Selected articles from March 2006 issue published on TheFabricator.com:
A study of executives at several tube and pipe fab shops revealed that the executives and managers are ensnared by four potential traps: talking instead of doing, failing to see the big picture, avoiding listening, and failing to communicate.
Innovations and new developments in rotary tube and pipe cutting, such as high-speed cutting, minimal heat generation, special holding collets, and automatic loading, trim and sorting have reduced or eliminated time required for secondary operation, improved efficiency, and reduced costs.
Have you ever started with what you thought was a good tube, ended with a bad bend, and wondered where you took a wrong turn?
To make a complex heat exchanger shell, a company produces a prototype model using the hydroforming process, analyzing fatigue, thinning, and cycle times to decide if the process will prove to be cost-effective.
If you're making flawed tube or pipe, don't blame the material. You need to start by examining every aspect of the mill. Only after verifying that the mill is in good working order can you turn your attention to the raw material.
Have you ever started with what you thought was a good tube, ended with a bad bend, and wondered where you took a wrong turn? Correcting for defects requires some detective work, and an understanding of the bending process. This article examines tube defects and offers fixes.
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