Pipe Mills is primarily used for manufacturing pipe materials and products. They are sometimes built as separate machines, but often they are built into an existing manufacturing line. They are designed to run on the basis of different gauge pipes and materials. They usually function with the concept of modular fabrication, so that alterations or upgrades can be easily done, without affecting the production flow. Pipe Mills is used in a variety of industries for different applications.
Pipe Mills are manufactured to make seamless pipes and products of different sizes and shapes. Tube Mills and seamless tube mills manufacture pipes and tubes of different diameters, through different manufacturing techniques, to different specifications. They serve to deliver a single material uncompromised at both end points. They are very commonly incorporated as handrails on buildings, are efficient as temporary support beams, guardrails, as machine supports, are useful as flag poles and other pole attachments, and produce niche jobs like a firemen’s pole.
Pipe and tube manufacturing is a critical part of most construction projects. Pipe and tube mills can also be integrated into the construction of prefabricated buildings made of concrete slabs. When integrated seamlessly into the building, pipe and tube mills enable faster manufacturing and saving of construction budget.
Pipe Mills can generally be classified into two categories, namely, semi-automatic and fully automatic. In semi-automatic mills, they are run by an internal motor. In a fully automatic pipe mill, a control system is used that controls the movement and output of the various components. Semi-automatic pipe milling systems are found in most shops and manufacturing units. On the other hand, fully automatic pipe mill systems run on sophisticated software for scheduling of jobs, tracing designs, monitoring performance, etc.
Pipe and tube mills are of various types and are manufactured according to the requirements of different clients. For instance, a high temperature laminated pipe is made at the welding shop. Such welding stations use high temperature lamination to manufacture pipes. In another case, a fiberglass pipe is manufactured at the welding shop using the hot gas torch. The fiber glass pipe is highly resistant to stress cracking and thus saves time and money.
Pipe and tube milling techniques include both longitudinally welded pipe and cross-link pipe manufacturing. A longitudinally welded pipe is similar to a typical cold-formed steel pipe. On the other hand, cross link pipe designs incorporate a two-layers process. These types of milling techniques enable the production of a variety of pipe products such as hot dip galvanized stainless steel pipe, low heat galvanized mild steel pipe, aluminum tube, copper tube, nylon coated pipe, polyester coated pipe and so on.