Tube Mills: An Overview
Tube Mills and pipe making processes are generally used in the construction of tunnels, bridges, dams, power lines, pipelines and telecommunications infrastructure. They also manufacture pipes and other materials of varying shapes, sizes, configurations and function. They serve to deliver a stable material to various end points without risk of rupture. The inherent characteristics of their structure and materials give them inherent resistance to compression, which means they are perfect for delivering flexible, cost-effective materials (e.g. water, fuel) through otherwise hostile environments without risk of contamination.
When it comes to pipe manufacturing, there are many types of tube mills available. These are designed for different purposes and produced for specific industry segments. Some of the most common manufacturing applications are found in water and gas pipeline projects. A water pipeline involves the transport of water between various treatment plants and municipal water treatment plants.
Gas pipelines are typically constructed using welded tube mills. Welded tube technology is typically used to build the structural components of gas pipelines, including feeders, valves, pumps and joints. Typically, the application of this technology requires sophisticated machinery that is difficult to operate and maintain. To overcome these challenges, manufacturers of welded pipe and tubing require highly skilled operators who can both operate and maintain these machines.
Another type of tube mills that are frequently utilized in the construction and/or repair of power poles, wind turbines and transmission lines are the roller-form machines. These specialized machines utilize an abrasive roller to create welds that bond the welding process to the metal being formed. This method of tube mill forming is often used when high-quality welds are required along with the strength of the welding process and/or the ability to create thinner, more intricate welds.
For the manufacture of plastic parts that will be utilized in a variety of industries, manufacturers utilize two different types of tube mills: the idle-side forming machine and the pass-side or continuous-flow forming machine. idle-side tube mills operate under constant pressure and are normally used for forming thin layers of plastic while stationary; they produce little energy and have a minimum line width. A continuous-flow forming machine passes continuously through a die, which creates a uniform thickness, and is designed for higher quality pieces of plastic. Tube milling machines may also be utilized for other manufacturing applications in the metal fabrication industry.
Some tube mills are used to fabricate a variety of handrails and other railings that must be precision cut, bent and drilled. For example, tube milling is often employed to manufacture railroad ties, guardrails, skirting boards, and stair railings. Likewise, tube mills are used to manufacture plastic parts that are used in a variety of different industries, including aerospace, automotive and marine, and food and pharmaceutical industries. In addition, tube forming is increasingly being utilized to create hollow components that are suitable for a variety of different applications in defense applications, including bullet-proof coatings. Similarly, tube molding is rapidly growing as an alternative to conventional sheet metal fabrication; a tube molding manufacturer may also design and construct die casting, hot forming, pressure sensitive coating and other heat treating applications that require a consistent interior cross sectional area.