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A portable, easy to operate pipe beveling tool that is designed to produce perfectly square and parallel bevels to help assure high-integrity welded joints has been introduced by Esco Tool of Holliston, Massachusetts, USA. 

wartmillhogThe Esco Wart MILLHOG® Portable Pipe Beveler mounts securely into the pipe I.D. using a self-centering draw rod assembly with a mandrel featuring expandable clamps.  Designed to create precise square and beveled pipe ends with ± 0.0254 mm accuracy, it has a 3-blade holder that can bevel, face, and bore any angle of end-prep, simultaneously, without using cutting fluids.

Ideal for highly alloyed materials or carbon steel, the Esco Wart MILLHOG® Portable Pipe Beveler runs at 98 RPM and incorporates robust construction with highly reliable dual-opposed taper roller bearings.  Suited for tube and pipe from 19.1 mm I.D. to 114.3 mm O.D., it is offered in pneumatic and electric motors.  A wide variety of TiN coated blades are available. 

The Esco Wart MILLHOG® Portable Pipe Beveler is priced from (US)$5,895.00 and is available for rent at (US) $200.00 per week. Esco will be exhibiting at Tube® Dusseldorf, Hall 1 Booth B75-20 from 30.03.2020 to 3.04.2020.

Thursday, 30 January 2020 20:49

Precision steelwork for roll frame presses

Specialising in products that must be highly dependable, Wiedenmann- Seile GmbH has continued to set new standards for more than 200 years. The family-owned and run company from Marktsteft has successively expanded from its eponymous original business area of fastening materials – ropes, chains, lashing belts, slings and lifting gear. This means that its portfolio now includes seven further business areas, covering fall protection (PPE), crane and hoist technology, as well as special steel construction. One focus of the company’s own steel manufactory is on customer-specific hydraulic presses with a pressing force of up to 1,000 tonnes (10,600 kN). When manufacturing the large, heavy, flame-cut parts required from high-strength, S690 quality steel, the steel manufactory places its trust in Jebens GmbH from Korntal-Münchingen.

2020 01 30 214923In 1969, the father of the present owner and managing director took over the rope works that was founded in 1812 in Fürth. Since 1965, the main factory has been located in Marktsteft and today there are also branches in Nuremberg, Brehna, Remscheid, Leuna and Issum. Over the last three decades, the second-generation head of the family business, Bernhard Etzelmüller, has developed the company into the Wiedenmann Group thanks to a keen sense for changed market conditions and successful niches. It has around 150 employees in six locations, including one hundred at the headquarters. Demanding, customer-specific, custom-made products and comprehensive service are the secret of the dynamic, mid-sized company's success. The establishment of their own steel manufactory with 20 employees at present – including seven in the in-house development and construction department – in 2010 was the logical consequence of the continuously growing demand for individual steel construction. Its focus lies on the development, design, dimensioning, welding and final assembly of special structures: there is particular demand for customer-specific load- carrying equipment, such as traversing hoists with a carrying capacity of up to 400 tonnes, grippers, handling systems or made-to-measure hydraulic workshop presses from a batch size of one upwards. Through close collaboration with Enerpac, a global market leader in tool hydraulics, hydraulic presses have, nevertheless, taken up an increasing amount of space in the order book of the steel manufacturer: 50 presses since 2013 speak for themselves. Wiedenmann press customers also include major manufacturers of construction and agricultural machinery, as well as gearbox manufacturers or well-known research institutes, as Volker Kohlhepp, the head of sales at the steel manufactory and a member of the board of directors, explains. Of critical importance for the tailor-made design of each press is, in his experience, the know-how built up over decades in design, construction and manufacture – paired with a strong focus on the application. Thus Wiedenmann builders' the special focus for each press, in addition to the component type and the planned machining programme, is also on ergonomics, product safety and ease of servicing. “Component feeding, ease of operation and easily accessible maintenance assemblies on our presses contribute considerably to efficiency of production and customer satisfaction”, is how Kohlhepp explains this principle. In its own words, Wiedenmann enjoys a unique position with its in-house development of roll frame presses, on which the press frame, which is mounted on rollers, moves over the press material on a rigid table, like a gantry.

A press table with a key feature An example of this is a four metre high, 2.8 metre wide roll frame press with 3,193 kN (300 tonnes) of pressing force, a table length of 3.8 metres and 13 tonnes tare weight. It is used for pressing and levelling components at a leading manufacturer of gear trains for wind energy, industry and transport. The massive welded and completely electrified roll frame construction for this workshop press is movable along a distance of 1,750 millimetres. This also allows one press mounting per crane for heavy components, such as ball or roller bearings. Its electronically adjustable upper yoke can be set to the desired height in five stages of 400 millimetres via a spindle drive and operating panel. The hydraulic cylinder mounted centrally in the upper yoke locks automatically in the new position. Hydraulically adjusted locking pins form the load-bearing connection between the upper yoke and the pillars. The hydraulic pump and controller are mounted on the press frame and move with it. As the press is strengthened in the interaction with the table that can be moved forward automatically, it forms a closed pressure system, so that no force is transmitted into the floor. As a special feature, instead of the usual reinforcement ribs, Wiedenmann integrated insert openings for press tools in a range of sizes into the tabletop. They can be exchanged, depending on the type of component being processed and thereby make a much wider range of processing operations possible for the operator. The vast experience and highly efficient production at Wiedenmann reflects the tempo of the order processing: It only took six weeks from the first contact regarding the basic specification of the press, dimensioning, the creation of a very comprehensive specification and order placement through to the presentation of the baseline design, including the detailed description. Wiedenmann only needed four months from order placement to delivery – almost a record for the complete part from dimensioning, detail construction, finishing, assembly and the test phase through to painting. In addition to hydraulic components from Enerpac, Wiedenmann only purchased parts for the controller, machine elements, sheet metals and flame-cut parts.

120 millimetre thick fine-grained steel

 With the press table, eleven different press-table inserts and the base components for the mobile upper yoke, Jebens created the core elements of the base construction for this high-end press. As the assembly of all further components was based on that, the delivery deadlines were, as always, tightly set at two weeks. On this occasion, too, the availability of high- strength steels in its own warehouse was an advantage for Jebens – with the quality assured thanks to its being a member of Europe’s leading heavy plate manufacturer Dillinger. The high pressure load of 3,193 kN required S690 QL quality fine-grained steel for the press table and inserts. For this reason, Jebens' specialists' expertise in demanding, made-to-measure precision steelwork gathered over the years has also proven itself in the processing of large, heavy components of this quality. To suit the material, substantially higher yield strength and tensile strength, as well as the tight tolerances set by Wiedenmann, required adaptations during cutting and alignment. So the fine-grained steel was pre-heated to 150 degrees Celsius by the flame cutter and parameters such as oxygen pressure and the cutting speed were set accordingly. The profiling was performed with several burners operating in parallel. A particular challenge was the subsequent straightening of the 120- millimetre-thick sheets of high-strength steel with the flame. In this case, the proven expertise of the master aligner at Jebens was needed to precisely control the alignment process with the flame based on the precise observation of the surface colour and regular temperature measurement. This is also a prerequisite for ensuring that there is no loss of the qualities of the material. Know-how and quality that Volker Kohlhepp appreciates: “Jebens is good! They can do it!”

Top in material availability and competency

 Since 2014, Kohlhepp has worked with experts from Korntal-Münchingen – not only for presses, but also for other special constructions in steel manufacturing. Other flame-cutting operations were not always able to meet the short delivery times required, so he went looking for alternatives. The extensive stock of high-strength steel in thicknesses from 30 to 300 millimetres and the good access to rollings from Dillinger spoke in favour of Jebens straight away. “Many of our suppliers can deliver at most S355J2+N quality from their warehouse. For our increasing ultra-high strength steel constructions we required a reliable supplier for S690QL and S960QL quality materials”, states Kohlhepp. Jebens' company size and throughput were also important selection criteria for him in terms of price and reliability of supply. “Our customers demand high performance from us, which our suppliers also have to guarantee reliably”, is how Volker Kohlhepp explains his expectations. For the last four years, Jebens has met these high demands to his complete satisfaction. “The collaboration is very good – both for requests by telephone regarding the offer calculations and in distribution.” As a former strategic purchaser, he values suppliers who are happy to take on increasing requirements and successfully master new challenges: “Jebens is agile. You can rely on them and that is why we are happy to work with this company on our demanding special constructions.”

Jebens GmbH

 As a leading specialist for heavy flame-cut components, mechanical processing and welded structures with weights of up to 160 tonnes per item, Jebens GmbH regularly sets standards in its locations in Korntal-Münchingen and Nördlingen. With seven-stage manufacture of products from eight to 1,400 mm, widths up to 5,000 mm and lengths up to 20,000 mm Jebens stands for precision steelwork. As a subsidiary of the most important heavy plate manufacturer worldwide, Dillinger, Jebens has access to technologically pioneering steel know-how at all times. Leading technology, the most modern machines and systems, as well as the largest annealing furnace in Southern Germany, make Jebens the experts for demanding jobs.

Using Hardox® wear plate and Strenx® performance steel from SSAB, Australian Taurus Mining Solutions has managed to lower the weight of its mining buckets, increasing the capacity of the buckets by up to 10 percent while still keeping their durability. This translates into cost savings for customers. Taurus’s production also benefits.

Formed through a joint venture, Taurus Mining Solutions brings together design expertise and substantial experience from manufacturing and aftermarket services. The result is high-quality mining equipment, such as truck trays, excavator buckets, loader buckets and dozer blades.

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Taurus aims to increase customers’ production rates, reducing overall operating costs and improving safety. So it was natural that the company chose Hardox® wear plate and also, in some chosen parts, Strenx® performance steel from SSAB for its buckets.

“It was a good mix because our idea of coming up with innovative products was to have lighter and stronger parts that are hard-wearing,” says Oliver Sabu, one of Taurus’s owners.

The result is a mining bucket that weighs one ton less compared to the previous model. This translates into four loads to fill a mining tray instead of earlier five loads. It also means improved bucket life and decreased downtime. As an example, a mine site in north Queensland, Australia, is currently using a bucket and tray combination that improves productivity by 10-18 percent.

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The Taurus buckets are mainly used for loading and transporting coal and soil. The company’s biggest bucket is for 5600-model excavators, carrying roughly 36 cubic meters of product. For the bucket’s wearing areas, Taurus, a Hardox® In My Body customer program member, mainly uses Hardox® 450 steel. The sheet sizes vary. Sidewalls are usually around the 25-millimeter range and the cheeks around 80 to 100 millimeters.

“On the internal, we use Hardox wear plate on the floor and sidewalls,” explains Travis Van Rooy, fabrication and workshop leading hand at Taurus. “On the external, we use them on the floor as well, and if it’s required, on the external of sidewalls and cheeks.”

Some Strenx® performance steel is also used in the bucket, at high-stress points such as the hitch and the torque tube areas, to withstand the weight of the bucket and the operational forces of the machine.
The use of Hardox® and Strenx® steels also benefits Taurus’s production process by improved fabrication times and less pre-heating.

“When designed right, and processed right, and all the parameters are maintained, the weldability of Hardox is excellent,” Sabu says. “The strength of the material is without comparison, and it’s always consistent, which are the reason we use SSAB steel in our buckets.”

Amada Miyachi Europe offers a full range of pulsed arc welding power supplies for precision joining applications, ensuring exact control and repeatability. These supplies range from lab models with customizable options, to production machines offering streamlined features to match the customer’s exact needs. Every item is designed and built in-house, from equipment for small-scale manual production to fully automated systems.

With a specialist product portfolio developed for precision joining of materials and spanning many industrial sectors, Amada Miyachi Europe can uniquely offer the correct technology to suit customers’ specific needs. Each system solution is available with easy-to-program PLC or industrial PC software. Also, each system benefits from SPC integration, automatic alignment, advanced user interfaces, remote diagnostics, CNC motion, robotics, and product transport systems, as required.

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The systems are available in 1, 2, 3, and 4 output models to allow for a single power supply in high-speed production automation. Single output standard models include the PA-60P and PA-200P. Multiple output models are available from 20-60 amps.

Each unit produces a pulse of accurately controlled current. A specially developed arc start system incorporates a high voltage DC impulse, operating with a stabilizing power supply. This ensures consistent arc ignition with minimal radiated interference. All models offer gas flow control and voltage monitoring, to detect arc failure.

Closed loop techniques ensure stable outputs independent of temperature, cable lengths, and mains supply variations. Amada Miyachi Europe accomplishes this through transistorized output control and an analogue feedback and drive circuit. This control system responds rapidly to process changes and stabilizes output, ensuring consistency.

Insolvencies in the UK steel sector are forecast to rise by 5% in 2020, according to a report from trade credit insurer Atradius.

The Atradius annual Market Monitor on the steel sector highlights ongoing challenges for the UK steel industry, which are driving a deterioration in profit margins. Energy costs for British steel producers – which are between 50 to 100% more than in Germany and France – are a major competitive disadvantage. Compounding this, businesses are also facing higher commodity costs, lower sales prices for steel, due in part to historic stockpiling and exacerbated by Brexit-related uncertainty, alongside fierce competition. As a result, Atradius reports steel value added growth is expected to have levelled off in 2019 and to contract 1% in 2020.

2020 01 30 213510Atradius’ analysis shows that the average payment period for the UK steel and metals industry is now close to 60 days with squeezed margins leading to increasing payment delays. These delays are forecast to rise further in the coming 12 months with an increase in insolvencies of 5% in 2020.

Despite relative stability in demand in the steel sector, a slowing performance of other industries is taking its toll. In particular, subdued investment in the construction sector as a result of uncertainty surrounding Brexit and a marked slowdown in demand from automotive have both had a knock-on impact upon the demand for steel in the UK. Brexit remains a concern for the industry as if a trade agreement isn’t agreed, UK steel and metal exports could be subject to EU measures. At the same time, should there be no preferential tariffs on non-EU trade, the UK industry could become more vulnerable to cheap imports from Asia and the Middle East.

There is potential for an increase in consolidation within the industry. An increase in interest from larger mills in acquiring more downstream businesses in order to support vertical integration is noted, driven largely by desire to improve efficiencies and economies of scale, as well as increasing the bargaining power with major end suppliers. However, there is a risk this could put pressure on independent service centres, as stockists associated with mills will receive preferential prices for their products.

Christopher Wall, Senior Sector Analyst at Atradius, said: “Looking forward, the challenge for service centres and stockholders is to maintain decent margins against price volatility.  While falling prices are for the most part endemic, a rise in Q1 2020 is possible. Of course, sustained uncertainty largely created by Brexit has not made a solid foundation for the industry or indeed the wider economy.  It remains important for businesses trading within the sector to take the necessary precautions to mitigate against the inevitable risks. This includes maintaining a steady flow of quality information both on the wider industry and individual customers and reacting promptly to any deterioration in payment trends. Alongside this, forward planning and building strong relationships with trusted partners is key. A proactive and robust approach to risk management remains essential”

For the full report and access to a suite of free country, economic and trading reports, visit

KASTO has comprehensively re-engineered its 'tec' range of top-end, horizontal bandsaws, which are intended principally for automatic, high performance processing of all materials including difficult-to-cut metals using carbide saw blades. New features have been incorporated enabling faster production, allowing cutting cycles to be halved in some cases. At the same time, tool wear is reduced.

The benefits are largely a result of the incorporation of a pair of servo motor-driven ballscrews for steplessly adjusting the downfeed to optimise the management of bandsaw blade chip load. The system is combined with the integration of KASTOrespond technology, originally developed by the German manufacturer for its 'win' bandsaw range, for continuously monitoring the pressure on the blade so that the downfeed force can be optimised, irrespective of whether solid material, tube or profile is being cut.

The saw feed control, without the need for additional and often error-prone sensors, enables cutting parameters to be continuously adjusted, not only at blade entry and exit but also throughout the entire cut. By constantly detecting the changing engagement length when processing round stock and also sensing hard spots in any material, KASTOrespond converts the measured forces on the tool into digital signals for adapting the downfeed speed.

The re-engineered KASTOtec AC5 bandsaw will make its UK debut at MACH 2020.The re-engineered KASTOtec AC5 bandsaw will make its UK debut at MACH 2020.

The user needs only to enter data such as cut lengths and number of pieces, together with the type of material to be sawn and its diameter, directly at the proprietary KASTO ProControl with colour touch screen interface. Everything else is taken care of automatically.

There is an additional, environmental benefit of electrically actuated ballscrew feed, as only a much smaller, separate hydraulic unit is required for stock positioning and clamping, so there is a significant reduction in the amount of power needed to run these new machine tools.

The second-generation KASTOtec machines will be presented for the first time in the UK at MACH 2020 on the stand of the firm's Milton Keynes subsidiary. Demonstrated under power will be an AC5 model, which is capable of cutting stock up to 530 mm in diameter or bundle cutting up to 530 x 630 mm.

As with the earlier machine range, a steel and mineral cast baseframe delivers efficient damping and quiet running, even when cutting materials such as titanium, Hastelloy and Inconel. Vibration - the main source of sawing inaccuracy and machine wear - is lowered further by spring-loaded tensioner guides inside the top of the saw head guarding that provide the band with extra support.

New is a frequency-controlled bandsaw blade drive through a bevel spur gear that exploits the advantages of both gear types, delivering 15 kW of power and infinitely adjustable cutting speeds from 30 to 300 m/min. Pre-tensioned linear guides, each with two grease-lubricated carriages, also help to extend the working life of the machine.

The manufacturer has even gone to the trouble of including a system for automatically optimising the position of a pair of cleaning brushes relative to the band so that chips are always removed optimally from the saw teeth, preventing recutting and consequent tool wear and damage.


The KASTOmicut range of pivot-bow, metalcutting bandsaws from KASTO has been extended upwards and downwards from the three pre-existing, automatic and manually operated 2.6 models that were launched at MACH 2018.

The new KASTOmicut U 4.6, which will be exhibited at MACH 2020 for the first time in the UK, can saw flats up to 520 mm wide at 90 degrees and mitres from -45 to +60 degrees. Material clamping is effected by a horizontally acting, hydraulic vice. Band speed range is wide at from 12 to 150 m/min for processing an extensive range of different materials cost-effectively.

The double brushes that clean the blade on new KASTOtec saws are always optimally positioned for efficient chip clearance.The double brushes that clean the blade on new KASTOtec saws are always optimally positioned for efficient chip clearance.

A heavy, torsionally rigid, welded saw frame provides stable support for the blade and allows high band tension, ensuring a good quality cut even with hard-to-machine materials. Various accessories are available including a rotary table to support the material.

Included in the range of larger machines is KASTOmicut E 4.6, which has the capacity to cut 335 mm diameter round and 460 x 335 mm flat material. It is designed for single-sided mitring at any angle from 0 to +60 degrees.

For users who mainly saw smaller workpieces up to 180 mm diameter, KASTO has introduced the compact KASTOmicut P 1.8 capable of mitring between 0 and +45 degrees. Downfeed rate is determined by manually guiding the saw frame and the blade is driven by a 1.5 kW three-phase motor, ensuring high quality cutting.

Depending on machine model, the shortest cutting length is between 6 and 10 mm. With a remnant length of 15 to 30 mm, users can make maximum use of the material being sawn. An efficient worm gear drive provides top performance and the advanced design ensures a constant cutting force for efficient processing of different materials.

As a large percentage of the parts used in the various bandsaw models is identical, KASTO is able to offer them at attractive prices. An extensive variety of accessories is available to extend the application of all the saws.

A Tees Valley engineering company is set to save hundreds of thousands of pounds each year thanks to a joint research project with Teesside University.

Saltburn-based Peel Jones Copper Products, which has provided high conductivity copper castings to the global iron and steel industry for 50 years, is set to grow capacity by 15% per year with the roll-out of a fully digitized manufacturing process developed in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Teesside University.

tuyere developed as part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Teesside University and Peel Jones.tuyere developed as part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Teesside University and Peel Jones.

The company – whose specialism is developing water cooled copper castings for blast furnaces, arc furnaces, smelters and cupolas, including triple cooled and double chamber tuyeres (piped or cored), tuyere coolers, flat plate stack coolers, stave and mini-stave coolers, clamps, troughs and tapping box seats – sought the University’s expertise through a two-year KTP project. A KTP is an Innovate UK-funded programme that helps SMEs to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within universities.

Under the guidance of Dr David Hughes, a senior lecturer in Teesside University’s School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies, the project saw the University optimise the performance of blast furnaces through innovative 3D design and manufacture of blast furnace castings, utilising materials processing optimisation, embedded monitoring systems and advanced manufacturing processes.

Andrew Young, Managing Director of Peel Jones Copper Products, said the KTP had delivered above and beyond what was anticipated at the project outset. “We are now capable of producing tuyeres – a tube, nozzle or pipe through which air is blown into a furnace and our most complex product – alongside other products in 3D within a period of just one or two weeks,” he explained. “We have a knowledge repository for technical information and a file management system set up for 3D models, and essentially the whole company culture has moved towards technical work involving simulation and advanced quality planning. Overall, the new processes that have been introduced here have resulted in a 100% improvement in mould assembly, in one case, and cost-savings on other product lines so far addressed, which we estimate will be in the region of £660,000 worth of capacity per annum going forward. We are absolutely delighted with what has been achieved through the partnership.”

Dr Hughes added: “This KTP is arguably our most successful yet in terms of what we have delivered and the outcomes for the company. We have effectively moved Peel Jones Copper Products from traditional 2D drawings to a fully digitised design and manufacturing processes. Through the project we also captured the customer voice which showed there is great interest in instrumentation and improving the reliability of tuyeres. This has also opened doors for new business opportunities and commercial exposure for the company.”

From its North-East base Peel Jones Copper Products serves many plant operators globally including Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, India, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Turkey as well as the UK.

Thursday, 23 January 2020 07:56

Welding Enclosures for Titanium Parts

Welding titanium alloys often has to be carried out in an environment where oxygen can be eliminated throughout the welding cycle. If the parts were to come into contact with oxygen ay any point, the reactive metal can become contaminated, oxidising which can lead to reductions in corrosion resistance and mechanical strength.

Metal glove boxes, which are still in use today, can be used to provide an inert gas coverage. However these glove boxes are often large, heavy and expensive. Welders are challenged by their lack of flexibility when welding small parts.

Ultra low cost Flexible Welding Enclosures® designed by Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® are easy to use. They are manufactured from an optically clear ultra-violet resistant engineering grade pvc, providing excellent vision and ease of access.

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Luke Keane, Technical Support at HFT® said: “For many years the enormous cost of a metal enclosure prevented all but the major companies taking on work involving the fabrication of zirconium and titanium alloys. To the rescue came HFT® a decade or so ago with the introduction of purpose made Flexible Welding Enclosures®. We now manufacture Standard and Specially Made Enclosures to meet all requirements. There is no job too small.”

The use of Flexible Welding Enclosures® has also increased during development of the Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing process, providing an inert gas shield around the titanium and other reactive alloy components.

Georgia Gascoyne, CEO for HFT® said: “We have built a large number of different shapes and sizes, mostly to customer specification. Each one has its own identity with a variety of glove ports and dimensions. Some can accommodate a complete robot system internally. They are in use worldwide for applications including the aerospace, medical and motorsport sectors.”

“Inert gas such as argon is used to fill the enclosure and expel the air until the oxygen content is below 50 parts per million (ppm). It is essential when producing metallic components from alloys of titanium, zirconium and other reactive materials that the welding zone is purged of oxygen to a level lower than 50 ppm.”

Each Enclosure is manufactured with a connection for a Weld Purge Monitor®, so the oxygen level can be measured at all times. Transfer sleeves also makes it possible to pass small parts in or out of the enclosure without affecting the purge quality.

Made in Wales – Manufacturer of the Year 2019!

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® have a Worldwide Exclusive Distributor Network.

Magnetic Analysis Corp., Sensor Networks, Inc. and Zetec, three NDT leaders, have joined forces to offer the ZMS program, a single alternative for bar and tube producers needing to service and upgrade their phased array systems such as ROWA and BIS for detecting flaw/ wall thickness/ geometry and lamination.

With an emphasis on providing customers with fast  service for reliable, price-competitive UT array transducers and electronics, along with repair, maintenance, and  spare parts, these three companies, working together with one  point of contact, can bring existing test systems up to the latest standards.  Improved inspection through-put speeds and enhanced defect probability of detection can be achieved.

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MAC® (Magnetic Analysis Corporation) of Elmsford,  NY, will be the  sole  point of contact for customers serving as the  prime contractor, system integrator and  service provider.  MAC is a global company and has been designing and  manufacturing NDT instruments and  systems for metal producers for over 90 years.  With experienced Field Engineers and  Representatives based

throughout the  U.S. and worldwide, they have an in depth understanding of bar and tube producer requirements for integrating inspection instruments and production mechanics to meet today’s demanding specifications. Working with Zetec instrumentation, MAC will supply user friendly operator interface controls. Test results are  displayed as B and  C Scans.

Zetec Inc. of Snoqualmie, WA, a global  leader in nondestructive testing (NDT) solutions for power generation, manufacturing, oil & gas, aerospace and  more,  will provide the  phased array  electronics and  underlying software. Zetec’s QuartZ Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) instrument is the answer to the  requirements of complex and  high-speed inspections in the  harshest of industrial environments. The combination of UltraVision® software with QuartZ scalability and  robustness offer the  perfect solution for creating custom inspection solutions in a seamlessly integrated package.

SNI (Sensor Networks, Inc.) of State College, PA will provide their state of the  art transducers, including custom designs for specific applications.  Variables such as frequency, number of elements, mechanical packaging, cable and  connector styles can be replicated. SNI will work with MAC® to develop an enhanced program for rebuilt or spare transducers. SNI specializes in the design and  manufacture of both conventional and  phased-array ultrasonic transducers.  Their team of engineers and  production personnel have  decades of experience with transducers used in the demanding environment of the  factory-floor, QC, inspection and  testing.

With the  ZMS program, bar and tube producers can look to one  source for all their needs for upgrade, maintenance, spare parts and  repairs for their full body  UT inspection systems.

Sustainable, eco-friendly, energy saving and innovative: this is how most manufacturing companies wish to come across to the public.

2020 01 09 085655However, the road to reach this goal is a long and winded one, especially for resource-intensive technology companies in the wire, cable and tube industries. It often takes companies years to comply with the requirements relating to climate efficiency, sustainability and resource-saving processes.

All the more reason why Messe Düsseldorf is now focusing on an ecoMetals campaign during the leading international trade fairs wire and Tube: for the entire duration of the trade fair from 30 March to 3 April 2020 there will be guided tours – so-called ecoMetals tours – offered to the stands of exhibitors who produce in a sustainable manner that saves resources and cuts emissions.  

You will be given the opportunity to inform participants on the ecoMetals tours personally and in detail about your company’s innovations at your stand for a nominal charge of EUR 900. Interested exhibitors can apply under or

Interested trade visitors get information under or There will guided information tours free of charge starting at the ecoMetals information counter at the Nord entrance.

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