The Tube & Pipe Journal became the first magazine dedicated to serving the metal tube and pipe industry in 1990. Today, it remains the only North American publication devoted to this industry and it has become the most trusted source of information for tube and pipe professionals.
March 6, 2017 | By Eric Lundin
Taking inventory of any sort of item is a monotonous task that kills productivity and saps morale, and tube and pipe are especially challenging. Scott Ross learned a thing or two about inventory control at one of the most inventory-intensive companies in the world, Amazon, and has brought some of his knowledge and experience to the tube and pipe industry through his company, Invictus Inventory.
March 6, 2017 | By Mike Thomas
Tube bending has advanced remarkably over the last 30 years or so, both in the technology available and forming knowledge. Few industries have done as much to innovate as aircraft, and other industries have benefited, especially automotive.
March 6, 2017
In its efforts to train welders consistently and deliver products on time, Team Industries Inc. looked for welding equipment that would minimize training time and maximize consistency. It discovered three Miller products that helps it achieve these goals.
March 6, 2017 | By Eric Lundin
Just as hydroforming was “discovered” in the late 1980s or early 1990s, as it transitioned from just a few specialized industries into more mainstream manufacturing segments, another, related process is forging a similar path: Hot metal gas forming. Similar to hydroforming, but performed at elevated temperatures, it does many of the things hydroforming once did – forms difficult shapes and complex shapes, reduces part weight, exhibits less wall thinning than some competing processes – but takes them further because it works with more pliable material.
January 20, 2017 | By Eric Lundin
When mechanical contractor J.C. Cannistraro found that it was having trouble keeping up with the construction boom in the Boston area, it went looking for a better way to do things. Operations Manager of Plumbing Joe Mierzejewski thought that its cutting and collaring operation was a bottleneck and set his sights on improving the process.
November 22, 2016 | By Eric Lundin
When industrial filter and filter housing manufacturer Filter Technology Inc. had one too many late and substandard shipments of steel components, it took matters into its own hands and started cutting pipe and making plate components using a band saw and machining centers. Then its staff went to FABTECH and saw a Soitaab plasma machine with a bed for flat parts and chucks for pipe.
November 21, 2016 | By Mike Nelson
Scarfing tools are prone to chipping and breakage caused by mechanical vibrations and thermal shocks. Understanding the causes of these problems is the first step in extending scarfing tool life.
November 21, 2016 | By Chiranjib K. Mukherjee
Tube producers and fabricators make and use tubing that conforms to a particular manufacturing standard, but few standards specify grain size. Knowing the role that grain size plays is a crucial first step in understanding how a fabrication process succeeds or fails.
November 21, 2016 | By Eric Lundin
Shopping cart manufacturer Technibilt has been incorporating automation little by little over the last few decades, but recently took a big step when it solicited bids for a transfer system that would bend and punch tube to make shopping cart frames.
October 28, 2016
Situation Ferrita Sweden AB, Köping, Sweden, specializes in stainless steel exhaust systems, mainly for passenger cars. The company has an international reach, making systems for brands from all over the world. It also makes systems for niche models—the Chrysler Viper, Maserati GranTurismo,...
October 26, 2016 | By Martin Tellez
Environmental concerns and the associated legislation have put quite a bit of focus on volatile organic compounds and solvent-based coatings. Water-based coatings are making substantial headway in providing viable alternatives that perform well.
October 26, 2016 | By Z. Kent Li
The staff at TMK-IPSCO instituted a study of OCTG products using finite element analysis. The purpose was to study and analyze forming behavior as the material progressed through the mill, with an additional benefit of evaluating the load at each mill stand to improve the mill performance and tube quality.
October 25, 2016 | By Rick Jackson
Laser cutting machines brought a big leap in productivity to the metalworking market when they were introduced, providing holemaking, cutting, coping, and other capabilities on a single machine. However, this isn’t the only factor in a laser machine’s productivity. The time it takes to load and unload material has a big effect on cycle times and warrants close attention to maximize the machine’s output.
October 24, 2016 | By Eric Lundin
Tube production is always a matter of juggling a great number of balls at once and dealing with relentless competitive pressure. For companies that provide tube for automotive applications, the risk of a recall is an additional burden. Longtime auto industry supplier Middletown Tube Works found a diagnostic tool that assists its eddy current system in evaluating the tube production process.
August 29, 2016 | By Eric Lundin
James Steel & Tube isn’t the biggest, most high-profile tube producer, but because it is a small company, it is extremely versatile. It has gone through several transformations since it was founded in 1961, and under the guidance of current president Jim Petkus, it is going through another transition.