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Manufacturing cell creates extremely short, straight lengths after bending, forming

July 14, 2015

The t motion automated manufacturing cell from transfluid® Maschinenbau GmbH is designed for the production of short-elbow tubing sections for use in car radiators and air-conditioning units. The cell enables the coil to be handled directly. In the first manufacturing stage, the tubing (from...

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Minimizing scrap on laser welding mills

July 9, 2015 | By Eric Lundin

Laser welding on a tube or pipe mill wouldn’t be very effective without a good control system. Eric Lundin interviewed TRUMPF to learn about the capabilities of the company’s SeamLine and SeamLine Pro systems.

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Steel Tube Inc. announces expansion

June 17, 2015

Steel Tube Inc., Statesville, N.C., has announced plans to double its capacity to deliver steel tubing products to customers in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. The 32,000-sq.-ft. expansion is necessitated by the demand for UV- and corrosion-resistant mechanical and structural steel tubing. The...

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Rattunde hosts open house at new facility

June 10, 2015

Rattunde Corp., a Germany-based manufacturer of finished-length tube and solid bar production systems, held an open house on May 13-14 at its 30,000-sq.-ft. facility in Caledonia Township, Mich., near the company’s previous location in Grand Rapids. The plant houses the North American sales...

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ASMAG acquires OCN

June 8, 2015

Austria-based ASMAG has acquired machine engineering company OCN, Udine, Italy. OCN produces machines and equipment for the metals industry, specializing in extrusion run-out systems and drawing machines for brass, copper, aluminum, and steel tubes and bars. ASMAG manufactures equipment for...

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Troubleshooting, traceability for tube, pipe producers

June 2, 2015 | By Pierre Huot

The adage “two heads are better than one” can be applied to tube and pipe mill monitoring systems. Monitoring the forming process is a good idea, and monitoring the welding process is too, but using a combination system that measures both yields additional benefits.

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Equipment produces three-, five-layer composite pipe

May 29, 2015

THE Machines Yvonand SA offers composite pipe production lines for three- and five-layer construction. The equipment can be supplied in metal-plastic, plastic-metal, and plastic-metal-plastic configurations. All current alloys are employed, from aluminum to steel, as well as copper alloys and...

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Best coolant practices make perfect

May 28, 2015 | By Steve Lowery

Taking all of the necessary parameters into consideration when designing a tube or pipe mill can be a big task, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The main considerations include all of the cooling system capacity and location, the type of coolant, the filters and skimmers to be used, and local water quality. Making these decisions early, and incorporating them into the mill’s design, maximizes the cooling system’s efficiency.

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Roll-Kraft opens facility in Texas

May 22, 2015

Mentor, Ohio-based Roll-Kraft has opened its fourth location, Roll-Kraft Texas, in East Houston. The 12,000-sq-.ft. facility is equipped with CNC machines from Mori Seiki to meet customers' rework tooling needs in a variety of roll diameters. The company also offers in-house tube and pipe and...

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Measuring weld heat to evaluate weld integrity

May 14, 2015 | By Dr.-Ing. Volker Schauder

Eddy current and ultrasonic testing are suitable for tube and pipe mills and have been used for weld seam flaw detection for decades, but a new process, thermography, is an alternative. By measuring the heat signature of the weld seam as it cools, it provides information about weld integrity at and below the surface.

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Choosing a welding process for tubular profiles

May 14, 2015 | By Mark Prasek

Roll formers that want to branch out to welded profiles need to know about the main welding processes – GTAW, laser, and induction. This article compares and contrasts each process so roll formers can determine which is best for particular applications.

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Schuler completes preassembly of spiral pipe mills for customers in Saudi Arabia, Mexico

May 13, 2015

Schuler has announced it has completed preassembly of two spiral pipe mills: one for Tuberías Procarsa, a manufacturer of steel pipes based in Mexico, and the other for Group Five Pipe Saudi Ltd. Tuberías Procarsa will use the offline spiral pipe line to produce large pipes with diameters of...

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Ametek acquires Global Tubes

May 8, 2015

Ametek Inc., Berwyn, Pa., a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, has acquired Global Tubes, a manufacturer of high-precision, small-diameter metal tubing. Global Tubes—which comprises Fine Tubes, based in Plymouth, U.K., and Superior Tube, based in...

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Xiris signs NDT Technologies as agent in India

May 8, 2015

Xiris Automation, Burlington, Ont., has signed NDT Technologies Ltd. as its exclusive distributor in India of Xiris products for the tube and pipe and welding industries, including the WI2000p postweld inspection system and the XVC weld camera product line. A distributor of NDT and inspection...

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Spiral pipe welding automation drives productivity

April 23, 2015 | By Don Schwemmer

To meet demand from the petroleum industry, spiral pipe producers have turned to advanced automated systems to ramp up production

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