Pipe Mills is using to manufacture pipes and tubing of different diameters and configurations. They serve to deliver a fabricated material uncompromised at both endpoints, ensuring its safe transportation through various hostile circumstances. Their shapes and compositions offer inherent strength to withstand compressive forces, thereby enabling them to be perfect for delivering high-quality media (e.g. water, petroleum) through potentially hostile environments without posing any danger to the users. In order to carry out its function satisfactorily, a pipe mill must be carefully designed, built and subsequently maintained.
Pipe Mills is generally used by pipeline companies, chemical manufacturers, power plants, water treatment authorities and waste management companies in order to manufacture customized pipe for specific purposes. The industry has experienced an influx of pipe manufacturing companies over the years with the advent of new technology and rising demand for products. The rise in modular manufacturing and design processes have also meant increased demands for quality pipe. Pipe Mills plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the manufacturer or company is able to meet the client’s specific requirements. Pipe Mills typically consists of two key components – the trencher and the taper.
The trencher is the primary machine and it is responsible for creating the real-time data feed from the production line to the input and output devices. It is capable of switching on and off the machinery and managing the feed rate, the capacity of the pipe as well as the type of pipe material. A trencher can be controlled via a single switch or by individual valves or microprocessors. Since the trencher is in direct contact with the actual real-time production line, it is prone to experiencing mechanical failures. Therefore, it is imperative to regularly maintain and service the trencher to ensure smooth running.
Tubes are preheated in the tube mills before forming the pipes to be used in the pipe line. This ensures that the tubes are hot enough to expand the melting point of the steel while welding. Steel tubes are preheated in the furnace to make them expand to their melting point, this ensures that the tubes can be welded effectively and safely.
In addition to the preheating of the steel pipes, sheet metal pipes are also pulled through the tube mills by hand. This is because the manual operation minimizes the possibility of the pipes becoming disconnected. This minimization of the chances of mechanical failure and human error allows the pipe manufacturers to produce large numbers of seamless pipes in a shorter time.
Pipe manufacturers often utilize a secondary cutting process in order to finish the edge condition of the pipe. Specially designed tools are utilized in the process and ensure that the edge condition of the welded products remain intact. These tools are used in the pipe mill by hand and ensure that the products are cut neat and flat. The tools used in these pipe mills are usually available from the manufacturer and require no special equipment in order to be operated, the primary advantage of using such tools is the time factor, the tooling is easy to operate and maintain and the savings in production as a result of the efficiency with which they can be used.