The Advantages of Using a Roll-forming Machine
Tube Mills is using to manufacture pipes and tubes of different diameters. They generally serve to deliver a raw material uncompromised from both ends. Their shape and composition provide inherent strength to compressive forces, ensuring that they are ideal for delivering fine flowable materials (e.g. water, fuel) through otherwise hostile environments without posing any risk to integrity or safety. The strength of these structures means that they can be used in a wide variety of environments.
The term ‘tube’ is typically associated with pumping. However, these machines can also be used to pressurise containers, for example to build large pipes for heating. Tube Mills also manufactures tubes for injection into cement, which has unique challenges when compared to other manufacturing processes. In general, there are three types of pipe/tubes: half-round, half-divert, and linear. While the shape of a half-round tube is conical, a half-divert tube features an axis of rotation. This allows it to be pressed into various shapes for different production processes.
Due to their extreme size and strength, pipe/tubes made by tube mills are used in a wide range of industries, as well as in the construction industry. For example, they are used to make pipes to supply cooling and heating systems in both industrial and domestic applications. Large manufacturing plants also use these structures to manufacture pipes, sometimes referred to as ‘rolling stock’. These are often found in petroleum refineries and sewage treatment plants.
Tube Mills have also been used for making large steel pipes. While they cannot be used to manufacture large diameter pipe, most tube mills work by welding together steel pipes to produce welded sections. A small or a machine used to feed material into the weld puddle is essential to keep the welds clean and free from bubbles and lumps. Tubes of different diameters can be welded together to produce smooth finished products. Most tube mills are operated using an electric motor to provide high-speed operations.
Because tube mills work by pressing and welding together differing sized and shaped materials, a variety of shaping operations may be performed. For example, in some cases, the operator may press the tube mills along a predefined curved outline to form hollow parts. Shapes may also be pre-shaped by the operator, which allows them to obtain different sized parts with greater ease and accuracy. When manufacturing different shapes, most tube mills will combine both the cutting and pressing operations to form the required shape. However, the process of combining the operations does not always lend itself well to producing the desired shaped product because the exact tolerance of the products formed is dependent on the exact configuration and measurements of the molds.
The ability to precisely shape products, while simultaneously reducing waste and saving on cycle time, is what makes using the roll forming system more advantageous over machining by hand. In the case of tube mills, the trained operator can produce virtually identical shapes by feeding a fixed material through the feed roller into the tumbler and then tapping into the formed area to close the tumbler. As you can see, by using this type of technology you are able to reduce waste and increase efficiency, while providing greater precision and accuracy than ever before. Because there are so many uses for this type of machinery, it is certainly worth investigating further.