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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Mercury Tube Products acquires Oakley Industries

April 1, 2013

Mercury Tube Products, a producer of small-diameter stainless and nickel-alloy tubing in Englewood, Colo., has announced the acquisition of Oakley Industries, also of Englewood. Mercury Tube produces 300 series, 400 series, E-BRITE®, INCOLOY® alloy, INCONEL® alloy, C-276®, MONEL®, and...

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T&H Lemont acquires large-diameter, 5-axis turning center

March 13, 2013

T&H Lemont, an Inductotherm Group company in Countryside, Ill., has installed a Hwacheon Hi-Tech 850YMC CNC turning center. The new machine expands the company's overall diameter and length capabilities to hard turn and finish products up to 45 in. dia. and up to 100 in. long. The lathe...

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Stretching, reducing on a tube or pipe mill - TheFabricator.com

Stretching, reducing on a tube or pipe mill

March 7, 2013

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The forge-welding process is one of the most efficient methods of making tube and pipe from 1/2 to 24 in. diameter, but it’s not limited to this range. An ERW mill’s capability can be expanded by adding a cold-stretch-reducing section, allowing it to make smaller diameters.

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Rafter ships tube mill with entry equipment

February 27, 2013

Rafter Equipment Corp., Strongsville, Ohio, has shipped a new, custom-built RT-3000 tube mill to a U.S. automotive supplier for the production of 5-in.-OD, light-walled tubing. For quick-change capability, the mill is rafted and includes a spare raft set for offline tool changes. Also included is a...

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Tenaris to create 600 jobs in Texas

February 27, 2013

Tenaris has announced plans to build a $1.3 billion steel pipe manufacturing facility in Bay City, Texas, creating 600 jobs. The 1-million-sq.-ft. facility will include a state-of-the-art seamless pipe mill, heat treatment, and premium threading facilities. Upon completion in 2016, the mill is...

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Kent opens Mexico service center, starts up two strip accumulators

February 25, 2013

Kent Corp., North Royalton, Ohio, has opened an office in Monterrey, Mexico — a partnership between Kent and the newly formed Piecsa Equipment & Consumables. Piecsa will provide sales and service of new and used Kent equipment to the Latin American market. The company also will manufacture...

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Free event offers students chance at internship opportunities

February 11, 2013

Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group, a producer of steel tubular products and HSS, will host its annual DFI Student Day on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at the Atlas Pipe Piles Chicago manufacturing mill. Atlas Tube and the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) welcome engineering students to the mill...

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High-performance, high-speed happiness - TheFabricator.com

High-performance, high-speed happiness

February 1, 2013

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After realizing he was spending too much time traveling, risk management consultant Hank Padilla decided to take a dramatic career detour. He did some vocational coursework and opened a fabrication shop, serving the local area (Littleton, Colo.) with precision tube bending and GTAW for roll cages and exhaust systems.

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Rafter Equipment appoints new staff

January 24, 2013

Rafter Equipment Corp., Strongsville, Ohio, has announced a number of new staff appointments. Daniel Whitehill, formerly vice president of engineering, has been named president. He has been with the company since 1994. Walter Krenz, formerly the president of the company, continues to provide sales...

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Tube, pipe producer executes 3-phase improvement plan - TheFabricator.com

Tube, pipe producer executes 3-phase improvement plan

January 18, 2013

In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, Trinity Products devised a trinity of improvements: worker knowledge and skills, equipment upgrades, and management training. Assisted by Lincoln Electric in selecting equipment and developing its training programs, the company doubled its throughput from 2,000 to 4,000 tons per month.

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Roll-Kraft updates online strip width calculator for tube and pipe producers

January 16, 2013

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, has upgraded the tube and pipe strip width calculator that is available on www.roll-kraft.com. Users now can execute calculations directly from a web browser or mobile device without having to download any files. The website features two calculator functions. One...

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Roll-Kraft produces tube, pipe floating flange roll video

January 4, 2013

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, a provider of tooling to the tube and pipe industry, has added a video to the company website that features floating flange rolls for the tube and pipe production industry. Floating flange rolls are designed in several pieces. As they are positioned on the stand, the...

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Plymouth Tube employee named Chicago CFO of the Year

November 17, 2012

Plymouth Tube Co.'s Dave Barnes has received the 2012 Chicago CFO Of The Year® Award, Mid-Size Private Company category. The competition was hosted by Financial Executives International (FEI)-Chicago Chapter. The award is presented to a senior financial leader who has made significant...

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Wheatland Tube names general manager for fence, galvanized mechanical products

November 7, 2012

Wheatland Tube Co., Chicago, a division of JMC Steel Group, has announced that David Devine has joined the company as the general manager for fence and galvanized mechanical products. Devine has more than 19 years of experience in the mechanical tube market. Most recently he served as national...

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Benteler Steel/Tube selects Louisiana for U.S. expansion

November 5, 2012

Benteler Steel/Tube has announced it will build a new hot rolling tube mill in Caddo, La., strengthening the company's position in the North American oil country tubular goods (OCTG) market. The facility — a total investment of nearly $900 million — will be the company's first U.S. production...

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