Tube and Pipe Production Articles

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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Plotting for success

October 23, 2003

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The butler slipped through the pantry area with the warm milk and, after adding some arsenic, served the beverage to his master. The butler had been gradually increasing the amount of arsenic over many months, so the change in the milk's taste wasn't noticeable. Soon the mistress and her nefarious servant would be rid of the one thing stopping their affair.

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Measuring tube as it grows and shrinks

August 28, 2003

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We always have some confusion at our house concerning desserts. My wife claims that I like only two kinds of pie: hot and cold. Well, she is mostly right. My favorite is cherry, and I love it served either hot or cold. Here's our family recipe—you be the judge. Grandma's Cherry Pie Ingredients:...

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Minimizing wall thickness variation in seamless tubing

August 28, 2003

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All mechanical steel tubing has some amount of wall thickness variation. Wall variation in welded tubing results from the strip manufacturing and tube welding processes. Seamless tube, which is created from a hot billet of solid steel, has wall variation that results from tooling wear, bearing and shaft variation, and normal hot-process variation. The wall thickness in seamless tubing varies in the cross section and along the tube's length.

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Roll form tooling tryout and troubleshooting

May 29, 2003

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The secret to developing successful roll tooling—whether for tube production or roll forming—and achieving maximum roll integrity is a simple but often overlooked notion: a comprehensive approach.

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Solving the mysteries of the fin pass—Part 2

May 15, 2003

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Editor's Note: This article is the second part of a two-part series about fin passes. Part I discusses their location, what they do, and how they do it. Part II focuses on troubleshooting.

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Solving the mysteries of the fin pass—Part 1

April 10, 2003

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The fin pass was not the first time your father gave you five bucks for your allowance. The fin passes are those forming passes that immediately follow the breakdown or initial forming stages on a tube mill. Their role is paramount in the successful final presentation of the formed tubular section to the welding process.

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Coil joining criteria for tube and pipe mills

March 13, 2003

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A coil end joiner, shear welder, end welder, coil splicer, strip welder, shear and end welder, or butt welder—whatever you call it, it performs the same simple task coil after coil: It quickly shears strip ends, butts them, and provides a smooth ductile weld so that the newly joined coil can pass through a tube mill.

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Don't lose your bearing!

February 27, 2003

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It's Monday morning after a long holiday weekend, and the first shift is starting with a bang. The slit coil supplier is late with your delivery, the second-shift maintenance person has called in sick, the mill operator is going to be late to work, and you wish you were still at the beach with the family.

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The process of contoured tubing manufacturing

February 28, 2002

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This article discusses the importance of new technology in the roll forming industry, especially in welded contoured tubing. The author discusses the process of welding contoured tubing all the way through to the end product.

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Using flowformed titanium alloy seamless tubes in production

February 14, 2002

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Lots of strength, lots of uses: Ti-6AL-4V, combined with the flowforming process can make sense for a wealth of industrial and consumer applications.

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Using existing tooling for new product applications

November 29, 2001

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The article outlines factors for consideration when changing material type, grade, coatings, efficient speed requirements, specialty shapes, etc. Special consideration is given to the difference in speed between the minor relief angle and the root diameter.

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Tooling, the key for mill production

November 29, 2001

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This article discusses three main criteria that govern tube mill tooling—design, materials used in their construction, and alignment of tooling on the mill. Discusses advancements in design due to CAD technology; experimental use of ceramic and plastic materials for making tooling; and the use of subplates and interchangeable components to ease tube mill alignment.

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Comparing single-cut and dimple-free tube mill cutoffs

October 25, 2001

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This article covers the application of single-cut and dimple-free cutoff shear technologies as they are applied to contemporary high-speed tube mills.

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Increasing tube mill welding speed: Examining technology for tube producers

October 25, 2001

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This article reviews processes that were technological advances in tube welding years ago but still have a bearing on how tube producers do their jobs today.

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Taking the troubles out of tube mill tooling: Preventing and solving some common problems

October 11, 2001

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This article discusses the prevention of problems associated with tube mill tooling, touching on maintaining tooling, as well as troubleshooting common problems that may arise during the tube production process.

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