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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Pipe saw comes in battery-operated version

July 16, 2015

The PipeCut 170E pipe saw from Exact Pipe Tools cuts all types of material, including ductile iron. The 5.7-lb. saw has a six-speed control, constant torque, and automatic fuse and cuts 0.6- to 6.7-in.-dia. pipes with steel wall thicknesses of 0.31 in. The interchangeable Diamond X, cermet (for...

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Orion Drilling Co. has rigs, will travel

July 16, 2015

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Before purchasing a 3-D CNC cutting system from HGG, oil rig builder Orion outsource quite a bit of its work. In addition to being at the mercy of its subcontractors’ lead times, Orion had to deal with their quality, which often wasn’t sufficient. The machine has been such a productivity enhance that Orion estimates the ROI period to be one year.

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Falcon Steel boosts transmission pole production

July 15, 2015

Falcon Steel is expanding its in-house transmission pole production capacity to meet increasing demand for steel pole structures in power-delivery applications. The company has added five pole section fitting and welding stations at its Haltom City, Texas, facility and launched a process...

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Surround Technologies, Advanced Flow Systems expand manufacturing capacity

July 13, 2015

Maple Ridge, B.C.-based Surround Technologies and its sister company Advanced Flow Systems, part of AdvanTec Global Innovations, have added equipment and staff to double their manufacturing capacity to meet increasing customer demand in the areas of custom enclosures, pipe welding, and industrial...

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Tube bender designed for small-batch production

July 6, 2015

Innovative Tube Equipment Corp. offers the Unison EvBend 2000 rotary draw tube bender for producing precision tubular parts in small volumes. Target sectors for the new machine, which can bend tube diameters of up to 2 in., include shipbuilding and oil and gas. The machine combines manual...

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Unison opens North Carolina service and sales office

July 2, 2015

All-electric tube and pipe bending machine manufacturer Unison has opened a direct service and sales office in Asheville, N.C. The U.K.-based company serves such markets as aerospace, automotive, marine, energy, oil and gas, and custom...

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Mills Products to supply handles for KitchenAid ovens

July 1, 2015

Brentwood, Tenn.-based metal fabricator Mills Products Inc. has begun manufacturing complete appliance handle assemblies for Whirlpool Corp.’s new line of KitchenAid® ovens and refrigerators. The new handle design is a round stainless steel tube with a decorative pattern. The handle is...

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Antirust machine applies protective oil to pipes, profiles

June 30, 2015

Kent Corp. offers DieTronic antirust machinery for the tube and pipe and stamping industries. The LCP antirust machine enables inline application of protective oil onto the surface of pipes and profiles. Oil is applied proportionally to mill speed by the encoder feedback circuit, which measures...

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Keeping it together at 330 MPH

June 29, 2015

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Top Fuel races are a dazzling sight, covering 1,000 feet in little more than 3 seconds. The drivers get the glory and the engines get the attention—they develop approximately 10,000 horsepower—but underneath the car’s exterior is a marvel of modern engineering: a tubular chassis that somehow holds together through 4G of acceleration during the race and the even harsher 5G of deceleration when it’s over.

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CenterLine Precision Tube Bending receives performance award

June 25, 2015

CenterLine Precision Tube Bending, Dublin, Calif., has received an award from a longtime customer for performance in 2014, recognizing its quality, delivery, and service. The company manufactures custom tubular parts that are used in a variety of industrial and technical applications. Processes...

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All-electric CNC tube benders hold four sets of bend tools at once

June 25, 2015

Horn Machine Tools Inc. has introduced a line of all-electric CNC benders from 2- to 10-in. capacity. The clamp and pressure die are equipped with large electric servomotors. The Quad Stack design allows the user to mount up to four sets of full-size bend tools at once. This permits rapid...

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Machine punches holes in opposing walls of tubing

June 24, 2015

Multicyl Inc.® offers a double horizontal tube punching machine. The unit punches holes in the opposing walls of a tube or extrusion. Both holes are positioned and aligned correctly every time and punched in seconds, the company...

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Fabricators flying ultralights

June 24, 2015

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Most people who own ultralight aircraft buy them fully assembled, but this isn't the only option. U-Fly-It, DeLand, Fla., lets the buyer be the builder if he's handy and has about two weeks to spare.

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Mathey Dearman appoints Equipment Corps as certified service center

June 22, 2015

Mathey Dearman Inc., Tulsa, Okla., a manufacturer of pipe cutting and beveling machines and pipe alignment and re-forming clamps, has partnered with Equipment Corps, Stoney Creek, Ont., to participate in its certified service center program. The program provides factory-quality inspection, repair,...

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Burr Oak Tool forms partnership with OTS

June 18, 2015

Sturgis, Mich.-based Burr Oak Tool Inc., a manufacturer of production machinery for the heat transfer and tube processing industries, has formed a partnership with Optimized Thermal Systems Inc. (OTS), College Park, Md., a provider of research, experimentation, and development in the HVAC and...

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