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Temporary closing of steel mill shocks workers, Granite City

The “temporary” closing of United States Steel’s Granite City Works, announced Wednesday, sent a wave of worry through 2,000 soon-to-be-laid-off steelworkers and a city that depends on its mill. “It’s been the heart and soul of this community,” Granite City schools Superintendent Jim Greenwald said. The move comes as tumbling oil prices hit the country’s [...]

Unidentified workers leave during a shift change at United States Steel Corp's Granite City Works on Wednesday in Granite City. The company announced it would temporarily idle its operations in Granite City and lay off more than 2,000 local workers


Roll-Kraft was pleased to welcome the 7th and 8th grade classes from the local Chardon schools to visit the company and tour the factory.  The students were greeted by tour guides who accompanied them through the various manufacturing operations and explained each process.  They observed the transformation of raw steel into roll tooling, which is [...]

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New Sales Manager for the Americas appointed by Superior Tube and Fine Tubes

US-based Superior Tube and UK-based Fine Tubes, leaders in the manufacture of precision tubing for critical applications across a range of global markets, are pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Latranyi as Sales Manager – Americas. Based at Superior Tube’s Head Office in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, Erik will be focused on developing a stronger footprint [...]

Erik Latranyi as Sales Manager – Americas

A good network for precise pipe production

New transfluid software ‘t project’ ensures safe processes and a wide range of geometrics It is no longer possible to imagine life and work without a computer and it is primarily the right software that makes computers so valuable for daily use. Pipe production also requires systems that allow safe bending of the pipes and [...]

caption: The mobile version ‘t project Draft’ helps to make pipe production more time efficient.

Blinn and Axis Pipe to get grant for skills development training

Texas Workforce Commissioner Ronald G. Congleton will present Blinn College with a grant for $115,145 to provide safety and skills training for almost 200 employees at a new pipe mill located in Bryan. As announced in August, Blinn partnered with Axis Pipe and Tube, Inc. to train 156 new employees and upgrade the skills of [...]


Major service order from Audi

Schuler to modernize nine tryout presses for premium car manufacturer at its Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm sites The Hydraulic division of Schuler Service has received its third major order within twelve months: the modernization of nine tryout presses for the Toolmaking department of AUDI AG. The lines were supplied in 1998 by press manufacturer Müller Weingarten, [...]

Schuler will modernize nine tryout presses for the Toolmaking department of AUDI AG (picture: Ingolstadt site). Schuler photo source.

What the Dickens! Liverpool’s 150 year old water pipes to be transformed

Four huge mains which have been supplying water to Liverpool since Dickensian times are set to be replaced. A £6m project will see 5km of new, plastic pipes threaded through the current cast-iron versions. The oldest of the pipes was laid in 1856 – the year the Crimean War came to an end and a [...]


Second Unison all-electric bending machine for fast-growing tube fabrication specialist

One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of grab poles for public transport vehicles, Dealercast, has installed a second Unison all- electric CNC tube bending machine to expand manufacturing capacity at its Manchester plant. The order for the machine was placed during Unison’s open house event, when tube fabricators were able to tour the company’s design [...]

This Unison 50mm all-electric Breeze tube bender has enabled Dealercast to expand manufacturing capacity at its Manchester plant.


Company to Showcase New Materials at Upcoming NPE2015 Tradeshow  Polymax Thermoplastic Elastomers, Inc., a leading manufacturer and custom compounder of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) materials, today announced the availability of an expanded line of premium quality TPE for use in extreme conditions applications. Developed using new product formulations and custom-engineered production machinery, the company’s extreme conditions [...]


Recently Implemented Lean Processes Ensure On-Time Deliveries of Roll-Kraft’s Tube and Pipe and Roll Form Tooling

Roll-Kraft has recently implemented Lean processes to eliminate common delays that hold up production.  Many manufacturing procedures have been scrutinized, re-organized, and some operations have been relocated within the building, for better flow of the product through the factory.  Using Six Sigma techniques, each step of the process has been reviewed and non-essential operations removed.  [...]

Kevin Hartman, Lean Manager, Roll-Kraft

Guang (Gavin) Chen joins T&H Lemont

T&H Lemont, an Inductotherm Group company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gavin Chen as Program and Marketing Manager, reporting to Walter Heller, Vice President of Pipe and Tube Mill Technologies. Gavin will be focusing his efforts on managing customer needs in Asian Industrial Markets and will be based out of Countryside, Illinois USA. [...]

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Rollform India commissions its special Tube Mill

Rollform India commissions its special Tube Mill for 90 mm OD x 9 mm thickness high tensile material pipes at Goodluck Steel Tubes’ new Automotive pipe manufacturing facility In a one of kind project, Goodluck Steel Tubes had awarded the order for supplying a Tube Mill for manufacturing special ERW Tubes of 90 mm OD, [...]

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