31, 2015

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® has introduced the PurgElite® tube and pipe purging system. Designed for use when welding tubes and pipes such as stainless, duplex, and chrome, the system purges the internal bore with an inert gas to prevent oxidation and discoloration and to ensure a good...

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Tube bending machine features swiveling bending head

August 27, 2015

Lang Tube Tec offers a new, fully electric, CNC tube bending machine with automatic change of bending direction. The 25CNC-EMR R/L features a swiveling bending head and shifting of the clamping unit and pressure die support to achieve short cycle times. According to the company, this provides a...

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Electroslag cladding provides alternative to standard cladding techniques

August 25, 2015

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Cladding, often used in manufacturing or repair, is a good way to conserve an expensive alloy. Weld cladding techniques can be manual or automated. A conventional automated technique is submerged arc strip cladding (SASC), but this isn’t the only process. Electroslag strip cladding (ESSC) is a viable alternative.

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Business as usual versus a change for good

August 25, 2015

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Columnist George Winton discusses a way to combine two operations into one seamless process by adding a drill to a CNC tube bender.

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Bending one bumper at a time

August 25, 2015

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When Grant Mallicote’s father had a bumper-crumpling collision on the family’s ranch, Grant figured he could save his dad a few dollars by fabricating a replacement bumper. He used some tube, plate, a welding torch, and some ingenuity to make a bumper, and eventually it became a bumper business, Bodyguard Truck Accessories.

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Factory Pipe moves into new California facility

August 24, 2015

Factory Pipe LLC has moved into its newly renovated 140,000-sq.-ft. facility in Ukiah, Calif., from its previous 40,000-sq.-ft. facility. The company manufactures exhaust systems for the motorsports industry and is a Tier 1 supplier to several...

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Harvesting a bumper crop of bumpers

August 24, 2015

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When Grant Mallicote’s father had a bumper-crumpling collision on the family’s ranch, Grant figured he could save his dad a few dollars by fabricating a replacement bumper. He used some tube, plate, a welding torch, and some ingenuity to make a bumper, and eventually it became a bumper business, Bodyguard Truck Accessories.

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