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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Better tube bending cuts production time, improves consistency for heavy equipment manufacturer

July 8, 2013

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After decades of using an old manual tube bender with no features, Kress Corp. took a huge leap in technology when it purchased a new bender with CNC, full-color interface, and stacked tooling capability. The result is a 10-fold productivity improvement.

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Fabricator brings smiles to Sunshine State - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator brings smiles to Sunshine State

June 28, 2013

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After his yacht-building business dried up in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, entrepreneur Scott Gerber decided to build a simple sculpture from tubing. Based on a basic stick figure, the first one was a fisherman. Gerber placed a few around town, encountered some interest, and suddenly a new business was born.

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Flaw detection system uses guided-wave technology - TheFabricator.com

Flaw detection system uses guided-wave technology

June 20, 2013

Olympus has introduced the UltraWave™ LRT, a flaw detection system that uses guided-wave technology to perform long-range inspections on pipes and pipelines. The NDT technique inspects and localizes areas of potential degradation, such as corrosion and metal loss. The technology is based...

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Cylinders handle difficult tube punching applications - TheFabricator.com

Cylinders handle difficult tube punching applications

June 18, 2013

Multicyl cylinders are suitable for custom tube piercing applications. Their compact design, positional versatility, and self-adjusting stroke enable radial punching, punching multiple tube walls, and punching tubes with challenging shapes. The machines require a supply of shop air. The company...

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E.H. Wachs adds videos to YouTube channel

June 17, 2013

E.H. Wachs, Lincolnshire, Ill., has announced that four new videos are available for viewing on its YouTube channel. The videos highlight products and tools designed to help project managers, welding contractors, and field machinists estimate production times; specify product; and learn more about...

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Tools, equipment help increase pipe weld prep accuracy

June 13, 2013

E.H. Wachs offers weld prep tools designed to cut, bevel, J-prep, counterbore, flange face, and single point pipes from 2 to 72 in. OD. They use a cold cutting process that eliminates the hazards related to torch cutting and grinding, which is important when volatile hydrocarbons are present. The...

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Machine combines 3-D pipe cutting, roller bed

June 12, 2013

HGG has introduced the SPC-RB CNC pipe cutting machine. The chuck-driven machine incorporates a roller bed, eliminating the need for a crane and making it suitable for use in pipe works, steel structures, and offshore structures. The combination of a roller bed and a chuck enables the user to...

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Freeform bending process handles large radii - TheFabricator.com

Freeform bending process handles large radii

June 6, 2013

Schwarze-Robitec has developed a freeform bending concept for all-electric tube bending machines in the CNC 40 E TB MR to CNC 160 E TB MR series. The technology allows the creation of large bending radii and variable-radius paths on tubes and profiles. The system achieves high repeat accuracy...

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New management team joins R&B Machining

June 6, 2013

R&B Machining Inc., a manufacturer of tube bending and end forming tooling, end forming machines, and automated systems in Wilmington, Ohio, has announced the recent addition of a new management team to lead a restructuring of its business. The company has appointed Joe Eramo as CEO, Mike...

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Unison receives order for largest all-electric pipe bender

June 4, 2013

Unison, Madera, Calif., has received an order from Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a supplier of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of two shipbuilders of nuclear-powered submarines for the U.S. Navy, for an all-electric CNC machine capable of bending large-bore tubing and piping up to 8...

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Nets to catch and protect - TheFabricator.com

Nets to catch and protect

June 3, 2013

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When Industrial Laser Systems was asked to fabricate a tubular frame for a military vehicle, it rose to the challenge to cut, makes some holes, bend, and swage the tube ends. The result is a tubular frame that is affixed to the outside of patrol vehicles; combined with Kevlar® netting, the system prevents explosive projectiles from hitting the vehicle, with great success.

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High-strength, wear-resistant special steels available in tubes, hollow sections

May 29, 2013

Ruukki has developed special steels for applications in which tubes or hollow sections are required. Raex 400 wear-resistant steel's martensitic, homogenous microstructure throughout the tube wall helps to provide long life for wearing parts. The cold-formed steel tube is nearly three times harder...

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Chicago Tube & Iron division GM named to college advisory council

May 28, 2013

Chicago Tube & Iron Co., Romeoville, Ill., has announced that Steve West, general manager of its General Line Fabrication Division, has been invited to join the Mechanical Production Technology Advisory Council of Joliet Junior College. The purpose of the council is to provide guidance to the...

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Tube fin removal tool peels rapidly for tube inspection - TheFabricator.com

Tube fin removal tool peels rapidly for tube inspection

May 23, 2013

The Fin MILLHOG® tube fin removal tool from Esco Tool is designed to peel back 4 in. of fin in less than 2 min. to permit rapid inspection and X-ray of the weld for quality control. Suitable for tube repair and replacement, this portable tool mounts rigidly in the tube ID, has no reaction...

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API product-maker installs Thermatool machines - TheFabricator.com

API product-maker installs Thermatool machines

May 22, 2013

Thermatool Corp., East Haven, Conn., has announced that a North American producer of API products has completed the installation of a 1,200-kW HAZControl™ technology, dual solid-state HF welding machine and three Thermatool® seam annealers. The welding machine can operate in induction...

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