Tube & Pipe Fabrication

From Days to Minutes

To dramatically shorten design-to-manufacture time, this advanced 3D simulator unveils powerful real-time visualization with collision detection that speeds tube bending program development so that shops can optimize their computer-controlled bending machines.
Tube & Pipe Fabrication: Articles

Superior Tube Secures AS9100 Certification

This certifies the company's design, manufacture, maintenance and distribution quality systems for aerospace applications.

Superior Tube Appoints Aerospace Manager

Wade Burchell, Superior Tube  "I am excited by the challenge of growing our global position in the aerospace market and by the ‘can do’ attitude of the employees and the leadership team. I believe my background and experience will enable me to make a real contribution to our growth objectives."
Wade Burchell is now responsible for growing the precision tube business for safety critical applications in aerospace markets.

Rattunde Opens New Facility

Rattunde president Rick Stadler cuts the ribbon to officially open the company’s new facility in Caledonia.  He is flanked by Martin Proksch (l) and Ulrich Rattunde (r), both directors from the parent company in Germany, along with local team members. Stadler’s sons hold the ends of the ribbon for their dad.  
The new 30,000 sq ft manufacturing plant in Caledonia will initially build tooling for its bar and tube stock fabrication machinery systems.

Superior Tube Invests in ECM Equipment

The Everite Ultracut Electrochemical Tube Cutoff Machine will enhance quality, ensure squaring accuracy and increase plant cutting capacity.

Vallourec Wins Order for Chinese Nuclear Power Plant Tubes

The fabricator will supply 1 mm thick nickel-alloy tubes for nuclear reactors Fuqing 5 and 6 to obtain its qualification for the new ACP1000 Chinese reactor design.


Tube & Pipe Fabrication: Products

Apollo Appoints Cole-Tuve as Exclusive Distributor

Apollo machines offer great speed and accuracy (2 holes per second; up to 300,000 holes with a single punch, and as little as 0.2 mm from the first to the last hole on a tube 3 m long). Material can be placed in the machine manually and then processed automatically, or fed automatically from a bundled storage component and processed through the machine in as little as one meter per second.
Cole-Tuve will sell their High-Speed CNC Tube & Pipe Punching and Drilling Machines in the U.S. and Canada.

Small Diameter Tubing for HVAC

The coil designs of the heating and air conditioning industry have evolved with the conversion to smaller diameter tubing; moving from 3/8 in and 5/16 in to 7 mm and now 5 mm as manufacturers continue to experiment in order to reduce manufacturing and raw material costs, as well as improve performance and efficiency.  
Evolving with the conversion to smaller diameter tubing, Burr Oak Tools has worked with the HVAC industry to create a press design with tube processing and fin handling capabilities needed to achieve a more-cost efficient air conditioner.

2D Laser for High-Speed Tube & Pipe Cutting

The Tube Gear is equipped with a triple chuck system which minimizes warp and material vibration, allowing for higher accuracy and faster processing speeds compared to double chuck systems. The additional chuck and the machine’s rigid construction ensure superior cutting precision for material up to 24 ft long.  
The Tube Gear 2D laser-cutting machine from Mazak Optonics can process  thin-walled round and rectangular tube and pipe with diameters of up to 6 in.