Tube & Pipe Fabrication

Intelligent Bending

This plant heralded a complete shift to all-electric tube bending technology to meet huge demand for their new product with an integrated tube processing system that merges robotic handling of the material to bend extremely long tubing in very short cycle times and almost double their manufacturing output from 1,800 units to 3,500 units a day.
Tube & Pipe Fabrication: Articles

Speed and Precision in Chemical Plant Engineering

Tubes used to carry chemical substances require special high-strength double-walled materials that must be flanged and beaded. CNC tube bending machines with multi-stack bending tools can process different nominal diameters of these tubes on a single system without retrofitting efforts. With a multi-stack bending tool, up to 70 percent of the set-up time of market-based systems can be saved. (first view)
With investments in chemical plants expected to double over the next few years, here are some insights into selecting the right machines to efficiently manufacture enormous quantities of quality double-walled tubes from high-strength special materials that are often flanged and beaded.

Automatic Bending Cells for Automotive Parts

These freely programmable, CNC-controlled mandrel bending machines are ideal for rational mass production of hollow profiles with radii of more than 6 x D that are fitted in automobiles and commercial vehicles to permit the efficient machining of large radii and complex geometries with different bending radii as well as high-strength materials. 
Automatic bending cells simplify the manufacturing process, offer a high degree of occupational safety, withstand nonstop operation effortlessly, and increase productivity of hollow profiles for body and chassis construction, exhaust gas technology and other applications demanded by the automotive industry.

The Largest All-Electric Tube Bending Machine Ever

The ultra-powerful all-electric pipe bending machine from Unison is shown being unloaded at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. This new machine brings the flexibility of all-electric pipe bending technology to the fabrication of long and complex pipe shapes in single pieces used in ship pipework up 8 in NPS, with an outside diameter of 8.625 in, with Schedule 80 wall thicknesses of 0.5 in. (Photo by Ricky Thompson, Huntington Ingalls Industries) (first view)
An ultra-powerful all-electric pipe bender starts operations at a U.S. shipbuilder that supplies nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines to the U.S. Navy.

Tube Machining

An OD and ID turning station with BEX15 machining unit using Weldon tool holder and 1.5 kW motor drive and high precision angular contact spindle bearings. (second view)
This transfer machine uses a CNC servo driven spindle and slide components to cut extremely difficult and challenging large and long OD threads on steel tubing parts used in the HVAC component industry.

From Days to Minutes

The advanced 3D simulator provides realistic real-time visualization of the tube bending process to help designers create production-ready control programs. (first view)
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: Industry News

Tubex Partners with Burr Oak Tool

This deal expands representation and support of Burr Oak tube processing machinery in Canada.

Rattunde Celebrates Milestone

The Rattunde team hosted a technology open house to recognize their ten-year anniversary.
They celebrated their ten-year anniversary by hosting a technology open house.

HMT Adds New Applications Engineer

Kent Mettelmann will support tube bending and laser cutting applications customers in the southwestern and central U.S. states.


Tube & Pipe Fabrication: Products

FABTECH 2016 Sneak Preview: Tube & Pipe

Booth N-6125: As a cost effective alternative to expensive laser machines, the highly accurate and flexible 3D Tube Cutting Line from HGG combines precision tube cutting with an automated and custom designed in-feed/out-feed logistics system that includes multiple out-feed stations to increase production capacity while adapting quickly to changing production volume and tight lead times.
The 2016 edition of FABTECH is on track to be one of the largest metal fabrication events ever at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas from November 16-18. This special sneak peek provides technical reviews of some of the machinery, tooling, systems and accessories that will be exhibited in the Tube & Pipe Pavilion to help you get a head start on navigating the show floor and managing your time while you’re there.

Electric Tube End Forming System

Booth N-7108: For tubes up to 1½ in diameter, M71-E series Electric Tube End Forming Systems from Manchester Tool & Die feature independent stroke speed adjustment, easy access for tooling changeovers and service, energy savings and noise reduction.
The M71-E-6 Electric Tube End Forming System from Manchester Tool & Die forms tubes up to 1½ in diameter up to 40 percent faster than comparable hydraulic machines.

Advanced Tube & Pipe Fabrication Systems

Booth N-6300: As the only high production system with automatic loading and unloading that can process both tube and flat sheet in a single machine, the LC5 tube and flat sheet fabricating machine from BLM Group can be equipped with either a CO2 laser source with a power up to 4.5 kW or a fiber laser source with a power up to 5 kW.
Ideal for cutting mild steel and highly reflective stainless steel and aluminum, the LC5 tube and sheet fabricating machine from BLM Group handles tube up to 334 in long and 4.75 in diameter and automatically processes sheet metal up to 78 in x 236 in.