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

The Secrets to a Long-Lasting ERP Implementation

The Tube Specialties shop in Tempe employs 97 employees in tube fabrication and assembly, including bending, end forming, machining, welding, brazing, swaging and non-destructive testing for tube assemblies. 
Infor VISUAL enables Tube Specialties, a fabricator of complex tube assemblies, to improve their overall productivity and shop efficiency, and support customer requests without spending excessive time and absorbing additional costs. 


Tube & Pipe Fabrication: Industry News

Plansee Invests in New Cold Rolling Mill

Plansee uses modern rolling mills to produce the world's largest molybdenum, tungsten, tantalum and niobium sheets. They operate the world's largest hot rolling mill for refractory metals. With a massive rolling force of 50,000 kilo-newtons, this produces sheets up to 2,000 mm wide and several meters long.
The ultramodern cold rolling mill produces thin and medium-thickness molybdenum sheets up to 1,000 mm wide.

Steel Tube Gears Up for Expansion

Their 32,000 sq ft expansion will house a new UV resistant galvanized steel tubing product line, a CNC sawing system, and 20 new employees.

Rattunde Showcases New Facility

The new Rattunde facility in Caledonia Township, MI, near Grand Rapids.
The 30,000 sq ft plant builds automated finished length tube and solid bar production systems.


Tube & Pipe Fabrication: Products

Laser Cutting of Large Tube Diameters

The LT8 tube processing system is equipped with a tilting, ± 45 deg head that provides for three-dimensional, five-axis cutting and ultra high-speed piercing during complex cutting on most tube profiles. Its Active Focus technology can adjust the beam focal position to reduce pierce times up to 30 percent and improve the tilt cutting speed.
The flexible LT8 laser cutting system from BLM is ideal for 5-axis 3D cutting of 40 ft long, 8.625 in diameter stainless steel tube weighing up to 1,000 lb.

High Volume Tube & Pipe Cutting Services

Reika Rotary Head cutoff equipment is ideally suited for high volume fabrication of heavy wall coupling blanks, drill string components, drive shafts, steering columns, shock absorber bodies, axle tubes, bearing blanks, conveyor idlers, hydraulic cylinder barrels and more. 
Graebener-Reika can provide high volumes of heavy wall tube and pipe components for oil country, automotive and general industry applications.

CAD/CAM Software for Tube Bending and Laser Tube Cutting

For tube bending, the software automatically extracts key manufacturing information such as bend angles and rotations from a native SolidWorks model or a common CAD file such as STEP, IGES or ParaSolid and creates the bend table for immediate use on a CNC bending machine, as well as the XYZ coordinates and a 2D drawing of the modeled tube.
TubeWorks from Unison can ‘unbend’ its bent tube CAD models into flat or straight configurations for laser cutting holes and cut-outs.