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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Minimizing effort, maximizing distance

July 21, 2015 | By Eric Lundin

A golf club shaft looks like an ordinary tube, but it’s not. Quite a bit of engineering goes into manufacturing the tube and drawing it so it has the optimal characteristics—lightweight without being flimsy and elastic enough to pack a wallop. Editor Eric Lundin interviewed Scott Cokeing, director of engineering and global quality True Temper Sports, about one of the company’s manufacturing processes, variable wall technology.

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Pipe saw cuts ductile iron pipe

July 17, 2015

The PipeCut 360E from Exact Pipe Tools Inc. cuts through ductile iron, multilayer-material, steel, stainless steel, acid-resistant steel, and copper pipes. Features include a two-stage motor speed control, constant torque, soft start, and automatic overload protection. The machine can cut 3- to...

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Davi delivers plate roll to Saudi Arabia pressure vessel builder

July 16, 2015

Davi has installed a 10-ft. by 2.75-in. plate roll machine in Saudi Arabia. The four-roll machine is used to manufacture tanks and pressure...

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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 | By Eric Lundin

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 | By Eric Lundin

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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