Tube Mills and Pipe Mills produce pipes and tubes of different shapes and sizes. They serve to bring a fluid or a product uncompromised from its endpoints to the desired location. Their unique shape and composition give them inherent structural strength to withstand compressive force, which means that they are ideal for delivering highly stream-able media (i.e. water, fuel) through otherwise hostile environments without risk of contamination.
There are two common types of tube mills available: those that are specifically designed to fabricate pipes and those that can fabricate both. In addition to their diameter range, there are also those that can be altered to accommodate different sized components. For instance, the ones that are designed to manufacture pipes are able to handle both large and small diameter pipes.
A typical tube mill will have a fixed or adjustable width or diameter. This will determine how the product is disposed. A common alternative to this is to alter the diameter range so that the product can be disposed in a more optimal way. This is typically done by decreasing the diameter range and increasing the roundness of the product.
The design of this machinery has numerous similarities to other similar types of machinery, such as turning cranes or a table-top screw press. However, one important distinction between these two machinery is that, in the case of a tube mill, the work piece is always smaller in size. In other words, the gearbox is designed with two rollers and an output roller – not as many as would be found on a table-top screw press, but enough to manufacture highly viscous products. The resulting products have very high compressive forces, which means that they need a very strong gearbox to ensure that they do not shatter into pieces when they hit the ground.
Because these units are so popular in the construction industry, it is important that the manufacturers to ensure their strength and performance. Many modern day tube mills use hard-wearing alloys for both the motor and the gearbox. These alloys ensure that the tube mill operates at its optimum capacity, offering both superior weld quality and the ability to tolerate a lot of wear and tear. The most important characteristic of the modern day gearboxes used in tube milling machines is that they are extremely robust and are designed to stand up against extreme heat and force. Some of the best alloys used in modern day tube mill gearboxes are Titanium, tantalum, aluminium, copper, brass and nickel alloys. However, each material has its own unique properties, which needs to be considered carefully when purchasing a machine.
In order to maximise the life of these machines, the gearbox should be kept as clean and rust free as possible. This is often best achieved with a regular cleaning and waxing of the internal parts. It is extremely important that you do not confuse a stainless steel pipe with a stainless steel strip. A stainless steel strip has a polished finish, while a stainless steel pipe will be unfinished, offering an excellent welding process and excellent weld quality. If you are considering this type of welding for your tubes, you should always test the welds by using a load cell, as if the load becomes too much, the welds will become damaged, making the life of your tubes highly unlikely. Choosing the correct fuel and shielding will also make a huge difference to the success of your project.