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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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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Independence Tube reopens after tornado damage

May 3, 2012

One year after sustaining major damage from an EF-5 tornado, the Decatur, Ala., location of Independence Tube Corp. has re-opened for business. The company produces structural steel tubing at locations throughout North America....

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EFD Induction acquires Electronic Heating Equipment

April 25, 2012

EFD Induction, Skien, Norway, has announced its acquisition of Electronic Heating Equipment (EHE) Inc., a supplier of impeders, coils, scarfing equipment, and related products to tube and pipe manufacturers. EHE founder John Wright will continue as managing director of the Washington state-based...

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Schuler acquires ATIS GmbH - TheFabricator.com

Schuler acquires ATIS GmbH

April 19, 2012

Schuler AG, based in Göppingen, Germany, has acquired ATIS GmbH, Deggenhausertal, Germany, an engineering firm specializing in turnkey systems for large-pipe production. ATIS will provide Schuler with experience and knowledge in the planning, development, delivery, and modernization of...

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Tube 2012 presents record number of exhibitors

April 12, 2012

The recent staging of Tube 2012 International Tube Trade Fair, in Düsseldorf, Germany, closed with record exhibitor numbers and increased visitor participation. A total of 1,184 exhibitors from 48 countries showcased their products in 527,400 sq. ft. of net exhibit space — an increase of 9.4...

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TMK IPSCO begins development of new Canadian facility

March 22, 2012

TMK IPSCO, the North American division of global pipe manufacturer TMK, is developing a new, 33,000-sq.-ft. pipe threading and service facility in Edmonton, Alb. The plant's production equipment will thread ULTRA™ Premium connections, from 4.5 to 13.375 in. The site also will offer a full line of...

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When, where, why to use nondestructive testing methods - TheFabricator.com

When, where, why to use nondestructive testing methods

March 9, 2012

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The type of inspection needed for piping systems depends on which code or standard is invoked for the project. Understanding the order inspection requirements can make or break a contractor. This article should shed some light on the various pitfalls that can be avoided by understanding the relevant testing requirements.

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Welspun to add 200 jobs in Little Rock

February 27, 2012

For the second time in its three-year history of operation in Arkansas, international pipe manufacturer Welspun Corp. Ltd. has announced it will expand again, adding 200 jobs and investing an additional $100 million in its Little Rock, Ark., facility, the company's first large-diameter pipe...

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Zhejiang Kingland orders spiral pipe welding line

February 22, 2012

Zhejiang Kingland Pipe Industry, province of Zhejiang, China, has ordered offline spiral pipe welding equipment from PWS GmbH, Germany, an SMS Meer company. The integrated system will consist of a spiral pipe forming and tack-welding machine for forming and initial welding of hot-rolled steel...

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Plymouth's Eupora mill receives Producer of the Year Award

February 22, 2012

Plymouth Tube Co. has announced that its Eupora, Miss., precision steel tubing mill has received the 2012 American Metal Market (AMM) award for Welded Tube and Pipe Producer of the Year. The AMM Awards for Steel Tube and Pipe Excellence were established to recognize innovative companies across...

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Hot sizing mill handles API pipe - TheFabricator.com

Hot sizing mill handles API pipe

February 20, 2012

Brandt Engineered Products Ltd. has introduced a new hot sizing mill to accommodate a variety of specifications. Designed for maximum throughput, it is equipped with three stands positioned 90 degrees to each other that are adjustable electronically from the operator’s station. Each roll...

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