Roll formers that want to branch out to welded profiles need to know about the main welding processes – GTAW, laser, and induction. This article compares and contrasts each process so roll formers can determine which is best for particular applications.
Welded profile applications have been steadily increasing over the last 10 to 15 years, driven mainly by the automotive industry. As they look for ways to increase strength and reduce weight, automobile engineers continually research materials and forming processes to find the best combinations of part design, weight, and strength. To get a piece of this growing pie, roll formers need to consider manufacturability and reliability. How easy or difficult will it be to manufacture this profile? How stiff and strong will it be? Will the product be consistent from one run to the next and one day to the next?
This year marks a new format for the Pipe & Tube series. The program, previously held every two years, is now yearly, alternating between a practical tour-based event and a conference focused on technical presentations.
Pipe & Tube Lincoln 2015 – Top floor to shop floor will be Sept. 21-23, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The program features plant tours of Kawasaki, Lincoln Industries, TMCO, and Tenneco Seward.
An informative presentation from Dr. Chris Kuehl, FMA Economic Analyst, roundtable sessions featuring different tube & pipe technologies, and multiple networking events with tabletop exhibits complete the program.
The Tube & Pipe Journal® Industry Award winner for 2015 will also be presented at the event.
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