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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Fabricator rides new wave of interest in hydroforming - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator rides new wave of interest in hydroforming

October 8, 2012

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Founded in 2003, American Hydoformers Inc. arrived on the scene a little too late to catch the first big wave of interest in hydroforming. A few automobile manufacturers had been oversold on the technology and were cautious to continue to convert parts to hydroforming, but AHI didn’t stumble and fall. Wise investments in equipment gave the company a unique and thriving position in the industry.

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Synalloy's Metals subsidiaries awarded $10.5 million in fabrication, pipe contracts

September 21, 2012

Synalloy Corp., Spartanburg, S.C., a producer and fabricator of stainless steel and carbon pipe and piping systems and producer of specialty chemicals, has announced that its Synalloy Metals subsidiaries have been awarded two international projects. Synalloy Fabrication's Ram-Fab unit, Crossett,...

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Watermill Group acquires Fine Tubes, Superior Tube

September 18, 2012

Private investment firm The Watermill Group, Lexington, Mass., has acquired Fine Tubes Ltd. in Plymouth, U.K., and Superior Tube Co. Inc. in Collegeville, Pa., from Superior Group Inc., a privately owned industrial holding company. Watermill will help the two metal tubing manufacturing companies...

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Synalloy acquires Palmer of Texas

September 4, 2012

Synalloy Corp., Spartanburg, S.C., a producer and fabricator of stainless steel and carbon pipe and piping systems, as well as specialty chemicals, has purchased the stock of Lee-Var Inc., dba Palmer of Texas. In recent years Palmer's business has been focused on providing fiberglass and steel...

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Tube producer beats the heat with portable cooling units - TheFabricator.com

Tube producer beats the heat with portable cooling units

September 3, 2012

Many industrial processes generate quite a bit of heat, so keeping workers cool is a top priority. Wheatland Tube Co., Wheatland, Pa., added portable cooling units to lower the temperatures in its galvanizing and cutting areas. This initiative increased the time workers spend in these areas and eliminated heat-related incidents.

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Plymouth Tube Co. announces staff additions

August 29, 2012

Plymouth Tube Co., Warrenville, Ill., has named David Crouch as general manager at its Salisbury, Md., seamless stainless steel tubing plant. He has 18 years of experience in the copper, brass, and steel tubing industry and the textile industry. Crouch has previously served as quality and process...

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Synalloy to acquire Palmer of Texas

August 21, 2012

Synalloy Corp., Spartanburg, S.C., a producer of stainless steel pipe, fabricator of stainless and carbon steel piping systems, and producer of specialty chemicals, has entered into an agreement to acquire Palmer of Texas, a manufacturer of liquid storage systems and separation equipment for the...

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TMK IPSCO to move corporate headquarters to Houston

August 21, 2012

TMK IPSCO, the North American division of global pipe manufacturer TMK, will be moving its corporate headquarters from Downers Grove, Ill., to Houston. "Houston is the hub of the global oil and gas industry; it’s important for the company to be positioned there to facilitate relationships with...

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Nippon Steel joint venture to establish company in Mexico

August 13, 2012

Nippon Steel Corp., Sumitomo Pipe & Tube Co. Ltd., Sumitomo Corp., and Metal One Corp. have established a joint-venture company in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, to build a manufacturing and sales base for automotive steel pipes and tubes. Approximately 2.6 million four-wheeled automobiles were...

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Turnkey systems produce spirally welded, longitudinally welded large pipe

July 16, 2012

Schuler offers turnkey systems for large-pipe production, designed to meet demand in natural resource extraction applications. Systems for producing spirally welded and longitudinally welded pipes are available. For the production of spirally welded large pipes, both online and offline processes...

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Quality control for tube, pipe producers - TheFabricator.com

Quality control for tube, pipe producers

July 16, 2012

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Years ago tube and pipe producers relied mainly on eddy current testing and ultrasonic testing for detecting short- and long-duration weld faults, respectively. These testing systems are still useful and in many cases required, but the spread of electronic technology has provided many more types of testing equipment for use on tube and pipe mills.

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Webco opens new plant in Oklahoma

June 12, 2012

Metal tube manufacturer Webco has opened a 210,000-sq.-ft. plant in Sand Springs, Okla. The $55 million facility is dedicated to producing carbon steel tubing. The company employs about 900 people at plants in Oklahoma, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas....

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Taming two weld beads - TheFabricator.com

Taming two weld beads

June 8, 2012

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The essential tube and pipe production processes on a weld mill haven't changed much since the 1920s. Some new processes are available, such as laser welding, and the line speeds are faster, but much else hasn't changed. One factor that has undergone some change is how the weld bead, also known as scarf and a stringer, is handled. The conventional method was to wind it up as it came off the tube, but OD scarf choppers reduced operator exposure to this strand of red-hot, razor-sharp metal. Similcut has taken safety a step further by introducing a self-feeding OD chopper and wheelless, cantilevered ID chopper.

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Dakota Tube to double workforce

May 24, 2012

Dakota Tube, Webster, S.D., has announced plans to hire 30 new workers. The company, a manufacturer of hydraulic tubing, currently employs 29 people....

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Thermatool installs cutoff system for new Allied Tube mill

May 10, 2012

Thermatool Corp. has installed an Alpha Mach 3 cutoff system for a new mill at Allied Tube and Conduit, a brand of Atkore International, in Caxias do Sul, Brazil. The machine cuts high-tensile-strength tube and pipe with blades of high-speed tool steel. It cuts 1008/1010 low-carbon steel with wall...

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