Tube and Pipe Production

The tube and pipe production technology area encompasses mills and all of the equipment that makes a mill run successfully: tooling, welding units, nondestructive testers, bundlers, scarfing equipment, straighteners, scrap choppers, and washing systems.

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Troubleshooting, traceability for tube, pipe producers

June 2, 2015 | By Pierre Huot

The adage “two heads are better than one” can be applied to tube and pipe mill monitoring systems. Monitoring the forming process is a good idea, and monitoring the welding process is too, but using a combination system that measures both yields additional benefits.

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Equipment produces three-, five-layer composite pipe

May 29, 2015

THE Machines Yvonand SA offers composite pipe production lines for three- and five-layer construction. The equipment can be supplied in metal-plastic, plastic-metal, and plastic-metal-plastic configurations. All current alloys are employed, from aluminum to steel, as well as copper alloys and...

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Best coolant practices make perfect

May 28, 2015 | By Steve Lowery

Taking all of the necessary parameters into consideration when designing a tube or pipe mill can be a big task, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The main considerations include all of the cooling system capacity and location, the type of coolant, the filters and skimmers to be used, and local water quality. Making these decisions early, and incorporating them into the mill’s design, maximizes the cooling system’s efficiency.

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Roll-Kraft opens facility in Texas

May 22, 2015

Mentor, Ohio-based Roll-Kraft has opened its fourth location, Roll-Kraft Texas, in East Houston. The 12,000-sq-.ft. facility is equipped with CNC machines from Mori Seiki to meet customers' rework tooling needs in a variety of roll diameters. The company also offers in-house tube and pipe and...

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Measuring weld heat to evaluate weld integrity

May 14, 2015 | By Dr.-Ing. Volker Schauder

Eddy current and ultrasonic testing are suitable for tube and pipe mills and have been used for weld seam flaw detection for decades, but a new process, thermography, is an alternative. By measuring the heat signature of the weld seam as it cools, it provides information about weld integrity at and below the surface.

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Choosing a welding process for tubular profiles

May 14, 2015 | By Mark Prasek

Roll formers that want to branch out to welded profiles need to know about the main welding processes – GTAW, laser, and induction. This article compares and contrasts each process so roll formers can determine which is best for particular applications.

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Schuler completes preassembly of spiral pipe mills for customers in Saudi Arabia, Mexico

May 13, 2015

Schuler has announced it has completed preassembly of two spiral pipe mills: one for Tuberías Procarsa, a manufacturer of steel pipes based in Mexico, and the other for Group Five Pipe Saudi Ltd. Tuberías Procarsa will use the offline spiral pipe line to produce large pipes with diameters of...

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Ametek acquires Global Tubes

May 8, 2015

Ametek Inc., Berwyn, Pa., a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, has acquired Global Tubes, a manufacturer of high-precision, small-diameter metal tubing. Global Tubes—which comprises Fine Tubes, based in Plymouth, U.K., and Superior Tube, based in...

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Xiris signs NDT Technologies as agent in India

May 8, 2015

Xiris Automation, Burlington, Ont., has signed NDT Technologies Ltd. as its exclusive distributor in India of Xiris products for the tube and pipe and welding industries, including the WI2000p postweld inspection system and the XVC weld camera product line. A distributor of NDT and inspection...

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Spiral pipe welding automation drives productivity

April 23, 2015 | By Don Schwemmer

To meet demand from the petroleum industry, spiral pipe producers have turned to advanced automated systems to ramp up production

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TimkenSteel commissions world's largest jumbo bloom vertical caster

April 20, 2015

TimkenSteel, a provider of alloy steel products and services, held an open house ceremony April 17 to celebrate the commissioning of its jumbo bloom vertical caster, the largest of its kind in the world, according to the company, at the Faircrest Steel Plant in Canton, Ohio. The $200 million...

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Addison Machine announces plans for new facility in Texas

April 17, 2015

Addison Machine Eng. Inc., Reedsburg, Wis., has announced plans to open a new roll tooling facility near Houston. According to the company, the expansion is spurred by the company’s growth in the OCTG market. This year is the firm’s 50th year in business serving the tube and pipe industry....

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T&B Tube to relocate to Indiana

March 31, 2015

T&B Tube Co. has announced plans to move from South Holland, Ill., to Gary, Ind. The move is slated for completion by the end of 2015. The company, which has 80 employees, produces welded steel tube and offers plating, cutting, and deburring...

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Superior Tube and Fine Tubes appoint sales manager

March 19, 2015

Superior Tube, Collegeville, Pa., and Fine Tubes, Plymouth, U.K., manufacturers of precision tubing for critical applications, have announced the appointment of Erik Latranyi as sales manager – Americas. Based at Superior Tube’s head office, Latranyi focuses on developing a stronger...

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T&H Lemont names program and marketing manager for Asian markets

March 13, 2015

Countryside, Ill.-based T&H Lemont, an Inductotherm Group company, has appointed Gavin Chen as program and marketing manager. His efforts focus on managing customer needs in Asian industrial markets and assisting with negotiations and project management for the firm’s pipe and tube technologies....

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