Tube and Pipe Production Articles

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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Mastering the tool selection process

October 11, 2001 | By Baicheng Wen

Need a tutorial on how to select the proper tube mill tooling for all kinds of jobs? Getting the right tools in place for a particular product can make a world of difference in the final product.

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Taking the troubles out of tube mill tooling: Preventing and solving some common problems

October 11, 2001 | By Chris Miller

This article discusses the prevention of problems associated with tube mill tooling, touching on maintaining tooling, as well as troubleshooting common problems that may arise during the tube production process.

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Making seamless tubing with a floating mandrel mill

September 17, 2001 | By Ray Miller

Every six seconds, a single, 32-foot length of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) production tubing used in the exploration and production of oil and/or gas is produced. More than 20,000 miles of tubular product a year can be produced using the floating mandrel mill seamless tubular production...

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Examining tube mill roll tooling, setup, and maintenance

September 17, 2001 | By Dan Ventura

In today's competitive market, two of the most important considerations for high-quality production are proper roll tooling setup and mill alignment.

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Skiving strip edges for tube and pipe producing

September 4, 2001 | By Austen B. Barnes

Edge treatment of coil strip before it enters a tube and pipe mill, called skiving, is a rapidly advancing technology. Improving the coil edge before it is welded helps increase the quality of the seam join and helps prevent rejected tube or pipe.

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Accumulating strip before the mill

September 4, 2001 | By Rick Costello

Figure 1:Strip can be stored in a deep pit, where it will hang in a loop.In simple terms, a strip processing line consists of a device to hold a supply coil of strip and a device to perform an operation to convert the flat coiled strip into a product.In tube mill operations, a supply coil is...

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Maintaining an RF tube and pipe welding generator

September 4, 2001 | By Ed Kurtz

This article separates the RF generator into seven major subassemblies and then gives tips for finding and preventing problems in each subassembly.

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Presenting coil to a tube mill

September 4, 2001 | By Lee Kothera

Tubemakers looking to improve operations at the front of the mill should consider factors such as coil preparation before feeding it into the tube mill—end joining, removal of overthickness, burr up/down condition, and accumulation.

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Boosting efficiency in solid state welders

September 4, 2001 | By H. Arthur Link

This article, reprinted from the January/February 1999 issue of TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal, is based on excerpts from Thermatool Corp.'s "High Frequency Pipe & Tube Welding Manual."

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Solving problems on the tube mill

August 16, 2001 | By Robert Sladky

Tube mill operators face a variety of challenges every day in their efforts to produce high-quality tubing in a cost-effective and productive way.

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Do your tubes seam good enough? Using eddy current testing to make sure

August 16, 2001 | By Tim Brown

Eddy current testing offers several features that makers of welded tube may find to their liking—in particular, high throughput speeds and sensitive flaw detection.

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Achieving faster, more efficient tube mill changeovers

July 26, 2001 | By Robert Sladky

Tube mill changeovers involved more than just tooling. Fast changeovers require control over many variables (entry equipment, side pass stands, and so on). Above all, two factors are critical in fast, consistent setups: regular maintenance of the mill and tooling, and reliance on written procedures.

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Inline gauge control in welded tube production: Reducing conversion losses

July 26, 2001 | By W.B. "Bud" Graham

Reducing scrap when converting strip to finished tube is a huge step in bettering your bottom line.

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Laser welding of stainless pressure tubes

July 12, 2001 | By Frank Fenton

Not all laser welded tubes are created equal. Know what to look for in the final product to ensure that you're buying quality and not just an imposter.

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Exploring the welded tube making process: The basics for fabricators

May 30, 2001 | By Henry Niedzwecki

This article is aimed not at tube producers, but at fabricators of tubing, to provide an overview of the process.

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