Pipe Mills and Tube Mills make tubes and pipes of different diameters. They serve mainly to deliver a desired material uncompromised from both ends. They can be employed to build temporary structures like scaffolds, are used to build temporary installations like flag poles, are efficient as handrails and guardrails, make for efficient building foundations, guard rail, and a variety of other purposes. In their general form, they are tubular steel tubes that are supported at one end by a single central pole, which is buried to a depth of four inches. The core or the face of the tube is manufactured from iron, aluminum or another strong and sturdy metal, while the outer circumference, or the outer surface, is covered with insulation and various additives to serve as protective coatings.
Pipe and tube mills manufacture pipes and bullions of different diameter, height and length. They can also be customized, as is the case with different core sizes and pipe diameters. As mentioned earlier, they are largely used as handrails in structures, as they can be extended for various height requirements. Similarly, pipe and bullion milling is extensively used to manufacture handrails for buildings as well as to provide support for various railings in public structures, for instance, retaining walls and fences.
The construction industry has witnessed continuous growth over the years, due to the use of seamless tubing and pipe machines. Seamless tubing allows for easy construction and superior strength. While seamless construction does not allow for expansion or contraction during manufacturing or shipping, seams or joints are easily joined using welding or riveting. In addition, they help reduce waste, costs and optimize productivity. Pipe and tube mills are highly automated, allowing for optimal utilization of manpower and materials, while increasing speed and productivity.
Pipe and tube mills are generally built around a core, which holds the material together during manufacturing. The core can either be made from steel, aluminum or other metal. After the core is constructed, it is then placed inside a hopper, where it is filled and extruded until it reaches the finished pipe or tubing diameter. The tubes are further melted and formed into the specific diameter, thickness and length before they are supplied to the customers.
In terms of design, one can either choose from pre-constructed core tubes, which are available in pre-fabricated lengths, or one can build the diameter, length and other important features of the custom-made system, according to the requirements. Some companies also offer seamless tube milled systems, which can be assembled in a single trip, as opposed to the conventional longitudinally welded pipe machine. In terms of efficiency, stainless steel pipe mills stand out as the most efficient among all the types of milling systems.
There are many advantages of using pipe and tube Mills as compared to the conventional weld stations. Firstly, it has a much lower maintenance factor. This is because of the lack of heat-distributing liquids and gases in the process, reducing the possibility of damage to the equipment. In addition, it also allows for easier cleaning, removing the impurities during the fabrication and assembly process, thereby reducing cycle time. Finally, while stainless steel tube mills produce the best quality of metal, as compared to the traditional welding process, the cost of operation is much lower.