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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Superior Tube celebrates 80th anniversary

September 23, 2014

Collegeville, Pa.-based Superior Tube, a manufacturer of precision tubing, celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2014. The company’s products are used in a variety of industries, including aerospace, power stations, oil and gas extraction, and medicine. Founded in 1934, the company is a pioneer...

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Electric end forming machine offers extended stroke

September 22, 2014

The 1001EL end forming machine from Wauseon Machine and Mfg. Inc. is a single-hit end former with an electric servo-driven ram and an extended 8 in. of stroke. The extended stroke makes the machine suitable for shell, coupling, or bead locking since the entire process can be completed in a single...

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HF tube mill line offered

September 16, 2014

Universal Tube & Rollform has announced the availability of a complete 6- by 0.276-in. high-frequency tube mill line. It comes with a coil car, shear end welding machine, horizontal accumulator, five-roll flattener, forming mill, sizing mill, squaring mill, and three sets of tooling. It is...

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Schuler announces order for complete spiral pipe mill

September 12, 2014

Schuler has received a major order for delivery of a spiral pipe mill from Tuberías Procarsa, subsidiary of Industrias CH S.A.B. de C.V., based in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico. The company will use the offline spiral pipe machine to produce large steel pipes with diameters from 20 to 88 in. and...

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True Temper Precision Industrial Division launches new website

August 29, 2014

True Temper Sports’ Precision Industrial Division, Memphis, Tenn., has launched a new website at The site is designed to provide customers and members of the industrial tubing market simplified access to information about the company’s drawn-over-mandrel (DOM) carbon...

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USITC releases decision on import of OCTG

August 25, 2014

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). Washington, D.C., has determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from India, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam that the U.S....

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Superior Tube decreases lead-times with new draw mill process

August 18, 2014

Collegeville, Pa.-based Superior Tube Co., a manufacturer of small-diameter precision tubing for safety-critical applications, has reduced its lead-times from 30 weeks to six weeks, in some cases, by implementing a pull system as part of a reconfiguration of its draw mill processes. The...

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Asmag USA announces order for 10-roll straightener

August 14, 2014

Tube manufacturing machinery and equipment producer Asmag USA Inc., Schaumburg, Ill., has announced receipt of an order for a 10-roll straightener for steel tubes with a handling system. The RRM-pro 220/10 precision straightener can handle steel tubes from 1.9 to 8.625 in. OD and up to 0.5 in....

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Superior Tube appoints aerospace market manager

August 12, 2014

Collegeville, Pa.-based Superior Tube Co., a manufacturer of small-diameter precision tubing for safety-critical applications, has appointed Wade Burchell as aerospace market manager. Burchell previously held director-level sales and marketing positions with a number of aerospace businesses. His...

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Alamo Tube to build OCTG pipe mill/finishing facility in Texas

July 25, 2014

Alamo Tube Co. has announced plans to build what it says is the country’s first tubing-specific OCTG pipe mill and finishing facility in Elmendorf, Texas, targeted to service growing demand for U.S. oilfield tubing. The plant will produce downhole tubing from 1.5 to 3.5 in. in all weights and...

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Rafter ships pipe mill upgrade

July 23, 2014

Strongsville, Ohio-based Rafter Equipment Corp. has shipped an RT-5500 weld squeeze box for a North American OCTG pipe producer. The box is part of an upgrade to the customer's existing HFI pipe mill. It is sized for up to 7.00-in.-OD by 0.375-in.-wall HSLA steel pipe. The design includes...

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Burr Oak Tool partners with KSM

July 14, 2014

Sturgis, Mich.-based Burr Oak Tool Inc. has entered a partnership with KSM LLC of Smolensk, Russia, making KSM responsible for sales of coil manufacturing machines, tube processing machines, and replacement parts to CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and Baltic countries. Burr Oak Tool...

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Registration opens for Pipe & Tube Houston 2014

July 10, 2014

The Tube & Pipe Association International® (TPA), Rockford, Ill., and the International Tube Association (ITA), Germany, are joining forces to host their fourth world-class conference devoted to updating seamless and welded tubular product technology and processes, scheduled for Sept. 16-18, 2014,...

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GF Piping Systems expands West Coast presence

July 2, 2014

Georg Fischer LLC, part of Switzerland-based Georg Fischer Ltd.'s North American Piping Systems business unit, has expanded from its Tustin, Calif., location to a new facility in Irvine, Calif., nearly double in size. The company, known as GF Piping Systems, supplies piping systems and...

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Tube producer opens doors to new markets, controls costs with laser welding

June 30, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

A niche tube producer that formerly used GTAW exclusively, Esta Rohr began changing over to laser welding in 2005. The change is now complete, with substantial changes. The company has reduced its number tube production lines from five to three, but its output has increased tremendously. Meanwhile, laser welding has allowed it to cut some costs, helping its products compete against others.

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