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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Coolant designed for pipe threading process

March 24, 2015

Quaker Chemical Corp. offers QUAKERCOOL® 750 TP coolant fluid for the pipe threading process. The mineral oil-free microemulsion provides lubrication, short-term corrosion protection, clean rinsing, and a wide water-quality tolerance. The coolant resists microbiological growth and does not contain...

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Cold saw designed for high-volume sawing of steel tubes

March 18, 2015

Pat Mooney Saws offers the Matic 315 CM 1B fully automatic circular cold saw designed for high-volume sawing of steel tubes. The machine comes standard with an automatic loading system that includes an automatic bundle loader capable of running long production runs. A heavy-duty pivoting saw...

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Electric bender cuts lead times, scrap rate

March 12, 2015


Former toolmaker Toolspec Manufacturing Co. has transitioned over the years to become a fabricator, and over the years acquired 14 hydraulic benders. The machines are capable but require lengthy tool changeovers, hours of programming time, and substantial expertise to maintain bend consistency. It recently invested in two all-electric machines, benders that don’t have these issues.

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Burr Oak Tool launches new website

March 12, 2015

Burr Oak Tool Inc., Sturgis, Mich., has unveiled a redesigned website at Visitors can explore product videos and brochures, white papers, and webinars. In addition, processes have been streamlined for locating company representative contact information and requesting information on...

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Epic Piping to build headquarters, pipe fabrication plant in Louisiana

March 5, 2015

New pipe fabrication company Epic Piping has announced it will build its national headquarters and a $45.3 million, 200,000-sq.-ft. plant in Livingston, La. According to the firm, the plant will create 560 full-time jobs. The plant, expected to be completed in Q2 2016, can be expanded to...

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Laser tube cutting system cuts tube diameters up to 8.625 in.

February 25, 2015

BLM Group USA has introduced the model LT8 laser tube cutting system. The 3-D CO2 laser tube cutting machine cuts tube diameters up to 8.625 in. and a bar weight up to 1,000 lbs. The unit, equipped with a tilting, +/-45-degree head, provides for 5-axis cutting and ultrahigh-speed piercing, allowing...

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BK Edwards Fabrication and Welding to expand in Mississippi

February 19, 2015

BK Edwards Fabrication and Welding has announced plans for an expansion at its facility in Maben, Miss. The $70,000 project will create 18 new jobs, bringing employment at the facility to approximately 50. The family-owned and -operated firm fabricates and welds a variety of stainless steel...

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Teaching: A metal fabricator’s secret sauce

February 17, 2015


Bob Moehlman has welded pipe for more than 50 years, including 30 years at Superior Pipe Fabricators, a Los Angeles-based shop he helped launch in 1984. The shop’s success hasn’t come by using the latest and greatest pipe welding technology, but instead through teaching—showing the inexperienced employees the ropes, developing their talent, and giving them a career.

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Pipe weld purging system designed for tubes up to 24 in. dia.

February 16, 2015

For producing zero-color, nonoxidized weld roots, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques Limited HFT® offers PurgExtra™ for the weld purging of tubes and pipes from 1 to 24 in. dia. According to the company, the product complements the PurgElite® series, but also has extra purge gas inlets and...

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TPJTV: Chicago Tube & Iron

Presented by TPJ - The Tube & Pipe Journal®

Length: 4:11

TPJ-TV host Eric Lundin interviews Mark Sowka, vice president of Chicago Tube & Iron's Engineered Products Group, about the company's ASME-code pressure boiler work.

Cutting ring system helps prevent pipe slippage

February 9, 2015

Voss Fluid GmbH has developed a new, patented cutting ring system: the VOSSRing with preassembly stud. The system provides maximum leakage protection and prevents installation errors on pipe connections in hydraulic systems. The ring cuts steel and stainless steel pipes. Its material, geometry,...

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Bertolini celebrates sixth anniversary of Tennessee facility

February 6, 2015

On Feb. 2 the Bertolini Inc. facility in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., marked the sixth anniversary of its opening and production start-up. Opened on Feb. 2, 2009, the 120,000-sq.-ft. facility houses a metal tube bending and welding department, a powder coating department, and an upholstery department, in...

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GMAW system made for piping applications

February 5, 2015

The Lincoln Electric Co. has introduced an orbital GMAW system suitable for industries such as pipeline, construction, and process piping. The system is driven by the APEX® 3000 mechanized controller and pairs with the HELIX® M85 weld head and track ring. Each component in the system can...

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Unison to deliver tube bending machinery to Supercraft

February 2, 2015

Unison has won an order for tube bending machinery from precision aerospace engineering company Supercraft for the expansion of operations at its new manufacturing facility in Brough, U.K., in preparation for contracts recently secured from aerospace customers. The order comprises an Evbend...

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Miura Mfg. to seek GSA, expand to service federal agencies

January 28, 2015

Rockmart, Ga.-based Miura America Co. Ltd. has announced plans to expand sales of its on-demand boiler systems by applying for a General Services Administration (GSA) schedule and actively pursuing federal contracts. The boilers produce steam in 5 min. using a floating-head design that can...

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