Tube Mills: The Secret To Fusing Durability And Speed With High Density Tubing Designs
If you’ve heard of a” Tube Mill,” perhaps you’re wondering what it’s used for and whether or not it could ever be used for your own business or for your own industry. To start, let’s explain the basics of a tube mill, since this is a very important term to know in the world of pipe forming. In its most general sense, a tube mill refers to any type of welding or wire joining machine. In addition, the term can also apply to any type of welded roller-forming machine.
A tube mill has two main types of operation: wet and dry. In the simplest term, a tube mill is simply a type of welded roller-forming machine; but not every welded roller-forming machine is really a tube mill. Tube Mills is essentially welded roller-forming machines that have been “fine-tuned” to work within a particular diameter range, usually at high speeds (see Figure 2).
There are many types of these machines, with varying degrees of complexity and utility. For instance, there are tube mills that can work at higher speeds than 50 rpm, as well as ones that work at low speeds. The difference is primarily dependent upon the type of application. For instance, small pipe mills would work best working with thinwall sheet materials that need to be formed into precise profiles and dimensions. On the other hand, these applications might also require large pipe mills that can handle much thicker materials.
As you can probably imagine, these machines often have many moving parts, which make them very difficult to repair or replace. Fortunately, advances in technology have led to the development of secondary metal injection systems, or TMS, which allow metal sheets to be pressed rapidly through the Tubes, curing the process in much the same way as in-line baking or other types of spinning. The TMS typically consists of a metal plate (the Tubes’ core), a curing chamber (which include the fine metal blades that grind the tubes to the right shape), and a power unit. The TMS provides the exact solution for the application, which is why it has been such a success for the metal fabricating and other manufacturing industries.
The benefits of TMS are twofold: first, the large number of forming operations that can take place in a given day (relatively few machine cycles are required); and second, the consistent, reliable performance over a wide range of diameter ranges. In other words, TMS allows for a large range of sizes in the diameter range of the completed tubes. Furthermore, because of the consistent nature of the operation, TMS does away with the need for costly maintenance and cleaning. Finally, TMS offers a unique solution that doesn’t compromise on speed or reliability, and as a result, TMS milling machines are highly suited to forming tubing at extremely high speed.
There are two types of Tubes, and each type has its own characteristics that make them superior to one another. Flush coated tubes are those that have a smooth inner surface and are used to form a variety of products, including brass, PVC, and tubing with a fine texture. Shot peened tubes, on the other hand, feature a tapered, flanged design that can be utilized to form brass, PVC, and other flexible tube materials. With the wide range of uses that these tube mills can provide, no other manufacturing method can quite match the speed and consistency with which TMS can work.